2005 American V8 Stock Car Road Racing Series

Next Race Scheduled for Enhanced Watkins Glen


(July 5, 2005) –The American V8 Stock Car Road Racing Series hopes that series competitors and their families are enjoying the current eight-week summer break in the series race schedule and the recent Fourth of July weekend.  The next round of the series is the Sunoco Shootout @ The Glen on July 23 and 24, 2005.


WATKINS GLENWatkins Glen International is a new venue for American V8 Stock Car series competitors.  The series added the facility to the 2005 race schedule.  


Recently, The Glen received several enhancements, prior to the 2005 racing season, as part of the track’s ongoing capital improvement plan.  (For more information see the “Watkins Glen Improvements

Underway” article in the News section.)


Series competitors should note that the renovation project and improvements did NOT alter the course configuration.


Instead, the second largest renovation project in the track’s 57-year history renovated and enhanced runoff areas, barriers and fencing surrounding the track.  The renovation also regrated, elevated, and paved the runoff area in Turn 1 (“The 90”), along with Turn 9 (the exit of the Boot) and Turn 11.  The project replaced tire barriers throughout the facility and moved the familiar blue guardrail back from the track in several key areas.


The renovation also included the addition of new competition curbing to parts of the course.  Restroom facility and grandstand upgrades, part of Phase Three of the capital improvement project, are also being completed.


For more information about Watkins Glen International on the Internet, visit their website at: www.theglen.com


The top three competitors in the series points standings heading into the event at Watkins Glen are Lee Arnold (170), Bill Smith (153) and Jeff Emery (130).


At this time, American V8 Stock Car would like to thank Art and Nancy of FNS Enterprises.com and Martin Spetz of Racing Fanatics.com for doing a great job with the photos. Thanks also go out to all the drivers and teams for a job well done! As always, series officials would like to thank the sponsors (Goodyear, Sunoco, HRPWorld.com, Five Star Racecar Bodies, Racecar Engineering, Racing Electronics, DRP Performance, Mintex Racing, CV Products, Amsoil, Howe Racing Enterprises and Tex Racing) for their continued support of the series.



For more information about the series, go to www.v8stockcar.com  There is a new forum/classified page for current news and chat.  The next event will be at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York, on May 23 and 24, 2005.


Andy Flinn, public relations and media associate for the American V8 Stock Car series, can also be reached at acflinn@earthlink.net