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For six decades, the Watkins Glen racetrack has been a home to motorsports in upstate New York. For many years it was the home of the US Grand Prix until the F1 circus decided they were too good to trek up to the Finger Lakes every October. In recent years, the Glen has played host to NASCAR and IndyCars as well as sports cars of various types. While the cars on the track use a variety of liquid fuels for motivation, lots of electricity is required as well. So the Glen is teaming up with Juice Energy Inc to provide electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind. For the next three years, Watkins Glen will buy wind powered electricity equivalent to all its electrical use through Juice. The Watkins Glen press release is after the jump.

[Source: Watkins Glen]

PRESS RELEASE

Juice Energy helps Watkins Glen International race towards
greener, lower-priced electricity through new partnership

Watkins Glen International, one of the nation's most historic racetracks, will soon be leading the way towards reducing their carbon footprint with the help of Juice Energy. The 60 year old raceway, known worldwide as "The Glen," has signed a new contract with Juice in an effort to lower their ever-rising electricity costs, and limit the track's impact on the environment.

Juice Energy, Inc. is a New York-based electricity supplier that utilizes unique methodologies to deliver electricity to their clients at the lowest possible rates. By constantly monitoring the energy markets, Juice creates custom solutions that bring the advantages of electricity competition to clients.
At the same time, Juice offers clients access to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power, making them a popular choice for businesses looking to curb their environmental impact.

The new deal will cover all of The Glen's electricity needs for the next three years. In addition, the track will become one of the first motor sports facilities in North America to adopt a greener electricity strategy with the purchase of wind power equal to 100% of their annual electric use. The green power purchase effectively offsets the track's electricity related greenhouse gas emissions.

Craig Rust, President of Watkins Glen International, said the decision to go with Juice was an easy one: "It's not everyday that we find a new business partner that brings as much to the table as Juice. We're going to enjoy savings on electricity and take a major step forward in our plan to become a greener track."

For Juice, it's been a very busy year as they sign one new client after another. "Millions of people have enjoyed races at The Glen over the past 60 years. We're really excited about our new involvement with this particular partner," said Brian Hayduk, co-founder of Juice. "Our main priority is customer service, so we'll probably have to stop by on race days to see how our strategies are working."

About Juice:

Juice is a revolutionary energy company working solely on behalf of their clients. Operating in deregulated markets, Juice tailors rate structures and products to improve clients' financial performance and carbon footprint. Juice brings energy portfolio management, transparency and new accountability measures, for the highest return at the lowest cost. www.aboutjuice.com

About Watkins Glen International:

Tickets for the historic 60th Anniversary Season at Watkins Glen International are on-sale now! The stars of the IndyCar Series were at The Glen for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 4-6. The action continues with the Centurion Boats at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup and Zippo 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series weekend highlights the summer action, August 7-10. For tickets and more information, please contact the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE or log on to the official website www.TheGlen.com.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      "For many years it was the home of the US Grand Prix until the F1 circus decided they were too good to trek up to the Finger Lakes every October."
      Sam, did you ever attend an F1 race at The Glen? I saw Jim Clark in action in 1965 and attended many other F1 races there until the last in 1980. As any attendee about "the bog" and what transpired there. Like the burning of a Columbian tourist bus that brought Columbian race fans to the race in 1980. The fights and especially the local constabulary who would form in a line abreast and walk through the camp ground bludgeoning anyone who did not duck into their camper or tent.

      The F1 circuis decided they had enough of the trouble that was imported into the finger lakes each October and went elswhere (Detroit). The Glen is a beautiful track and watching the NASCAR guys blunder through it is fun of sorts. And the constabulary is a little better behaved these days. But the sherrif and his men were a bunch of macho drunks in the 1970's and 80's.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Whopper- i'm not sure of the actual reasons the Glen lost the US Grand Prix; Glenhistory may be right; but I too was at the '65 USGP and witnessed some pretty ugly behavior on the part of cops; fans, too. We snuck into the infield Sat night before the race and witnessed 2 restrooms burning to the sky. My friend John, all 12 years of him, threw a rock into one of the restrooms; (technically an illegal act, but the structure was HISTORY); and immediately had his JAW DISLOCATED by the biilyclub of a huge "law enforcement officer". Later the cop- just about crying; apologized to Johnny's dad. What can you say, live and learn. Sat evening after qualifying, spectators got out on the TRACK ITSELF in their hot rods and motorcycles- do you remember that?!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Watkins Glen GP Corporation (a local non-profit that owned the track) could not pay what they owed to F1 for a couple of years, so lost the Grand Prix. I believe that the money was owed to the Formula One Constructors Organization who controlled the money aspect of F1 in those days? This was at the start of the Bernie show in F1...

        Events in The Bog were an interesting sideshow that was fun or disgusting, depending on your point of view (google for great pictures), but were not part of the decision to move the F1 race elsewhere.

      • 7 Years Ago
      I am always happy when companies truly understand the value of wind energy. Brokers like Juice Energy and Pacific Power on the west coast, offer wind programs up to 100%. That means that all your money goes to wind power projects in the US, not to unfriendly countries that provide us with petroleum products. Help keep US dollars in our own country so that regular Americans can make the profit instead of sending our money to Dubai. When you see what our money is being spent on just remember you helped pay for it with every petroleum dollar you spend. That is why I use biodiesel USA grown.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guys, can you help me? I am setting up a HO track of the the Glen and need pictures of terrain, buildings, advertising, grading, and etc. Any help would be appreciated. I've been on youtube for video coverage, google maps and need better information.

      Thanks