The temperatures are hot and so is the racing action at Watkins Glen Interational as the 2018 racing season gets underway this weekend. Here’s our Rick Hughey with more.
As a token of appreciation to those who are currently serving our country, and those who have served in the past, The Glen will be offering complimentary tickets to active duty military personnel as well as veterans of the United States Armed Forces on Sunday, July 1 for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen race.
“Watkins Glen International is very proud to recognize those who have served, and who are currently serving the United States of America,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “We are thankful for the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect each and every one of us. We are honored to have them as our guests for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.”
Guests who bring their military ID to Gate 4A, Gate 5, or the ticket office from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday will receive two tickets, compliments of WGI. Guests should enter the facility from Lots 3 and 5 to participate.
Those in attendance on Sunday will have the opportunity to take in some added patriotic pageantry when the 198th Army Band performs their stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner from Gatorade Victory Lane, prior to the race. The Rochester-based band is made up of 28 soldiers, the majority of which are music majors or are professionally tied to the music industry (bands, education, drum corps, etc.).
Finally, the firing of a howitzer cannon, compliments of the U.S. Army, will coincide with the drop of the green flag to start the race, which is also the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup circuit, a separate championship tour inside of the regular IMSA season.