WOOHOO! All set!
I've been wondering about how our advanced tickets for $25 were gonna work out. I've finally got the answer...
WE'RE ALL GETTING $25 TRACK+WEEKEND TICKETS AT THE GATE.
We're still gonna meet at Walmart on Saturday morning at 7:30am as planned, but I don't have tickets to pass out. We'll hang out for a little bit, if anyone wants to go into town (or Walmart) for food and meet us a little later in the parking lot (8:00am), that'll be fine too. By 8:30am, we'll be leaving Walmart to go to the track.
Special Group Pricing Extravaganza will be $25 per guest
(not per car
) at the gate. Mike is waving the track fee, and we're just paying a set price for the Track + Wine Festival.
SATURDAY MORNING MEETING:
Here's what I'm thinking, via Google Maps.
We can meet in Watkins Glen (the town) right on the lake, less than 15 minutes from the Watkins Glen International track. The Walmart will have a big enough parking lot so that we don't crowd some business unexpectedly. I'll hand out the advance tickets there, so that when we get to the track, we can just drive in. Like I said, folks without advance tickets can just pay at the track.
So, meet at Walmart in Watkins Glen, hand out tickets, and then drive over to the track for our laps!
AT THE TRACK:
The laps will be at 9:00am on Saturday.
We will need to get there at 8:45, and go through Gate 2.
When we get in the gate, take a right, and go behind the grand stand.
There is a crossover gate where you cross the race track.
We will sign waivers that say if we wreck it's on us.
We do our 3 laps around the track.
Then, escorted by Pace Car, we will be led by our parking place.
WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SWITCH DRIVERS.
I apologize, because many had asked about that, but Mike said that because we're basically being squeezed in, the track said we would not be allowed to switch drivers. Mike basically said (in a much nicer way) that the higher-ups would like us on the track, but would then like us off it.
Again, I apologize we couldn't do that, he said with more planning, if we want to come back next year, he'll have a lot more hashed out, but since this is the first time any car event is being hosted during the Wine Festival, we will be Guinea Pigs.
Saturday will be a free-for-all to enjoy the Wine Festival, go back in to town, do whatever you want, and chill.
SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST:
9:00AM on Sunday, for anyone that wants to stay, we will be going to Savard's Restaurant
at 601 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY
. We may have to get creative with parking, but I'm sure we can do it. It's not like we take up that much space.
Sunday afternoon, after breakfast, I guess we'll be breaking up for the drive home. We can say our goodbyes, laugh, cry, do donuts in the parking lot, etc. I would suggest anyone with a good drive keeps Walmart in mind, which is minutes away. Large stores aren't necessarily plentiful once you get into the Adirondacks.
Let me know if anyone has any further concerns or questions. I sure hope I addressed everything by now!