By Sam Shapiro
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) – This weekend was the kickoff to the 2022 schedule for Watkins Glen International. People from all over the region got the chance to have fun while contributing to a good cause.
People could pay $25 to race three laps around the Watkins Glen International Race Track. Proceeds from this weekend will be donated to various organizations in the region. WGI President, Michael Printup, was happy to see a large turnout despite chilly weather.
“We donate to local charities, food banks, little leagues, and so forth,” Printup said. “It’s just a lot of fun to be able to do this and everybody’s coming up here, even with snowflakes falling here today.”
Following Saturday’s turnout, more than 1,000 people got to experience the twists and turns of the famous road course. With warmer weather on the way, festivities at the facility will ramp up with the start of the race season.
“I think that’s the imprint we have in this community,” Printup said. “I think that’s the fun part, and I know that is what the staff looks forward to.”
Tony Vickio was one of the pace car drivers guiding people through the course. He says he’s excited about the upcoming race season.
“It’s an exciting day for us,” Vickio said. “From now on, it’s going to be hectic out here. Everything is going to be running. It gives you a good feeling.”
People can gear up next for the Ferrari challenge at WGI starting May 20th. More information can be found on Watkins Glen International’s website.