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
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, www.TheGlen.com. 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