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RACER Magazine Helps Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Celebrate its 50th Season

Leading American motorsports magazine will feature special content on the track

DUBLIN, OHIO (July 18, 2011) – RACER magazine and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course announced a partnership that will see the track showcased both in print, as well as online at www.racer.com.

The partnership includes several items over the next six months including articles written by drivers who have a history at the track on www.racer.com, a feature story and special edition cover in the September issue of RACER and a digital magazine available for free download.

“We feel that RACER provides Mid-Ohio with a great outlet to honor our past and celebrate the 50th season. Their audience very much resembles our core fan and I believe they will truly enjoy the stories and photographs from 50 great years of racing at Mid-Ohio,” said Mid-Ohio President Craig Rust.

Beginning this month and continuing through late August, www.racer.com will feature a weekly story from a driver detailing his memories of the Lexington, Ohio track entitled “Me and Mid-Ohio.” The drivers sharing their words on the track include Patrick Carpentier, Mario Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman, Derek Bell and the yet to be determined 2011 Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio winner. The first in this series was posted last week and is available here. In it, Carpentier reminisces about his 2002 CART win at the track and his equally interesting celebration.

The special edition of RACER’s September issue will be available at the track during the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge/ The Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio on August 5-7. It is highlighted by a “Mid-Ohio @ 50” cover and there will only be a limited number available. The standard and special editions of this issue will include a story examining the past five decades at Mid-Ohio and the drivers who made their marks there, as well as a look to the future under new ownership.

Lastly, a digital magazine including the four-page feature story, special cover and additional content such as historic photos will be posted online on August 2. This piece is free to download and will be live through 2011.

“A half-century of racing at a track as challenging, beautiful and friendly as the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is definitely worth celebrating, so RACER magazine and Racer.com are excited to be partnering with Mid-Ohio to showcase one of the world’s finest natural-terrain road courses and recall some of the highlights from 50 years of competition there,” said RACER magazine and www.racer.com Editor-in-Chief Laurence Foster.

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge/ The Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio weekend takes place August 5-7. Weekend General Admission tickets start at $60 when ordered in advance, prior to Wednesday, August 5 at 5 p.m. EDT. 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 is celebrating its 50th Season in 2011 and is owned and operated by Green Savoree Mid-Ohio, LLC.
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