Watkins Glen to unveil new repaving to race fans on Friday

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The highly-anticipated debut of the newly repaved Watkins Glen International road course will take place Friday.

The event comes roughly four months before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the upstate track in August for the Cheez-It 355.

Track officials will throw the green flag on the event at 11:15 a.m. ET. Veteran race broadcaster Bob Varsha will serve as master of ceremonies and will be joined by veteran racers Andy Lally and Derek Bell.

“It’s going to be a celebration,” WGI president Michael Printup said in a statement. “April 15th is the culmination of a lot of hard work by many people.”

Ceremonies marking the repave — which began last August — will continue throughout the weekend, including hot laps for sponsors and media on Friday, as well as members of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association.

Saturday morning will feature the 3.4-mile Arc Grand Prix Run. The event has raised more than $20,000 since 2014 for not-for-profit organization that supports those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

On Sunday, race fans will be able to drive their own personal vehicles on the track for a fee of $25.

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