WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- There’s a new incentive for drivers who are gearing up for this year’s NASCAR race at Watkins Glen International. The Corning Museum of Glass and WGI have teamed up to create a new one-of-a-kind trophy for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner.
The cylindrical shaped trophy incorporates the blue color of The Glen’s guardrails and the layout of the track at the top. The shape of the trophy also resembles a waterfall, which the Finger Lakes region is known for.
The eight pound trophy was handmade by glass-blowing experts at the Corning Museum of Glass. It took months to design and officials say it’s just the beginning of a new partnership between two of the biggest tourist attractions in the Southern Tier.
"It's perfect. I mean, I love the way he tied in the waterfalls with the state parks, tied in the region, tied in Watkins Glen and then tied in. It's almost a barbell piece that I won. And when that trophy goes up in the air, it's going to be pretty resounding," WGI President Michael Printup said.
Officials hope to create a new trophy for the NASCAR winner every year.