ALBANY, N.Y. (March 23, 2017) – While Winter Storm Stella kept a visiting Watkins Glen International contingent from scheduled meetings with legislators in the state capitol last week, a New York State Motorsports Exhibit officially opened in the Empire State Plaza.

Meanwhile, a resolution proclaiming April 19-25 Motorsports Appreciation Week in the State of New York passed through the legislature earlier this month, and Watkins Glen International was lauded for being home to the state’s largest sporting event, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race weekend each August, which attracts fans from all 50 states and 16 countries around the world.

“Motorsports Appreciation Week is one of the great signs of support that Watkins Glen International receives from the state of New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and our great friends in both houses in the legislature,” said WGI President Michael Printup. “We hope those in Albany were able to stop down to Empire Plaza and enjoy the exhibit and see for themselves why our sport attracts so many visitors each and every year.”

As part of the exhibit, a 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Camry, Dallara DW12 Verizon IndyCar, and DIRTcar Sportsman are being housed in Empire Plaza through Friday.

In a joint statement, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning), said:

“It is our privilege to join our legislative colleagues in paying tribute to one of the world’s iconic sporting venues. Across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, we all take great pride in the fact that ‘The Glen’ has resonated so powerfully throughout the history of American motorsports for more than six decades. Watkins Glen International has long stood as a mainstay of our regional culture and economy. It’s one of New York State’s premier destinations, a backbone of our leading tourism industry, and a driving force for countless charitable, community service and economic development initiatives. Very simply, we’re fortunate to call Watkins Glen International one of our own.”

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