The Glen welcomes back racing great. Watkins Glen, NY (March 17, 2003) - One of the most well-respected racing greats, Phil Hill, will be returning to Watkins Glen International to serve as special guest for the Chemung Canal Trust Historic...
The Glen welcomes back racing great.
Watkins Glen, NY (March 17, 2003) - One of the most well-respected racing greats, Phil Hill, will be returning to Watkins Glen International to serve as special guest for the Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races weekend, June 6-8, track President Craig Rust announced today.
Hill, the first American to win the Formula One World Driver Championship, will make several appearances throughout the weekend and also has the duties of giving the command to fire engines prior to the start of the Sunday's Jaguar feature race.
"We are very pleased to welcome Phil Hill back to The Glen for this historic weekend," said Rust. "His first race at The Glen came in a Jaguar back in 1952, making him an ideal person to serve as our special guest on a weekend in which we honor Jaguar as our feature marque." Hill's first appearance at Watkins Glen in 1952 was driving an XK120-C Jaguar owned by Charles H. Hornburg, Jr.
"Watkins Glen is a very special place for me as I had an opportunity to race on the original road course in a lightweight Jaguar XK120 against a great variety of cars and drivers", said Hill, who also appeared at The Glen in 1958, and 1961-1964 with a variety of duties including United States Grand Prix Grand Marshal, practice driver and driver. "Many of my competitors became very good friends in later years and I hope to see some of them back at The Glen for the race weekend. While many people connect me with Ferrari, I drove Jaguars early on and had a great deal of success."
Hill has many prestigious championship trophies to back up his legendary stature. In addition to being the first American to capture the Formula One World Championship, Hill is a three-time champion of the grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring and the Argentine 1000km and two-time winner of the Grand Prix of Italy.
The Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races kick of a month jam-packed with electrifying sports car racing. Fans are invited to travel back in time and experience the nostalgia of the past, as the cars that made The Glen famous take to the track in a weekend filled with history, including Formula One, Indy cars, SCCA Can-Am, Trans-Am, and prototypes. Tickets start at only $19 and are now on sale, with advance prices available through May 4th.
Tickets for the Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races, as well as the entire 2003 racing season at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office at 607-535-2481 or online at www.theglen.com. For the finest Watkins Glen International items and apparel, motorsports collectibles, and authentic NASCAR merchandise, diecasts and clothing, stop by The Shop at 2 North Franklin Street in Watkins Glen or call 607-535-2338.
Phil Hill at Watkins Glen
1952: Drove an XK120-C Jaguar owned by Charles H. Hornburg, Jr. He started 20th and the race was halted on the second lap.
1961: United States Grand Prix (USGP), served as Grand Marshal and did not race.
1962: USGP, practiced Jo Bonnier's Porsche on Saturday and did not race.
1963: USGP, drove an Auto Tourismo Sport, started 15th and retired on lap four (oil pressure)
1964: USGP, drove a Cooper, started 19th and retired on lap four (broken ignition)