Watkins Glen International also known as The Glen. It is situated in Watkins Glen New York at the tip of the south of Seneca Lake. It is the home for the Formula One US Grand Prix all around the world. It has the capacity of 38900 seats. It was permanently opened in 1956. Track’s last name was Watkins Glen Grand Prix Circuit. It is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation. Watkins Glen has different course include; Grand Prix Course with inner loop which was built in 1992, Short Course with inner loop built in 1992, Grand Prix Course with Esses Chicane which was active from 1975 to 1985, First Permanent Course in the period of 1956 to 1970 and Original Public Road Course which was active in 1948 to 1952. All courses have different lengths, turns and lap records that include; Grand Prix Course is 3.40 miles long, with 11 turns and with a lap record of 1:22.5259 time made by Scott Dixon in 2016 at IndyCar Series. Short Course has a length of 2.454 miles, having 8 turns and a lap record of 1:05.437 time held by David Porter in 2015 at LMP1. Grand Prix Course with Esses Chicane is 3.4 miles long, 11 turns with a lap record of 1:33.291 by Bruno Giacomelli in 1980 F1 series. First Permanent Course is 2.35 miles in length with 8 turns and a lap record of 1:02.74 time by Jacky Ickx in 1970 at F1 series event. Original Public Road Course is the longest course with a length of 6.6 miles and 28 almost turns.
Main events hosted by Watkins Glen International track includes; Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. NASCAR Xfinity Series; Zippo 200 at the Glen. IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship; Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen. IndyCar Series; Indy Grand Prix at The Glen, Formula One United States Grand Prix (1961–1980) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (1996-2000).
With the great streak of successful seasons which shows the additional betterment at Watkins Glen International; circuit is done with a renovation of worth $12 million American Dollars. With this brand new surface IMSA & NASCAR held many test days on this track. Drivers raving show how the race at the events improved for the racers and race fans both during the season of 2016.
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