Ferraris and Indy Cars at Watkins Glen

Labor Day Weekend at Watkins Glen (WGI) in NY is traditionally a 3-day Ferrari Club track event. It has been a DE event for many years held by the capable Empire Region. This year, 2016,  we invited the Indy Car Series to join us as a ‘support race’ at WGI, because the young lads had no where to scrub their tires.

After Boston understandably gave Indy the heave-ho, WGI stepped up to the plate (podium?) to give them a home. A bit of brilliant negotiating by host Ferrari Club – Empire Region, and a spectacular car event was born. Indy took over the back paddock. The Ferrari Club took over the garages and front paddock. Race fans checked out all the hardware.  A CCR (Challenge Car Race)  happened on Friday. Everyone seemed pretty happy. This is what one day’s schedule looked like at Watkins Glen:

Watkins Glen  – Saturday, September 3:

7:30am-9:45am FCA Ferrari Club of America on-track

10:00am-10:45am LIGHTS Indy Lights Qualifying

11:00am-11:45am VICS Verizon IndyCar Practice #3

11:45am-12:15pm LIGHTS Driver Autograph Session

12:00pm-1:20pm FCA Ferrari Club of America on-track

1:00pm-2:00pm VICS Driver Autograph Session

1:35pm-2:45pm LIGHTS Indy Lights – RACE

3:00pm-4:15pm VICS Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying/Firestone Fast 6

WGI and FCA did a nice job of coordinating the cars, drivers, crew, fans and controlling the event. Indy has reportedly signed on with WGI for another two years.

Note: Indy cars were as much as one minute quicker than the Ferraris. Scott Dixon won the pole in Indy Qualifying with a speed of over 147 mph in a record-shattering time that eclipsed the previous record by nearly six seconds on the track’s new pavement. Dixon easily won the 60-lap Indy race on Sunday by 16.5 secs.

Watkins Glen has 11-turns, is 3.37-miles long, and 141 ft elevation change. The track width varies from 36′ to 48′ wide and has 6 Degree banking at all turns except Turn 9Short/5Long, which is 10 Degrees. WGI is well known for its blue ARMCO, for which a driver will receive an invoice if he or she damages it.

Ferraris and Indy Cars at Watkins Glen

Indy Paddock

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

conor daly in Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

conor daly in Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

First year Indy driver Conor Daly

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy paddock - watkins glen ferrari club

TV announcers

Helio Castroneves Indy pits - watkins glen ferrari club

Helio Castroneves on the left with his back to the camera

parachuters indy car race - watkins glen ferrari club

Parachuters coming in hot pre-race

parachuters indy car race - watkins glen ferrari club

stands at indy car race - watkins glen ferrari club

Stands fill up

wgi indy car race - watkins glen ferrari club

WGI Security keeping Ferrari drivers in line

Turn 1 WGI Indy Car Race - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy Cars at Turn 1 WGI

Turn 1 WGI Indy Car Race - watkins glen ferrari club

pitting in Turn 1 WGI Indy Car Race - watkins glen ferrari club

Indy Car pitting in WGI

Turn 1 WGI Indy Car Race - watkins glen ferrari club

Front straight WGI - watkins glen ferrari club

Front straight and hot pits at WGI

Ferrari Club Paddock

Ferrari 458, Ferrari 599 Alonso Edition, Maserati MC12, Ferrari Enzo - ferrari club at watkins glen

Ferrari 458, Ferrari 599 Alonso Edition, Maserati MC12, Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari 365 BBi - ferrari club at watkins glen

Ferrari 365 BBi

ferrari club at watkins glen

corvette z06 ferrari club at watkins glen

paddock at ferrari club at watkins glen

ferrari challenge cars in the garages at ferrari club - watkins glen

ferrari challenge cars in the garages at ferrari club - watkins glen

ferrari challenge cars in the garages at ferrari club - watkins glen

333sp ferrari in the garages at ferrari club - watkins glen

333sp ferrari in the garages at ferrari club - watkins glen

Ferrari333sp and 458 GT3 ferrari in the garages at ferrari club - watkins glen

Ferrari333sp and 458 GT3 ferrari in the garages at ferrari club - watkins glen

Ferrari 333 SP and 458 GT3 - ferrari club at watkins glen

Ferrari 333 SP and Ferrari 458 GT3

white ferrari 458s - ferrari club at watkins glen

Ferrari 458s

ferrari 430s - ferrari club at watkins glen

Ferrari 430s

ferrari 355s - ferrari club at watkins glen

Ferrari 355s

Corvette Daytona Prototype - ferrari club at watkins glen

Corvette Daytona Prototype

paddock - ferrari club at watkins glen

paddock - ferrari club at watkins glen

paddock - ferrari club at watkins glen

paddock - ferrari club at watkins glen

paddock - ferrari club at watkins glen

paddock - ferrari club at watkins glen

garages - ferrari club at watkins glen

Lyn St. James and IFS - ferrari club at watkins glen

Lyn St. James with John Tirrell and his IFS Team. First John took Lyn, then Lyn took John and his 550 GTC for a spin on Watkins Glen. John also used the 550 GTC as the Pace Car for the CCR races

challenge car - ferrari club at watkins glen

Can’t be good

Broken wheel bearing on ferrari challenge car - ferrari club at watkins glen

Broken wheel bearing

silver challenge car - ferrari club watkins glen

Fixed and back on track

red 430 ferrari challenge car - ferrari club at watkins glen

The best body repair at the track ever (the driver ‘kissed’ the ARMCO).  In this case it did sorta ‘buff right out’

red ferrari tool box - challenge car - ferrari club at watkins glen

One drawer is full of zip ties and masking tape in various colors

ferrari driver - ferrari club at watkins glen

Suited up

ferrari challenge cars - ferrari club at watkins glen

Lined up to head out on track

ferrari challenge cars - ferrari club at watkins glen

ferrari challenge cars - ferrari club at watkins glen

ferrari challenge cars - ferrari club at watkins glen

maserati mc12 in trailer - ferrari club at watkins glen

Packing up. Headed home. Great weekend

 

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The Auto Blonde is an enthusiast who attends and participates in many car events. She welcomes you to ride shotgun. All pictures and posts are hers unless otherwise noted.
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