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#1 SRW_Ojan

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:32 PM

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Opened: January 1, 1956
Location: Watkins Glen, New York, USA
Turns: 11
Length: 3.389 mi
Real-world record: 1:29.19 - Helio Castroneves
SRW virtual record: 1:23.658 - Pilotapazzo

Despite numerous layout changes in the subsequent decades, and a three-year hiatus that saw the facility close down through bankruptcy, "The Glen", which currently offers a 3.4-mile Grand Prix Course and a 2.45-mile Short Course, has succeeded in retaining the luster that made it one of the most recognizable names in motorsport. Renowned in the 1960s and 1970s as the home of the US Grand Prix, the famous course has also hosted Can-Am, Trans-Am, CART, IndyCar, and World Sportscar Championship racing and currently plays a prominent part in both NASCAR and Grand-Am schedules.

Please share your reviews, videos, pictures, or critiques about Watkins Glen in the comment section. And be sure to check back regularly to read our very own Simraceway staff give you some insight into the creation of this racing venue. 


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#2 pilotapazzo

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 04:38 PM

Probably my favourite track in Simraceway. Really well done, and it's fast too!

PS: it says the record is mine...I doubt it, but I'll take it :D


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#3 aporcalipse

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:27 PM

For sure it will need new tarmac soon, as it's the most used track in SRW :D

But is great track, I won my WDW 8 hours racing there with the audi tt rs... Was great fun...

#4 LanceMurdock

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 10:12 PM

Interesting fact about Watkins Glen: When the track was rebuilt in the early seventies the new layout was designed with the suport of a computer. The goal was to get a track that would allow a 1970 Formula 1 car an average speed of no more than 195 kph and a top speed of no more than 285 kph.



#5 Kyalami

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 10:21 AM

I love to race in the long track with a GT2 or GT3, pretending it's an endurance race!  :rolleyes:

 

here a picture of a Maserati 200Si at the Glen in 1959:   :wub:

 

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--- Maserati --- 6 times winner FIA GT/GT1 (2005 – 2009 FIA GT, 2010 FIA GT1)


#6 Shadowbounty

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Posted 12 August 2013 - 04:12 PM

After watching the Nascar races it seems that this version is a little outdated. There are no red/white curbs and the curbs in real life seem to be much flatter as well as there being more tarmac run off. I don't think the new safer barrier at the last corner is included in the SRW version too.






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