The Verizon IndyCar Series have confirmed that Watkins Glen will replace the Grand Prix of Boston on the 2016 calendar with the race taking place over the Labor Day weekend in September.
It was announced a number of weeks ago that the race in Boston would be cancelled and speaking about the new agreement with Watkins Glen IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye commented by saying:
It’s great to have the Verizon IndyCar Series return to Watkins Glen. “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
President of Watkins Glen International Michael Printup commented by saying:
We’re excited to welcome INDYCAR back to The 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. 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.”
Printup went on to say:
We’d also like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo for his support and diligence in bringing this international event back to Watkins Glen International.
Tourism in the Finger Lakes Region and across New York State will benefit from this exciting addition to our 2016 schedule.