Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Watkins Glen Forges Ahead With Improvements

Capital improvement projects at Watkins Glen International continue to move ahead under sunny skies this spring. There are a variety of projects, in addition to the grandstands, that are in progress simultaneously to ensure they are complete on schedule with the aspiration of completing them ahead of time. 
Genesee Construction, based in Dansville, NY, has poured approximately half of the extension to the curb in Turn 1. The curb is being expanded to run proportionally with the length of the run-off area. In addition, Genesee has completed both retention ponds fans will see as they enter Gate 2 in 2012. The ponds have been created to provide a sufficient amount of water run-off on Watkins Glen International property and are similar to infield lakes at ovals. A majority of the fill removed from the larger pond will be used in The Boot to level camping areas and along the spectator fences. Some will be used to level the area under The 90 grandstand as well. 

Work has begun on The Glen Club with the first step Genesee must complete which is the removal of the concrete slab located behind The Club. Completed prior to the 2011 season, The Glen Club’s final additions will be complete in advance of the 2012 slate. Among those is a permanent bathroom for patrons of The Glen Club to use and a kitchen preparation area for catering purposes.

Morgan Construction, based in Bedford, NY, while E&D Specialty Stands, from North Collins, NY, have laid half of the new foundation for the new grandstand, has placed gravel under the former Red, White and Blue grandstands. In addition, they have continued to finish The 90 seatwork with end ramps and stairs left to install. 

Watkins Glen International staff has taken point on the remainder of capital improvement projects, including the massive undertaking of a new tire wall completed along the Turn 1 run-off area. The addition of a classroom in the garage is being taken care of by WGI providing drivers and crews a place to meet. WGI has entirely gutted the existing structure and have replaced electric and insulation thus far. 

Tickets for the 2012 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans can purchase their tickets and camping by contacting the WGI ticket office at 866.461.RACE(7223) or logging on to the official website, Gift certificates, tickets and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is closed on Sunday.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:12 AM

    Still trying to determine if the runoff in Turn 1 has provdied for better racing. I know it has limited the number of cautions which is good. But, I really liked watching them come down the hill beating and banging to get in line for that tight corner. Now, not so much because the run off gives them a ton of extra room.

    Any thoughts on that one Dave?