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Five Series To Compete During Ohio's Largest Motorsports Event At Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 6-8

8/2/2010
LEXINGTON, OHIO – The attention of the world’s racing community will be on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course August 6-8 as the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron and the IZOD IndyCar Series share the weekend’s headline for the state’s largest annual motorsports weekend.

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón compete in the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge on Saturday before the IZOD IndyCar Series takes the stage Sunday for The Honda Indy™ 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance. The event is set to feature three days of competition – more than 23 hours of on-track action – from five of the country’s fastest, most popular road racing series, also including Firestone Indy Lights, SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge and the Patrón GT3 Challenge by Yokohama.

The drivers competing in one of the planet’s premiere road racing series, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, will exercise their driving precision on track beginning on Friday with practice and qualifying. The green flag waves to start the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge at 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 7. Historically, this race, round six of nine, has produced a variety of winning cars. Five different manufacturers – Panoz, Audi, Lola, Porsche and Acura – have scored overall victories in the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. Three different manufacturers have won in the past three years.

Since 1999, the American Le Mans Series has pushed the limits of automotive innovation and technology and includes some of the greatest names in motorsports. Names like Olivier Beretta, Joerg Bergmeister, David Brabham, Johnny O’Connell and Scott Sharp fill the roster. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge will see a new winner this year as Gil de Ferran announced his retirement from racing shortly before taking the overall win last year. His former teammate, Simon Pagenaud, and his current co-driver David Brabham, lead the LMP standings.

The IZOD IndyCar Series, equivalent to the major league of American open-wheel racing, is the fastest series to visit Mid-Ohio this summer. Famed veterans like reigning IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Danica Patrick, as well as young up-and-coming stars like Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti will compete, in some cases, under the guidance of iconic names like A.J. Foyt, Roger Penske and Michael Andretti.

Scott Dixon – the defending Honda Indy™ 200 winner who also won the inaugural event in 2007 – and Ryan Briscoe – 2008 winner – trail points leader Will Power in third and fourth place, respectively, in the race for the championship. The two veterans will look to gain from Power’s relative inexperience at the track to close the points gap as the season begins to wind down. The Honda Indy™ 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, with qualifying and practice sessions held throughout the day Friday and Saturday.

Drivers from both the American Le Mans Series and IZOD IndyCar Series rosters will be available to spectators for autograph sessions during the weekend. The IZOD IndyCar Series drivers will be signing autographs from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Friday, August 6 in the infield, and the American Le Mans Series drivers will be available from 11 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 7 in the upper paddock. Also included in the list of off-track activities will be the IZOD IndyCar Series Fan Zone throughout the weekend in the infield, and the iRacing Simulator at The Mid-Ohio School booth in the lower paddock.

Tickets for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge / The Honda Indy™ 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance can be purchased by calling 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) or visiting www.midohio.com. Tickets start at just $60 for all three days of the weekend and all children 12 and under get in free. The doubleheader is one of two occasions this year in which the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the IZOD IndyCar Series compete together on the same weekend. More information on each series is available at www.americanlemans.com and www.indycar.com.

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 is owned and operated by TrueSports, Inc.
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