Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen International, also known as Watkins Glen Circuit, is a motorsport circuit located in Watkins Glen, New York, USA. The circuit has a long and storied history and has been a prominent venue for national and international motorsport events.
The original circuit layout was first established in 1948 and featured a combination of public roads and village streets around the town of Watkins Glen. Over the years, the circuit underwent various modifications and upgrades to enhance safety and improve the racing experience.
The modern layout of Watkins Glen International is 5.43 km long and features a mix of fast straights, sweeping corners, and challenging elevation changes. The circuit is known for its high-speed sections, such as the famous "Esses" and the long back straight, as well as its technical sections that demand precision and skill from drivers.
Watkins Glen International has hosted a variety of motorsport events throughout its history, including Formula One races, IndyCar races, NASCAR events, and endurance races. The circuit was the site of the United States Grand Prix from 1961 to 1980, attracting some of the biggest names in motorsport.
The circuit's natural terrain and picturesque setting in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York provide a scenic backdrop for racing. Watkins Glen International offers modern facilities, including grandstands, pit buildings, and garages, to accommodate teams, drivers, and spectators.
While the Formula One races have moved to other venues, Watkins Glen International remains an iconic circuit in the motorsport world. Its challenging layout, rich history, and passionate fans make it a favorite among drivers and a cherished destination for motorsport enthusiasts.