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). In addition, 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 was attended by 600,000 fans; and two Phish festivals: Super Ball IX in 2011 and Magnaball in 2015.

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  • I had been to the racetrack before, and was trying to explain to my husband what a 'twisted track' is like. My husband called the racetrack at 9AM to see if we could get on the grounds to sightsee.....  more
    I had been to the racetrack before, and was trying to explain to my husband what a 'twisted track' is like. My husband called the racetrack at 9AM to see if we could get on the grounds to sightsee.....  more »
  • We did the Drive the Glen experience in April & it was great! For $25 you can drive your personal vehicle for 3 laps on the track behind a pace car. Our entire family enjoyed the thrilling ride... 
    We did the Drive the Glen experience in April & it was great! For $25 you can drive your personal vehicle for 3 laps on the track behind a pace car. Our entire family enjoyed the thrilling ride...  more »
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  • The drive to the speedway is so beautiful 🤩 The track has so many options for where to view the raceway. 🏎💨 Each time an event ended we moved to a different vantage point. You may watch from several different stands, sit on the lawn, watch from the top of a building. The sound is incredible as the cars race passed. We can’t wait to visit Watkins Glen International again soon. 🏁
  • Amazing ! So much fun exploring all over the grounds! Got to see all the Cars, Garages, pits, and many different vantage points of the very large track! First time doing an event like this and we thoroughly enjoyed it ! Would love to come back for a legit big Nascar race! Many food and drink options . We did free parking in the back lots and it was pretty convenient to just walk over!

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