Driver, Team and Manufacturer Championships still up for grabs in Rolex Series
(September 13, 2011) – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course hosts its final event of the 2011 season with GRAND-AM Road Racing in town for the EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank
The championship weekend featuring the Rolex Sports Car Series is the final race of the Mid-Ohio season and the series finale for GRAND-AM Road Racing. Support series on the schedule also hosting season finales include the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and ARCA Truck Series. Others competing on track this weekend are the SCCA Pro Racing Formula Enterprises Series and Ohio Valley Region SCCA Improved Touring-Spec Miata Shootout.
“The EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank
is an excellent way to culminate our 50th season. Our fans should expect a great weekend of exciting racing as the championship standings are extremely close. It should be a very competitive weekend!” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Off-track activities include a Rolex Series autograph session on Friday morning, Grid Walks before the Rolex Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races as well as an Infield Ford Mustang Car Show all day on Saturday. Also on site this weekend is the GRAND-AM Fan Zone, located in the Infield, where fans will find interactive activities, tech talks and merchandise.
Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing co-drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have won the last two Rolex Series competitions at Mid-Ohio and look to be the first team to win three straight at the 13-turn, 2.25-mile track. The tandem claimed last year’s Daytona Prototype Championship and is poised to clinch a second straight this weekend at a track where Pruett has had great success.
“Mid-Ohio is one of those tracks that every driver and fan loves to go to. It’s very picturesque, very difficult and challenging to drive. I absolutely love coming to Mid-Ohio and racing there – it’s one of those tracks when you can come away with an achievement, it’s very satisfying,” said Pruett.
BMW and Chevrolet are separated by just two points in the Daytona Prototype manufacturer standings, making for a winner-take-all finale. In the GT class, Bill Lester and Jordan Taylor lead a pack of 11 drivers within 18 points of the championship. Champions in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge are yet to be determined in either class with points especially tight in ST. There, Nic Jonsson leads Ryan Eversly by just three points. Paul Dalla Lana has a more comfortable, but by no means safe, 16-point advantage over Billy Johnson and Jack Roush, Jr. The Rolex Series will qualify on Friday and before racing on Saturday at 3 p.m., with the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge dropping the green flag at 11 a.m.
Weekend General Admission tickets start at $30 with a free Paddock Pass when ordered in advance, prior to Wednesday, September 14 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.