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Watkins Glen

 

The first serious attempt to revive sports car racing in the U.S. after WWII was at Watkins Glen, NY in 1948. Here the cars lined up, side-by-side, on the main street of this Finger Lakes resort town for the start of the race on public streets. For the first few years, the race was run on a 6.6 mile course through the town. Many of the ARCA competitors came there to race and formed the Sports Car Club of America to sanction events. After a spectator fatality in 1952, a new course was set up outside of town, also using existing roads.

In 1956, a permanent course was unveiled and the track is one of the premier racing facilities in the world. Watkins Glen is still used today as a major road course race on the NASCAR circuit.