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Diamond Cellar Classic Opens 52nd Season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this Weekend

The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series leads five series competing June 14-16

LEXINGTON, OHIO (June 11, 2013) – Mid Ohio Sports Car Course will begin its 52nd season with a weekend highlighted with the Diamond Cellar Classic, a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race.

The packed weekend begins Friday morning with several practices before Rolex Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge qualifying sessions that afternoon. The headline event takes the green flag on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and will be televised live on SPEED. The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race gets the racing underway Saturday morning at 10:25 a.m. Also on track this weekend are the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites, and the OVR-SCCA Spec Miata Shootout.

“The Diamond Cellar Classic is a perfect opening event for a spectacular season at Mid-Ohio,” said Craig Rust, Mid-Ohio President. “On track, the racing is close, diverse and fast, and the infield and paddock will be buzzing all weekend with autograph sessions, Grid Walks and other activities for fans.”

Fans with Pit & Paddock Passes can get close to the cars and drivers during Grid Walks before the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge races. A Fan Forum on Friday is one of the major draws to the GRAND-AM Fan Zone, open all weekend. Autograph sessions, racing simulators and more round out the off-track activities.

Last year’s headline race saw an exciting finish in the Rolex Series’ top class, Daytona Prototype. Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook took the checkered flag in their #90 Corvette by just .236 seconds over Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the TELMEX #01 BMW-Riley. In the GT class, Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana claimed victory in their Turner Motorsport BMW M3.

Weekend tickets start at $45 with raceday admission just $35 General parking is free and children 12 and under are also admitted free. Visit midohio.com anytime or call 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) Monday through Friday from 8:30 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 opened in 1962 and is owned and operated by Green Savoree Mid-Ohio, LLC.
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