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Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Kicks off Its 50th Season This Weekend

Over a dozen races, two large car shows and Brian Redman highlight weekend activities

DUBLIN, OHIO (June 21, 2011) – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio is hosting the first spectator event of its 50th season with the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio this weekend, June 24-26.

The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) takes to the track for the 29th time, showcasing historic race cars from virtually every era of motorsports. It is fitting that the 50th season begins with a look back at the racecars that helped shape Mid-Ohio’s history since the track’s inception in 1962.

“The entire team has been looking forward to getting the season underway and celebrating the history of our sport with our wonderful fans is a great way to kick things off,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Dedicated car enthusiasts all across North America will gather at Mid-Ohio to enjoy a weekend full of vintage car racing as it is a perfect time to celebrate Mid-Ohio by taking a trip to the past. There will be nineteen SVRA group races, a Formula Historic Feature Race, a Porsche Feature Race and two Enduros taking place throughout the weekend in addition to practice, warm-ups and qualifying.

Off-track, Saturday’s British Car Showdown and Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance will take over the infield with hundreds of cars entered. Each year, both shows are typically one of the largest of its kind in the region.

Adding to the fanfare, Porsche will be the Featured Marque of the event. The German Manufacturer is celebrating a milestone of its own, having imported cars to the United States for 60 years. Porsche is often found on the podium post-race and has myriad wins and championships to prove it. A great number of historic Porsches will be on display on Championship Row in the infield throughout the weekend, surrounded by car clubs representing dozens of makes.

Sportscar Vintage Racing Association Owner Peter McLaughlin described how the diversity and range of cars throughout history adds excitement to the weekend.

“SVRA is really excited about being part of the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio and thrilled to host over 240 cars in a down economy. It shows how important racing at a historic track like Mid-Ohio is to SVRA competitors. Add that to it being the track’s 50th year, there will be cars from all eras, ranging from MGAs to a pair of 2005 Audi R-8s,” said McLaughlin.

Hall of Fame former British driver Brian Redman will be honored as Grand Marshal for the weekend. Redman began racing in 1959 and although he is retired from full-time racing, he is still heavily involved with the sport through vintage and historic events and his car club Targa 66. In six career races at Mid-Ohio, Redman has taken the checkered flag four times and started on pole once, never finishing outside the top five. He calls the track one of his luckiest after seeing success in a number of series there, including Formula 5000, Can-Am, IMSA GT and IMSA GTP Lights. Redman will sign autographs, mingle with drivers and start a race on Saturday.

Daily tickets for the Vintage Grand Prix begin at $10 and weekend tickets are $25 when ordered by Wednesday, June 22 at 5 p.m. EDT. For ticket and event information call 800-MID-OHIO (800-643-6446) Monday through Friday, 7a.m. to 5 p.m. or visit www.midohio.com at any time. More information on the event, including a detailed schedule, is available at www.midohio.com/Schedule/Vintage-Grand-Prix-of-Mid-Ohio-2011.

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 celebrating its 50th Season in 2011 and is owned and operated by Green Savoree Mid-Ohio, LLC.
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