If you’re thinking there could be more patriotic ways to spend Independence Day weekend than watching twenty-two foreign born drivers battle against each other and three Americans at Watkins Glen – think again. From the rich history the track holds to the exciting events being held there this weekend, there’s no better place for a race fan to spend the 4th of July.
Watkins Glen International, or “The Glen”, has been home to a variety of open-wheel road racing events for more than six decades. Known for it’s plethora of twists and turns, The Glen is truly the one of the best road racing facilities in the country. In fact, its one of my personal favorites (that could also have something to do with the local wineries but more about that later). For more than twenty years, The Glen served as home to the United States Grand Prix, seducing drivers from all over the world with its seductive curves, including Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, and Stirling Moss (how can you not love that name?). If you’re eager to learn more, the Watkins Glen International website features an informative video timeline. My expertise lies in there here and now.
Nestled in the wooded hills of Watkins Glen, New York, The Glen is the perfect location for a weekend of camping and outdoor activities, which I suppose is appropriate for an IndyCar event titled “Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen”. On Friday, July 2, the The Indy-Pendence celebration will kick off at noon in the Village of Watkins Glen. This family friendly event featuring games, rides, food, and entertainment, will close with fireworks over Lake Seneca at 9:45 pm. The staff at the Glen has done a terrific job outlining the details of the festivities here.
Speaking of wine (no, I wasn’t but that’s not the point), be sure to check out the Finger Lakes Wine Experience exhibit in the Turn 10 Village on Saturday afternoon from 12:00 – 5:00 PM and 6:30 – 9:30 PM and/or before the IZOD IndyCar Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen on Sunday. Check out more details provided by the good folks at WGI. So there you have it; the history of an American racing facility, fireworks, food, weekend drinking, and of course, some good old fashioned open wheel road racing. God Bless America.