Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen

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Watkins Glen International, nicknamed "The Glen", is an automobile race track located in the town of Dix just southwest of the village of Watkins Glen, New York, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. It was long known around the world as the home of the Formula One United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for twenty consecutive years (1961–1980). Still, the site has also been home to road racing of nearly every class, including the World Sportscar Championship, Trans-Am, Can-Am, NASCAR Cup Series, the International Motor Sports Association and the IndyCar Series. The facility is currently owned by NASCAR.

The course was opened in 1956 to host auto races previously held on public roads in and around the village. The circuit's current layout has more or less been the same since 1971, with minor modifications after the fatal crashes of François Cevert in 1973 and J.D. McDuffie in 1991.

The circuit is a Mecca of North American road racing and is a popular venue among fans and drivers.
The site has also hosted music concerts: the 1973 Summer Jam, featuring The Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and The Band and attended by 600,000 fans; and two Phish festivals: Super Ball IX in 2011 and Magnaball in 2015.
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  • Incredible experience. I became disabled a couple of months before the race and had to really look at what I could still do. The offce was soo helpful and carng. Immediately changed our seat... 
    Incredible experience. I became disabled a couple of months before the race and had to really look at what I could still do. The offce was soo helpful and carng. Immediately changed our seat...  more »
  • What a track. Raced with Champcar. Facility was amazing. Food was good. Barrooms not too far from everything. Did I mention the track? One of the best in the country 
    What a track. Raced with Champcar. Facility was amazing. Food was good. Barrooms not too far from everything. Did I mention the track? One of the best in the country  more »
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  • I was so impressed with the traffic control the state troopers provided. They have entering and exiting down to a science. Very crowded, but I never felt unsafe. The vendors were ALL incredibly friendly. The event security were all patient, helpful, and understanding. Thanks for a great time!
  • Drive the Glen! Best $30 I’ve spent in a long time. 3 laps around Watkins Glen and you get to stop and take pictures at the start finish line. The kids loved it. We loved it. What else can I say?

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