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Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio Highlights Six Decades of Motorsports History

Drivers from 27 states and three countries, including 34 Ohioans, will get behind the wheel at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend in part of what has become Ohio’s largest, most diverse event dedicated to the history of automobile racing.

Sanctioned by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, occurring June 25-27, is set to feature cars on the track spanning 55 years in age, the oldest being a 1950 MG TD and newest a 2005 Audi R8.

This year’s Featured Marque honors the racing legacy established by Datsun/Nissan. Continuing the celebration of the aforementioned manufacturer, John Morton was named Grand Marshal. Morton, a Datsun and Nissan racing veteran also had a brief, but notable career as a stunt driver, appearing in Rockford Files, Gumball Rally and Fantasy Island.

A total of 16 races, starting with the Buckeye 100 Enduro on Friday, are set to take the green flag. Other featured races include S2000, IMSA RS Enduro, Datsun/Nissan and Trans-Am.

Off the track, the weekend is set to host plenty of excitement as well. Many brands will be on display throughout the weekend. On Saturday, the British Car Showdown will feature some of the finest cars our allies across the pond have to offer. Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance will spotlight vintage and contemporary cars from around the globe. Cars of all makes and models are invited to participate. Judges will award best-in-class prizes to participants as well as other awards in both shows including fans’ choice, most miles traveled and others.

The SVRA is the premier organization and sanctioning body committed to preserving vintage sports car racing. It was founded in 1981 and has held events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since 1982. The 2010 Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio will provide fans the unique experience of seeing various kinds of vintage and classic pieces of history on the track as opposed to sitting static in a museum.

Tickets for the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio as well as all of the season’s events can be purchased by calling 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) or visiting www.midohio.com. Tickets start at $25 for all three days of the weekend and all children 12 and under get in free.

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 owned and operated by TrueSports, Inc.

Datsun/Nissan honored as 2010 Featured Marque
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