Next weekend at Watkins Glen begins a Monoposto three race sequence at truly
demanding but different tracks: Watkins Glen, Road America and Virginia International
Raceway. Watkins Glen hosted the first post WW II road race in the United States on October 2nd , 1948. The first professional race at The Glen was conducted by NASCAR in 1957 on the year-old permanent road course and since then Can-AM, Trans-Am, Indy Car, Formula 1, IMSA and many other series have competed there. Beginning with the Start/Finish on the main road through Watkins Glen the original road course is marked by signage and is drivable. Friday's event schedule includes a downtown Watkins Glen Festival and a police escorted re-enactment of the original racecourse for selected race cars. (Our formula cars don't have enough clearance to successfully participate and anyway we're scheduled to be on the track during the time of the re-enactment.)
The permanent road course we will be racing on has a number of challenging corners
with iconic names: the bus stop, the carousel and the laces, toe and heel of the boot, for
example. If you’d like some help mastering the circuit look up me or any of the drivers at GMT racing in the paddock and we'll try to help with advice, videos and a few tips. I expect that as in past years GMT’s paddock location will be about 200 feet to the north of the snack bar and across from the media center.
Knowing where GMT is located in the paddock will also be useful because the
Monoposto party will be held there after racing on Saturday. F70 and Indy Lights drivers will
have an early to the party advantage since the Classic group is on track at 4:25pm. The hosts for the party are Sandra and Mike Taradash, Christina Murdoch and Paul Subject, Sarah and Kurt Fischer, and Cindy and Marc Giroux. That’s quite a group but there are 50 open-wheel cars on the entry list so there is some thought that it will take a village to host the party. In addition to having food and drinks we will be presenting one of our 2018 champions with his trophy so please come and congratulate him. Keep an eye out for future messages and postings about the VSCDA's Elkhart Lake Vintage Festival at Road America and the SVRA's Heathcock Classic Gold Cup at Virginia International Raceway. Finally, don't miss our last event of the year at Circuit of the Americas, the SVRA's U. S. Vintage National Championship the first weekend of October.