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Stepping Back in Time at Mid-Ohio

7/21/2009

The entry list for the Acura Sports Car Challenge is ripe with road racing’s biggest names. It’s also chock full of drivers who have competed at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course dating back 20 years…and longer!

 

None of the drivers entered for the American Le Mans Series’ sixth round has been around - and around - Mid-Ohio more than Greg Pickett. Perhaps the former Trans-Am champion had a good reason for wanting to make his Series return at a familiar venue. He won Trans-Am races in 1986 and 1992 at Mid-Ohio and took third place in IMSA GTS during the 1988 season.

 

Pickett and Klaus Graf will pair together in the first race for Cytosport’s new Porsche RS Spyder in LMP2.

 

Staying in the prototype ranks, Patrón Highcroft Racing’s Scott Sharp - who will team with David Brabham in the team’s Acura ARX-02a - placed third during a 1987 SCCA USCE weekend at Mid-Ohio and placed third two years later in Trans-Am. That season also saw Johnny O’Connell place 18th in Mid-Ohio’s Indy Lights race. O’Connell, who recently became the first American to win four times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will help debut Corvette Racing’s new, two-car GT2 attack at Mid-Ohio. He will drive with fellow Le Mans winner Jan Magnussen.

 

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The race is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 8. The race will air at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 9 on ABC. American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche and Live Timing & Scoring will be available at Racehub on americanlemans.com. You also can follow the Series on Twitter (almsnotes).

 

The race also will mark the sixth round of the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com and midohio.com.

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