After being added to the slate of venues on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series calendar as a last-minute replacement of the failed Grand Prix of Boston, Watkins Glen International will be a feature on the series’ schedule through 2018.
Along with the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule announcement came confirmation that the Watkins Glen event has been extended for two additional years.
— Watkins Glen Int'l (@WGI) August 25, 2016
“For many New Yorkers, Watkins Glen holds a special place in their hearts,” said INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye.
“This iconic raceway brings together thousands of fans, family and friends each year and we are proud to be back at The Glen through the 2018 season.
“We thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support and for making INDYCAR’s return to this region possible. We are excited to cap off the great New York State Fair this Labor Day Weekend and celebrate the INDYCAR Grand Prix with all New Yorkers.”
The continuation of the modern Indy car event at the New York state track stems from what was initially a one-year deal that was quickly inked between INDYCAR and the track back when the proposed Boston street race was called off. While Boston is absent from the calendar, Watkins Glen has managed to come aboard the IndyCar schedule for years to come.
“In the end, this was the goal of both Watkins Glen International and INDYCAR — to announce a multi-year agreement,” stated Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International.
“We are very much looking forward to next weekend’s Grand Prix at The Glen and can’t wait to get started with our efforts to grow this event moving into the 2017 season.”
The Verizon IndyCar Series will race at Watkins Glen for the first time since 2010 on the weekend of Sept. 1–4, 2016, with the series’ visit to the track next year scheduled to take place on Sept. 3, 2017.