With its rise from ragged infancy in 1948 to its position as America’s premier racing facility surely qualifies The Glen as an astounding and unlikely success story, which continues to be written over 60 years later.
Law student Cameron Argetsinger dreamed of bringing European style competition to the village where he spent his summer vacations and he drew up a challenging course that encompassed asphalt, cement and dirt roads in and around the village of Watkins Glen. The dream became reality on October 2, 1948, "The Day They Stopped the Trains," in the first post-World War II road race in the U.S. For five years, the top names in American sports car racing visited the small village and huge crowds came out to watch them race.
Following a string of successful seasons showing additional growth at Watkins Glen International, the circuit underwent a $12 million repave which began one day after Joey Logano became the first driver to sweep a NASCAR race weekend with wins in the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races. In response to the new surface, NASCAR and IMSA both held several test days at the facility, with drivers raving as to how the racing would improve for drivers and fans alike during the 2016 season.