International Motor Racing Research Center

The story behind the speed

Watkins Glen, New York hit the international stage in 1948, when the village hosted the first Post-World War II road race. From there, Watkins Glen become famous in the world of road racing, hosting races through the village streets of Watkins Glen through 1952, then moving up to what is now Watkins Glen International, also know as WGI or simply "The Glen". Today, WGI is among the most well-renowned road racing facilities in the world. They are known for their incredible hospitality, great vantage points, and the great diversity of cars they host including NASCAR, IMSA, IndyCar, Vintage Grand Prix, and many more.

For the story behind the speed, be sure to stop by the International Motor Racing Research Center in downtown Watkins Glen. It provides 5,000 square feet of racing history to explore. This includes a reading room, film room, exhibits, and worldwide racing archives. Even if you're not "into" race history or racing, we strongly encourage you to swing by this incredible facility. Their short video is fascinating and visitors of all ages enjoy seeing the vintage car on display (which changes periodically). Famous drivers periodically give talks and a vintage race car that changes every few months is on display in the atrium. CLICK HERE to learn more.

Address: 610 South Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Phone: (607) 535-9044

Photos this page courtesy of the International Motor Racing Research Center and Watkins Glen International