INDIANAPOLIS — After a six-year absence, IndyCar is headed back to Watkins Glen International. The series made the announcement this afternoon at IMS.
“It’s great to have the Verizon IndyCar Series return to Watkins Glen,” said Jay Frye, IndyCar’s President of Competition and Operations. “Our season is off to a great start and we can’t wait to bring [IndyCar] back to our fans at Watkins Glen.”
“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,” said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. “It’s truly a win-win for everyone,” he added.
The race will be held on September 4th, the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. It replaces the race in Boston, which was recently cancelled.
“None of us want to see what happened, but I think this is the best outcome,” said Scott Dixon, a three-time winner at The Glen.
Dixon says the decision to get a race at Watkins Glen back on the schedule was met with positive reviews from the rest of the drivers.
“The drivers feelings, to go back to a track like this that we’ve raced at before but also such a special place with history and then also a really fun track to race and drive … everything is positive about it,” said the reigning IndyCar points champion.
The race at Watkins Glen will be the 15th of 16 races this season. The season finale remains at Sonoma on September 18th.