‘Jungle Jack’ adds to Columbus Zoo partnership with Mid-Ohio
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course named Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Grand Marshal of The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 2-4.
Additionally, the Columbus Zoo will bring animals to the track on Sunday, August 4. More details on the location and animals will be available closer to the event.
“I am so honored to have been invited to attend The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio this summer - I cannot wait to meet all of the racing fans! I have known the Rahal family for almost 30 years and am so proud of my godson, Graham. He has done so much to support the Columbus Zoo, and I can’t wait to come to the track to cheer him on!” said Hanna.
Hanna has been to the track dozens of times due to his close relationship with another Ohio legend, Bobby Rahal, who has competed at the track most of his life.
“Jack Hanna is a name known to race fans and the general public alike. What he’s done for Central Ohio, zoos and animals all over the world is remarkable. We have to thank Graham Rahal for helping us secure Jack for the role as their relationship was key to getting him out here this summer,” said Mid-Ohio President Craig Rust.
Hanna is Rahal’s Godfather. The Graham Rahal Foundation and Mid-Ohio partnered earlier this year to benefit the Columbus Zoo. Mid-Ohio will sell special race tickets with partial proceeds benefitting the Zoo and Graham Rahal will auction off some of his race-worn gear after the event. Fans can order these tickets at midohio.com/zoo
beginning at $45. Each of the first 1,000 sold come with free admission to the Zoo, a Rahal-autographed hero card and an entry to win a VIP experience at the track and Zoo.
About the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 575 species from around the globe. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also operates the Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; contributing more than $1 million annually to support over 70 conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating. www.columbuszoo.org
About Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
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.