Got to Drive Around the Repaved Watkins Glen International Circuit

Woo Hoo! For the second week in a row, I’ve had an opportunity to drive around a circuit… this time around the world famous Watkins Glen International… freshly repaved and feeling smooth as a baby’s bottom. It was amazing, and I’m so thankful for the opportunity.

My Saturday’s station assignment for the NARRA/Trans Am weekend was Station 7 of the new numbering scheme, previously known as Station 10 at the toe of the boot.  Because the station is most easy to access trackside we were given permission to drive to station. Parking just a little ways from where the flag point is…

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 9

Because the morning meeting was on the inside of the track near the paddock, I went to  enter track at Baker which is next to Station 1A (or old Station 2) and drive up the Esses, around Turn 5’s loop down to 6 entering the Boot… Station 7 is driver’s left before a sharp uphill right around the toe of the boot.

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 4

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 5

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 6

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 7

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 8

I didn’t just drive the track once… I got to do it twice… because during lunch time we were allowed to go to the campground to relax and eat our food. Of course by then it started raining.

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 10

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 11

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 12

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 13

The drive back at the end of the day was right after the Global MX-5 Cup race which was a bit of a carnage, they sent us back through the pit lane and paddock instead of going all the way around the track to Turn 5 where the RSI campground access point is.

The track, compared to the last time I drove around it, was in far better shape… no more bumps when going from asphalt to concrete, no patches to bump around on, no more ripples. Smooth as ever!

I Loved it!

Thanks RSI and WGI…. for an amazing experience.

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 2

of course after the race weekend the car was covered in an inch of dust, so my routine now takes me into town of Watkins Glen before leaving to visit Classic Car Wash for a little Rinse:

driving around watkins glen international repaved circuit 3