Watkins Glen International

Updated: August 8, 2011, 7:49 PM ET
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Overview
A driver has to be in the right frame of mind to win at Watkins Glen International, which features seven right-hand turns on a circuit that demands racers turn left for a living.

Located in scenic upstate New York, the track hosts the NASCAR Spring Cup Series on Sunday. A romantic trip to Niagara Falls or the nearby Finger Lakes wine country might be desirable for race fans.

Watkins Glen is one of the oldest road courses in America. The 2.45-mile track that opened in 1956 makes many demands of drivers -- who seem to either love it or loathe it.

Road courses are like clay courts in tennis; the specialists are always a threat to win. Among the NASCAR regulars, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon seem to enjoy the most consistent success on the road course.

Address
2790 County Route 16
Watkins Glen, NY 14891
theglen.com
More track news is available through jayski.com.
Fan Guide (downloadable): Web site

Notable Events

NASCAR Weekend
Friday, Aug. 12, 2011
• Practice, 9 and 11 a.m.
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
• NSCS practice, noon
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NNS final practice, 2 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS final practice, 4:10 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Qualifying, 5:40 p.m.
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
• Final practice, 6:30 p.m.
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011
• NNS qualifying, 9:45 a.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS Qualifying, 11:40 a.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Zippo 200, 2 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• Watkins Glen 200, 6 p.m.
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011
• Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, 1 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 8 a.m.

Note: All times are tentative and subject to change.

Tickets
• Ticket office: 866-461-RACE (7223)
• Online: Buy tickets | Seating chart
• Pit passes: Available, call the track ticket office for further information.
• Fan hospitality and special packages: Call track ticket office for details.

Track Specs
• Track length: 2.45 miles (road course)
• Race length: 90 laps
• Grandstand seating capacity: 35,000
• Opened: 1956

Carry-In Items
• Coolers: Allowed (campsite — any size; grandstands — one soft-sided bag/cooler with a size limit of 6x6x12, and one clear, plastic bag with a size limit of 18x18x4).
• Glass containers: Grandstands — not allowed; campsites — allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
• Cameras/binoculars: Allowed; must be worn separately.

Souvenirs and Displays
• Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.
• Scanners: Scanners available for rent on-site.
• Gift shop: The Pyramid Souvenir Center is located at the track in the infield. The Shop, the official retail store of Watkins Glen International, is located at 2 N. Franklin St. in downtown Watkins Glen.

Autographs
Check local newspapers and TV; drivers rarely available on race day.

Pit Area Guidelines
• Shirts: Required; must cover shoulder area.
• Shoes: Required; no open-toe shoes allowed.
• Shorts/capri pants: Not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed.

Camping
• Reserved: Sold out.
• Unreserved: Available; call the track ticket office for further information.

Getting There
Watkins Glen International is located approximately 3 miles outside of the Village of Watkins Glen.

• From Franklin Street in the Village: Drive south on Route 414 to the traffic light ( mile) at the top of the hill and turn right onto Route 16. Travel approximately 2 miles to the track (on the left).

• From Buffalo and points west: I-90 East to Route 14 South (Geneva exit 42), take Route 14 South or, I-90 East to 390 South to Route 17 (I-86) East to Route 414 North in Corning (exit 46 turn left at end of exit ramp).

• From Williamsport and points south: Route 15 North to Route 17 (I-86) East to Route 414 North (exit 46 turn left at end of exit ramp).

• From Albany, Springfield, Mass., and Oneonta: Route 88 West to Route 17 (I-86) West to Route 14 North in Horseheads.

• From Utica and points east: I-90 West to Route 81 South to Route 79 West (in Ithaca) to Route 414 South.

• From Binghamton, Scranton, New York City and points southeast: Route 17 (I-86) West to Route 14 North in Horseheads.

• From Syracuse, Auburn and Oswego: I-90 West to Route 14 South (Geneva exit 42). Drive 40 minutes from exit 42.

Parking
• Free parking: Available.
• Handicapped parking: Available; call the ticket office for details.

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