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Watkins Glen (NY) Announces 2018 Season Schedule
October 16, 2017
The seven-event slate is again headlined by traditional returns from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Racing begins June 22–24 when the SCCA Majors Super Tour comes to The Glen.
Watkins Glen (NY) Announces 2018 Season Schedule

Watkins Glen International announced dates for its 2018 event schedule. The seven-event slate is again headlined by traditional returns from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The 2018 season will begin April 13–15 with Opening Weekend, designed to provide guests with a chance to drive Watkins Glen International for a good cause, with all event proceeds going to the track's R.A.C.E. Foundation, which benefits local youth-oriented organizations. In 2017, over 30,000 cars passed through the gates to experience the historic road course with their personal vehicle.

Racing gets underway in earnest during the SCCA Majors Super Tour weekend, coming to The Glen June 22–24, and bringing with it some of the best amateur drivers and teams in the country.

The facility’s pro racing schedule kicks off with the pinnacle of American sportscar racing when the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen rolls into town, set for June 28–July 1, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA. Additional IMSA companion series may be announced at a later date.

NASCAR will bring a tripleheader weekend of action during its only New York State stop, August 2–5. The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro East Series will each take to the challenging twists and turns of the iconic circuit, with each driver trying to take home a coveted victory at The Glen as the race to the NASCAR playoffs hits a crucial stretch.

The 2018 spectator racing schedule will come to a close September 7–9 with the U.S. Vintage Grand Prix providing a celebration of motorsports past, paired with the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival which is held in the nearby village of Watkins Glen. The on-track action is highlighted by the Collier Cup MG race, Governor’s Cup, and races contested by the Trans-Am Championship and IGT series.

Additional events include the Finger Lakes Wine Festival presented by Yancey’s Fancy New York’s Artisan Cheese (July 13–15) and the Ticket Galaxy Beer Festival (October 20).

Not on the schedule this year is an IndyCar event. After a two year partnership, track officials said this about the part: This is a decision based purely on an inability to find a date that works for the fans, the series, and the track. Watkins Glen International and IndyCar will continue to maintain a positive working relationship and will keep the lines of communication open should opportunities become available in the future that work for everyone.