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EMCO Gears Classic Kicks Off 2012 Season at Mid-Ohio

Rolex Sports Car Series event returns to the front of track’s schedule

LEXINGTON, OHIO (June 4, 2012) – The EMCO Gears Classic begins the 2012 season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, June 8-10.

Featuring GRAND-AM Road Racing’s top league, the Rolex Sports Car Series, the EMCO Gears Classic will start the season at Mid-Ohio for the fifth time in six years. Last season’s race was a thriller as the Classic closed both the track and series seasons in 2011. The headline event goes on track at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 and will be televised live on SPEED.

“We feel like this is the perfect event to begin our season and can’t wait to get it started. GRAND-AM not only brings close, competitive racing to Mid-Ohio but fans have tremendous access to the drivers and cars,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio, “This year the pits are also open to fans with paddock passes for the first time at this event so that adds another exciting element to the weekend.”

The GRAND-AM sanctioned Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and Total Performance Showcase join Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, Trans Am Series and Ohio Valley Region SCCA Improved Touring/Spec Miata Shootout competing in support of the headlining Rolex Sports Car Series.

Autograph sessions from nearly every series, the GRAND-AM Fan Zone and grid walks – before the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the Rolex Sports Car Series races – provide fans with ample opportunities to get close to the cars and competitors throughout the weekend.

Last year’s EMCO Gears Classic was won by the #8 Starworks Motorsport Ford-Riley in Daytona Prototype, but a runner-up finish for the #01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas was enough to earn them a second straight championship. The GT class was won by the #57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro, but Leh Keen and Andrew Davis landed on the last step of the podium to claim the championship for the #59 Brumos Racing entry.

Weekend General Admission tickets start at $45. General parking is free and children 12 and under are also admitted free. Visit www.midohio.com anytime or call 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m- 5 p.m. to order tickets or for more information.

A comprehensive motorsports facility, 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. The park-like, 330-acre complex is located in Lexington, Ohio, near Mansfield, 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland. The track has been called the most competitive course in the U.S. and annually hosts a diverse lineup of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course opened in 1962 and is owned and operated by Green Savoree Mid-Ohio, LLC.
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