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Watkins Glen International welcomes new leadership

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Watkins Glen International, a renowned road course in New York’s Finger Lakes region, has announced a pivotal change in leadership with the appointment of Dawn Burlew as its new track president.

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Burlew, an Elmira native with deep roots in the area, including an educational background from Horseheads High School, has long been connected to the track, a passion that grew during her time at Corning Incorporated. Her ascent to this prestigious position marks a significant milestone, both for her and the track renowned for its motorsports legacy.

Burlew’s journey to the top of Watkins Glen International is marked by her extensive experience in the motorsport arena and her involvement in various regional business and economic councils. She has been an active member of the International Motor Racing Research Center’s governing council in Watkins Glen village and has played significant roles in the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council and the Business Council of New York State. Burlew’s appointment comes as a thrilling development for the track, promising a fresh perspective and continued growth under her leadership.

As she prepares to take over the reins on January 3rd, 2024, Burlew steps into the role following Michael Printup, who leaves after a 15-year tenure to become the president of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA). Her vision for the future involves enhancing the existing events at the track, including the “Go Bowling at the Glen,” set to take place in a new slot in late September as part of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs Round of 16. Burlew’s enthusiasm for her new role and the track’s potential under her stewardship signals an exciting new chapter for Watkins Glen International.