It's going to be an exciting new season at Watkins Glen International. It's opening weekend and to kick it off Friday is the 9th annual Toyota Green Grand Prix from 9-4. Then the real action begins with you behind the driver's seat Saturday. Track laps are 25 dollars a car. The proceeds go to benefit the Food Bank. Also, opening weekend is the last chance to save with advance pricing on 2013 tickets. Visit The Glen dot com for more information!
Watkins Glen International and Kellogg Company announced in January that Cheez-It, the iconic snack brand, has signed a multi-year agreement to be the title sponsor of The Glen's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race coming up later in the season; August 8-11, 2013.
The events this weekend:
The 9th annual Toyota Green Grand Prix Friday, April 19, at Watkins Glen International, a celebration of sustainable transportation that promotes awareness of environmentally friendly vehicles and fuels through motoring events and educational activities.
Event time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. See schedule below.
Entries in the Doris Bovee Memorial Rally: 38 vehicles are registered. The rally this year is on one day, with a stand-alone segment in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning segment will be a 120-mile, fuel economy event on the 2.45-mile short course at WGI. In the afternoon, the rally moves to the Glen Motor Inn, Route 14 north of Watkins Glen, for the start of a rally on public roads for 90 miles.
Entries range from several Toyota Plug-ins, a Chevrolet Volt (electrical) to a 1933 Ford pickup truck (propane). Among the other entries, all using a variety of fuels and combinations: Electric Porsche 911, Diesel Tadpole Trike, Lexus CT200h, Volkswagen Jetta diesel, Ford CNG pickup and Mercury Mariner hybrid.
NYElectrathon competition: Teams from about 17 different high schools are expected. Part of the event will be educational technical talks by the students. The course will be in the Pit Terrace parking lot. This event is dependent on good weather.
Sponsors/partners: Toyota, Watkins Glen International, Corning Enterprises, Sports Car Club of America Glen Region, Clean Communities of Central New York, Sustainable Tompkins, the International Motor Racing Research Center and Stonebridge Gallery.
For more details: www.greengrandprix.com or Green Grand Prix Chairman Bob Gillespie at (315) 694-2812 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
GREEN GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE, Friday, April 19:
7-7:30 a.m. Fill-up at the Valero station on Franklin St./Route 14
7:15-8:15 a.m. Rally registration, WGI Tech Garage
8:25-8:40 a.m. Drivers meeting, Tech Garage
9 a.m.-noon Rally State 1, WGI Short Course
9 a.m. NYElectrathon registration, Tech Garage
9:30 a.m. NYElectrathon tech inspection, WGI South Lot
10:30 a.m.-noon NYElectrathon practice, WGI South Lot
12:15-1 p.m. NYElectrathon team presentations, Tech Garage
12:15-1:30 p.m. Displays, Tech Garage; lunch break
1 p.m. Rally School, Tech Garage
1 p.m. NYElectrathon First Heat, WGI South Lot
1:20-1:50 p.m. Fill-up at the Valero station on Franklin St./Route 14
2:30 p.m. NYElectrathon Second Heat, WGI South Lot
1:50-4 p.m. Rally State 2, start at Glen Motor Inn, Route 14 north
4-4:45 p.m. Final fill-up at the Valero station on Franklin St./Route 14
4 p.m. NYElectrathon awards ceremonies, Victory Circle
5 p.m. Green Grand Prix awards dinner, Glen Club