|NY State NASCAR Watkins Glen plate|
On Monday (Aug 1), Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled a new Watkins Glen International license plate, available for order beginning Thursday, August 4.
The plate is the newest addition to DMV's NASCAR custom plate series and features the WGI and NASCAR logos with a checkered flag background.
The announcement coincides with the 2016 Cheez-It 355 at the Glen – New York State's only NASCAR race – and one of the highlights of Upstate tourism every summer. The Glen supports Governor Cuomo's commitment to tourism, which recently reached a new record-high economic impact in New York State of $102 billion – an increase of 25 percent since 2010.
"The new Watkins Glen license plate celebrates New York's strong partnership with this award-winning NASCAR racetrack," Governor Cuomo said. "New York is proud to host this world-class event at the Glen, which attracts motorsport enthusiasts and drives tourism in the Southern Tier. I encourage racing fans to stop by the DMV exhibit on the Midway during this weekend's events and take advantage of the services they have to offer." Personnel from DMV will also be on hand to personally sell the newly-issued plate to NASCAR fans for the first time. DMV staff will help visitors order additional custom plates, renew their registrations, assist with address changes, schedule road and vision tests, and complete web transactions.
DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan said, "DMV is excited to once again partner with Watkins Glen and make this plate available to racing fans all over the state who make the venue a destination each year. The Glen is a perfect venue for DMV staff to interact with its customers and promote tourism at the same time. I thank Governor Cuomo for providing DMV with this opportunity to connect with customers statewide, and I encourage New Yorkers to order this plate to show their support for the Glen."
Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup said, "We are thrilled to unveil this Watkins Glen International license plate. The timing couldn't be better with New York State's largest sporting event, The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Cheez-It 355, less than a week away. We'd like to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo and his office for their unyielding support of Watkins Glen International and tourism in our region and state as a whole." NY Governor's Press Office