Watkins Glen announces schedule for 2021
Watkins Glen International announced its schedule for the upcoming 2021 season, which includes the recently announced ARCA Menards Series race on Friday, Aug. 6 to highlight an already historic weekend.
In addition to the ARCA Menards Series race, for first time ever all three NASCAR national series races will be run on the same weekend, Aug. 6-8.
That historic schedule will consist of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Cup Series Go Bowling at The Glen. For just the second time and the first since 2001, the ARCA Menards Series will race at The Glen. John Finger won the only ARCA race on July 7, 2001.
The 2021 calendar will begin with Opening Weekend, providing fans with the opportunity to drive their own street-legal vehicle on the track to benefit Watkins Glen International’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.) Foundation as well as a host of racing events including Ferrari Challenge North America, SCCA Majors Super Tour and GT World Challenge America.
One of the most prestigious sportscar races in North America, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns in late June with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The second leg of the Michelin Endurance Challenge features world-class drivers and a diverse range of premier Prototype and GT manufacturers. The weekend of nearly 24 hours of on-track activity also includes the Michelin Pilot Challenge Tioga Downs 240, Porsche GT3 Cup, and Lamborghini Super Trofeo.
History and prestige return with the Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, one of the largest vintage racing events in the country. Paired with Friday’s Grand Prix Festival in downtown Watkins Glen, the Grand Prix weekend is a true celebration of the motorsport’s past, along with the cars and people who have made it what it is today.
The Glen will also host a pair of festivals in 2021, including the Finger Lakes Wine Festival, celebrating its 25th anniversary, as well as the Finger Lakes Beer Festival in October.
The Wine Festival, voted “Best Wine Festival” by readers of USA Today, continues to be a fan favorite, featuring more than 90 New York State wineries. The nostalgic sights and sounds of historic Formula One cars will return to the birthplace of North American Road Racing, as the Masters Historic Formula One USA championship will be featured at the Finger Lakes Wine Festival.
Watkins Glen International 2021 Schedule
Opening Weekend benefiting the R.A.C.E. Foundation – April 10–11
Ferrari Challenge North America – May 21–23
SCCA Super Majors Tour – June 18–20
IMSA Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen – June 24–27
Finger Lakes Wine Festival – July 9–11
NASCAR Go Bowling at The Glen Weekend – August 6–8
SVRA Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix – September 9–12
GT World Challenge America – September 16–19
Finger Lakes Beer Festival – October 29–30