INDYCAR announced today announced that Watkins Glen will replace the recently cancelled Grand Prix of Boston. The race announced in May of last year saw opposition from many outlets in the city of Boston leading up to its eventual cancellation in April.
The race was to take place Labor Day weekend, on a custom track built in the city of Boston. Community activism behind the website NoIndyCarBoston.com led to the eventual demise of the race. “This isn’t about replacing Boston, this is about replacing it with the right event” said INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations Jay Frye.
The race at Watkins Glen International will take place September 1-4. “We couldn’t be more pleased to go back to Watkins Glenn,” said three-time winner Scott Dixon. Dixon calls Watkins Glen his favorite track outside of Indianapolis. He also expressed excitement among the other drivers. Indy Lights is also scheduled to appear that weekend.
“The fact that we could put this deal together so quickly shows how motivated each party was to make this happen for the fans and the competitors. This deal was put together in two weeks, which I think is a record in motorsports,” said WGI president Mike Printup. The race took less than two weeks to put together.
“September is still a great racing month up in upstate New York,” Printup said in reference to open wheel racing having a long history of taking place later in the year. “Open-wheel is synonymous with Watkins Glen International,” said Printrip. “It’s been a long, long time.”
INDYCAR, then known as CART first ran at Watkins Glenn International in 1979 for three years. Two were won by Bobby Unser, the final won by Rick Mears. The IRL returned in 2006 where Dixon won three of the six races held there until 2010. This is also where the late Justin Wilson won the second of his three INDYCAR races.
With brand new pavement, new safety features, and the new cars fans can expect to see high speeds. The 60 lap race will take place on the tracks 3.4 mile long course which features the popular “boot” extension from the short course. It’s track that’s a favorite among many INDYCAR fans.