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The streets of Watkins Glen and Schuyler County are home to the birthplace of American road racing. Having played host to international automobile racing since 1948, the tradition continues annually with the Vintage Grand Prix Festival, when classic racecars (and vintage cars of all kinds) take to the streets in Watkins Glen.

The road course at Watkins Glen International hosts today's pros from NASCAR to SCCA Majors Super Tour to Vintage Cups, offering racing buffs the ultimate high-octane excitement. In fact, Watkins Glen International was votes the Best NASCAR Track in a USA Today Reader's Choice Poll.

The track is just four miles from downtown Watkins Glen and fans can experience NASCAR, IMSA, Ferrari, and US Vintage Grand Prix racing, as well as the Finger Lakes Wine Festival and Finger Lakes Beer Festival. Visitors can even drive their own vehicle around the actual race circuit through their Drive the Glen program. Watkins Glen International welcomes guests virtually every day between April and October.

Did You Know?

Watkins Glen will forever have a place in racing history. On October 2, 1948, Watkins Glen hosted the first road race run since before World War II. The 6.6 mile circuit ran through the village streets, starting and ending in front of the Schuyler County Courthouse. Visitors can download the map of the original circuit and step back in time as they drive the same course that first put Watkins Glen on an international stage all those years ago.

The Story Behind the Speed

The International Motor Racing Research Center provides 5,000 square feet of racing history to explore. This includes a reading room, film room, exhibits, and worldwide racing archives. Famous drivers periodically give talks and a vintage race car that changes every few months is on display in the atrium.

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Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen International is a premier road racing facility in the United States and is home to 4x Voted Best NASCAR Track by readers of USA Today.

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Drivers Walk of

The Watkins Glen Drivers Walk of Fame was established in 1993 by the Watkins Glen Historic Racing Committee with support from the Watkins Glen Area.

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Historic Grand Prix Circuit

Watkins Glen will forever have a place in motorsports history. On October 2, 1948, the first post-World War II road race was hosted right on our village streets.

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Intl. Motor Racing Research Center

Watkins Glen finally hit the international stage in 1948 when the village hosted the nation's first post-World War II road race.

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Grand Prix Festival

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