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IZOD IndyCar Series & American Le Mans Serires Hit Mid-Ohio this Weekend

Fireworks and Ferris Wheel return to add to fan experience

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge & The Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio doubleheader on August 3-5 highlight the summer schedule at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course once again, marking the sixth straight co-headlined weekend.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon, currently in fourth place, appears to be the early favorite to win The Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio this year having won three of the past five races at Mid-Ohio. Dixon also led the way at the IZOD IndyCar Series test day at Mid-Ohio this past Thursday, registering the fastest time of the day among the twenty-four drivers who tested.

American Le Mans Series drivers Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr return to Mid-Ohio fresh off their 2011 win at the track. Graf and Luhr, current P1 points leaders, look to continue upon their recent success at Mid-Ohio and strong season thus far, as the second half of the ALMS racing season begins. The return of the SRT Viper to racing will take place this weekend at Mid-Ohio. The factory team which will consist of drivers Dominik Farnbacher, Marc Goossens, Kuno Wittmer and Tommy Kendall will debut two Viper GTS-Rs in the ALMS GT category.

A Ferris Wheel, a fireworks show, four autograph sessions, a scavenger hunt, two ALMS Tech Talks, and the IZOD IndyCar Series Fan Village located in the infield return again this year and are joined by two new fan activities. The new activities include the American Le Mans Series live auction and A Taste of Mid-Ohio cookout benefitting CARA Charities.

Bobby Rahal will be honored as Grand Marshal at Sunday’s Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio. Rahal, an Ohio native, won several times at Mid-Ohio during his racing days. His son, Graham, will be racing for Service Central Chip Gannassi Racing in The Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday.

“Fan experience has and always will remain one of our top priorities here at Mid-Ohio,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “The weekend offers a number of different activities for fans of all ages. Combine the exciting races with all the activities on tap and fans are sure to experience an action packed weekend.”

The Ferris Wheel will be available to ride Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The fireworks display will take place Saturday evening around 10 p.m. Fans with paddock passes are invited to attend two Tech Talks located at the Team Falken Tire Transporter Friday at 2 p.m. and the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing transporter Saturday at 10 a.m. to learn about the technology used in the ALMS.

The IZOD IndyCar Series drivers will be available for autographs at the IZOD IndyCar Series Fan Village in two separate groups. For more information on all the drivers in each group, visit midohio.com. Every driver in the American Le Mans Series will be available for the autograph session which will take place in the upper paddock from 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Pirelli World Challenge drivers will be signing autographs on Saturday between noon and 1 p.m. at the Optima Battery display located in the infield.

The American Le Mans Series Live Auction will take place Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Muscle Milk Racing transporter. Used cars and parts will be auctioned off with all proceeds benefitting the Austin Hatcher Foundation. CARA Charities presents the Taste of Mid-Ohio, Friday from 6 – 9 p.m. at the IndyCar Team Hospitality Area. A variety of great food will be available to sample including roast pig, salad, side dishes, vegetables and dessert. For more information and to order tickets, visit caracharities.org/tasteofmidohio.html.

Weekend General Admission tickets start at $85 and single day general admission tickets are available for $50. Children 12 and under receive free admission and general parking is free to the public as well. Visit 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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