Yates to serve as Grand Marshal at The Glen

Yates To Give Famous Command For Global Crossing @ The Glen Watkins Glen, NY (August 1, 2001) - Watkins Glen International President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that Brock Yates, one of the most well-known and respected automotive ...

Yates To Give Famous Command For Global Crossing @ The Glen

Watkins Glen, NY (August 1, 2001) - Watkins Glen International President Bryan R. Sperber announced today that Brock Yates, one of the most well-known and respected automotive journalists, will serve as Grand Marshal for the upcoming Global Crossing @ The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup Series race.

Yates, a resident of Wyoming, NY, will recite the four most famous words in motorsports, "Drivers, start your engines," to the 43 participating drivers during pre-race ceremonies on August 12.

"Brock is one of the premier commentators on the sport of motor racing, as well as local resident and long-time supporter of The Glen," said Sperber. "We are absolutely thrilled that Brock Yates has agreed to serve as the Grand Marshal of the Global Crossing @ The Glen."

Yates is currently a featured columnist for "Car and Driver" magazine and a commentator for the "Speedvision" Motorsports Cable Network and has achieved recognition in the fields of magazine writing, books, screenwriting and television commentary. "Watkins Glen International has been part of my life for almost half a century," commented Yates. "Not only have I witnessed many of the greatest drivers of all time compete here, but I've had the privilege of racing at The Glen. To be chosen as the Grand Marshal for this world class Global Crossing @ The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race is a great privilege and I am humbly honored to serve in that role."

Yates is the originator and organizer of the famed "Cannonball Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dashes" and the more recent, internationally-recognized "One Lap of America" endurance event. He is the author of the screenplays for "The Cannonball Run" and "Smokey and the Bandit II" and his books include "The Decline and Fall of the American Automobile Industry", "Dead in the Water", "Sunday Driver" and "Outlaw Machine."

Yates has written extensively for "LIFE", "Sports Illustrated", "Playboy", "The Wall Street Journal", and "Reader's Digest." He is an active commentator on automotive industry matters and has appeared on a number of major television talk shows.

Yates' journalism expertise hasn't gone unrecognized. He is the winner of the Ken Purdy Award for Automotive Journalism and a winner of the Playboy Magazine award for editorial excellence, as well as numerous other journalism prizes.

The 2001 Global Crossing @ The Glen Winston Cup weekend August 9-12 features dramatic racing by the premier drivers in stock car racing, including three-time winner at The Glen Jeff Gordon and the reigning Global Crossing @ The Glen winner, Steve Park. Complementing the Winston Cup race is exciting sports car racing on Friday night with the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 and Saturday, the rising stars in the NASCAR Busch North Series take the green flag in the "Little Trees" 150 presented by Pepsi.

Tickets for the 2001 season at The Glen, including the Global Crossing @ The Glen weekend August 9-12, are still available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com.

-The Glen

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Brock Yates , Steve Park.