(June 30, 2011) – Defending Mario Andretti Road Course Champion Will Power, former Honda Indy 200 winner Ryan Briscoe and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves were at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Wednesday, June 29 as part of a two team test in preparation for the August 7 IZOD IndyCar Series race at the track.
Team Penske was joined by Dale Coyne Racing and its rookie driver James Jakes in the test. The four cars lapped the track throughout the day to get back into road course form after four straight races on ovals. The Honda Indy Toronto on July 10 starts a stretch with five of the next five races on street or road courses.
Power was the first driver on track Wednesday after getting cleared to race by INDYCAR officials late Tuesday night. He passed the ImPACT test following a concussion over the weekend in Iowa. Power said he felt no ill effects after getting past a headache and was happy to be back at a track where he’s seen some success. The Australian finished second last year at Mid-Ohio after starting on pole position at the 2.25-mile, 13-turn track.
“It’s a very cool track – I love it. It’s very, very good. I couldn’t tell you a turn here that I didn’t like. It’s quite technical and very good,” said Power.
For the first time in years, fans were admitted onto the grounds to watch the race. Hundreds of fans took advantage of the free admission and filled The Esses, The Carousel and The Keyhole to watch the drivers compete during a warm, sunny day at the track.
The IZOD IndyCar Series is joined by the American Le Mans Series for the co-headlined Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge/The Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio on the weekend of August 5-7. Weekend General Admission tickets start at $60 and children 12 and under are admitted free with a parent. Fans can go to www.midohio.com
or call 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to order tickets or get more information on Ohio’s biggest motorsports weekend.
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.