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With the cancellation of the Verizon IndyCar Series event in Boston Labor Day weekend, the series has now announced its return to Watkins Glen International, located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. The event will take place Labor Day weekend, September 1-4, and will also feature the Indy Lights Series. Tickets for the event will go on sale next week and will be available for purchase at www.theglen.com and by calling 1-866-461-RACE.
The race will be the 15th event on the 16-race 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule and will likely play a role in determining the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion.
"It's great to have the Verizon IndyCar Series return to Watkins Glen," said Jay Frye, INDYCAR President of Competition and Operations. "A tremendous amount of thanks goes to track President Michael Printup and his entire staff for their efforts in helping make this a reality in such a short time frame. Obviously, Watkins Glen has great racing history and it's a track that will showcase the on-track competition and overall excitement level of our series. Our season is off to a great start and we can't wait to bring the Verizon IndyCar Series back to our fans at Watkins Glen."
Watkins Glen joins Phoenix International Raceway and Road America in a 2016 schedule that returns the series to fan-favorite venues with deep history in the sport. The 60-lap event will be held on the track's 3.4-mile permanent road course and will be broadcast live on NBCSN and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 212.
"We're excited to welcome INDYCAR back to The Glen," said Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. "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. I know our team has the capability to make this a premier event for INDYCAR, and I believe the drivers are really going to love the new asphalt and that translates into an exciting weekend for the fans. It's truly a win-win for everyone."
"We'd also like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his support and diligence in bringing this international event back to Watkins Glen International," Printup continued. "Tourism in the Finger Lakes Region and across New York State will benefit from this exciting addition to our 2016 schedule."
Watkins Glen International has hosted nine IndyCar races, from 1979-81 and again from 2005-10. The first two events were run on the 2.4-mile short course and were both won by Bobby Unser. The race moved to the 3.4-mile course in 1981, with Rick Mears finding the winner’s circle.
The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to The Glen in 2005, with Scott Dixon winning three straight years before Ryan Hunter-Reay won in 2008 for Rahal Letterman Racing. Justin Wilson secured the first-ever IndyCar win for Dale Coyne Racing in 2009, while Will Power took the checkered flag for Team Penske in 2010.
Quotes and information in this piece provided by IndyCar Media.