Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Opens Its 56th Season of Racing This Weekend

Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Up First this Summer

 

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 22, 2017) – The green flag drops on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course tomorrow with the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio starting off the race season.  On the spectator calendar for the 35th consecutive year, the June 23rd-25th event is the longest continuously running feature on the 2.4-mile, 15-turn permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio.

Over 200 participants are entered in this Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) sanctioned event.  It will be history in motion with some of the most memorable racing machines turning laps again at speed around the historic track.  Unique, international marques like Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lotus and McLaren to name a few and American classics including Cobra, Corvette and Mustang will all run wheel-to-wheel.   

The off track action is highlighted by two different car shows.  The British Car Showdown happens on Saturday, June 24, and the Concours d’Elegance is set for Sunday, June 25, open to all classic and sports car owners.  Participants can sign up on site still the morning of each show and will be eligible to take a lap of the track during the lunch break in their cars when they register for either show.

“We can’t wait to get the season kicked off.  Over 50 years of motorsports history will be on track during the SVRA racing action.  Race fans can get up close to these spectacular machines as the garage area is open to the public this weekend,” said Craig Rust, President of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  “The infield is also going to be jam-packed with classic and vintage sports cars entered in our car shows on both Saturday and Sunday.” 

The remaining Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course spectator events for its 56th season of racing include:

            AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days – July 7-9

            The Honda Indy 200 (Verizon IndyCar Series event) – July 28-30

            Mid-Ohio Challenge (NASCAR Xfinity event) – August 11-12

Visit www.midohio.com/eventcalendar for the complete pro race and club event calendar.  Mid-Ohio VIP Race Passes are still on sale offering access to all four race weekends and many special benefits.

A new addition to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course property this season is a 300’ by 40’ hospitality pavilion erected along the front straight across from pitlane.  Built to accommodate up to 1,000 guests for corporate hospitality, spectators will catch a first glympse of the structure this weekend as construction on it enters the final stages. 

Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio tickets prices are $40 for weekend general admission (Friday – Sunday) or $25 for daily admission.  Children 12 and under always receive free general admission at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course when accompanied by a ticketed adult.  A limited number of hospitality passes for the Mid-Ohio Deck remain with access to food and beverages throughout the weekend and a view of the famous “esses” turn are available for $90.  Garage paddock access is free during the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.  To purchase tickets, visit midohio.com or call 419-884-4000 during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, Monday to Friday. 

ABOUT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

A comprehensive motorsports facility in Lexington, Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: a 2.4-mile, 15-turn, and a 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the track has been called “the most competitive in the U.S.” and annually hosts a diversity of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders.  It is also home to The Mid-Ohio School, featuring over 20 driving and riding courses, for teenagers to professional racers. Opened in 1962, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions.

For more information, visit midohio.com, facebook.com/MidOhioSportsCarCourse or follow updates on Twitter @Mid_Ohio and Instagram at officialmidohio.

Media Inquiries:

Steve Bidlack, Manager Marketing and Communications

419-884-4000 Ext. 4623 (office) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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