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                  Watkins Glen International ... and More

Watkins Glen International is home for NASCAR's only trip to New York State, which has become one of the most anticipated stops on the series' schedule in recent years. "The Glen" was established on the streets of Watkins Glen, NY in 1948 and is North America’s premier racing facility. The Glen has a long and storied past from its Formula 1 roots to its position as New York’s home for NASCAR.

Other racing venues offer every type of motor racing at tracks throughout the state.  These races include Solo, Club Racing, RallyCross, Drag Racing, and Kart Racing  on both oval and road courses.

Various museum in the state chronicle our love of motors and speed. The Northeast Classic Car Museum is a not-for-profit educational facility in Norwich, New York that collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits vehicles related to the evolution of transportation, with particular emphasis on the role of the automobile and its impact on American culture. 

                       "The Glen"

Watkins Glen International, nicknamed "The Glen", is an automobile race track located in Watkins Glen, at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. It was long known around the world as the home of the Formula One United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for twenty consecutive years (1961–1980), but the site has been home to road racing of nearly every class, including the World Sportscar Championship, Trans-Am, Can-Am, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the International Motor Sports Association and the IndyCar Series.


                 Monticello Motor Club

Just 90 minutes from New York City, the Monticello Motor Club is more than a race track. It is a luxury family destination with an array of services and amenities, such as professional instruction, track-side support, premium car storage, racecar rentals, a complete karting facility, an expansive off-road course, private race schools for novice to experienced track enthusiasts, corporate entertainment, fine dining, and five-star services.


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                                                                   Auto Racing Basics

Auto racing (also known as car racing, motor racing or automobile racing) is a motorsport involving the racing of automobiles for competition.

Almost as soon as automobiles had been invented, races of various sorts were organized, with the first recorded as early as 1867. Many of the earliest events were effectively reliability trials, aimed at proving these new machines were a practical mode of transport, but soon became an important way for competing makers to demonstrate their machines. By the 1930s specialist racing cars had developed. 

NASCAR racing is the most popular racing series in America today. NASCAR is second to the National Football League among professional sports franchises in terms of television viewers and fans in the United States. There is an annual race is held in Watkins Glen, the circuits only stop in New York State

In Drag Racing the objective is to complete a given straight-line distance as fast as possible, from a standing start, ahead of a vehicle in a parallel lane. This distance is traditionally 1⁄4 mile (400 m), though 1⁄8 mile

Kart Racing was invented in Southern California in 1956.  The original design took a small chainsaw engine and mounted it to a simple tube-frame chassis weighing less than 100 pounds. Everyone who drove the kart was startled by its performance capabilities. The sport soon blossomed in Southern California, and quickly gained popularity across the country and in New York.

IndyCar Racing is the leading open-wheel racing series in the USA. The series' biggest race is the Indianapolis 500, which is commonly referred to as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" due to being the longest continuously run race and having the largest crowd for a single-day sporting event (350,000+).  Watkins Glen is the home to open-wheel racing in New York.