Over 21 hours of on-track action scheduled along with hours of off-track entertainment
(July 29, 2011) – The biggest names in open wheel and sports car racing come to Lexington, Ohio next weekend for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge & The Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio.
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron features the top manufacturers in motorsports like Aston Martin, Porsche and Ferrari as well as world class drivers such as Joey Hand, Jorg Bergmeister and Scott Sharp. They are joined next weekend by IZOD IndyCar Series stars including defending champion Dario Franchitti, fan favorite Danica Patrick and next-generation drivers Marco Andretti and Graham Rahal.
“We are proud to be the only permanent road course at which both of these series compete in 2011 and it is even better that they are racing on the same weekend. While the track was built 50 years ago to host sports car races, it has become synonymous with open wheel racing having hosted IndyCar for the better part of three decades,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge is the featured event on Saturday, August 6 as the 2 hour and 45 minute race gets the green flag at 3:30 p.m. It will be broadcasted live on www.espn3.com
and replayed on ESPN2 the following day. Sunday belongs to The Honda Indy® 200 at Mid-Ohio as the drivers start their engines at 2:45 p.m. Coverage on Versus begins at 2 p.m.
Several entrants in the American Le Mans Series have connections to Ohio and are calling this their “home race.” In the GT Class, points leader Team BMW Rahal Letterman Lanigan is based in Hilliard; Team Falken Tire’s Bryan Sellers grew up outside of Dayton; and Flying Lizard Motorsports owner/driver Seth Neiman was born in the Dayton area. Also in GT, Andrea Robertson, owner/driver of the first ever all-female driver pairing is from Thompson. Father and son crew Jon and Clint Field reside in Dublin and are competing in the LMPC class.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Franchitti looks to extend his points lead over rival Team Penske driver Will Power as the IZOD IndyCar Series begins the final third of its season. The Scottish Franchitti earned his first win at Mid-Ohio last year by beating Power, who began the race on pole. Martin Plowman, winner of the 2010 Firestone Indy Lights race at Mid-Ohio, makes his series debut next weekend.
“I was fast here last year and luckily, most of my references are the same in an IndyCar as in an Indy Lights car. It’s a special place for me, it’s always treated me well. I met my girlfriend here two years ago, last year- pole, lap record and a win, and this year, I’m in an IndyCar for the first time,” Plowman said.
A number of areas and activities will be specially set up for this weekend including an infield beer garden, the INDYCAR Fan Village, American Le Mans Series Tech Talks, a special pre-race performance, five autograph sessions, a fireworks show and other possible surprises.
Support series for the event include a pair of races from the Pirelli World Challenge Championships, the USF2000 Championships and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites. The track will be hot with action from all five series competing for over 21 hours over the three days, beginning Friday at 8 a.m.
Weekend General Admission tickets start at $60 when ordered in advance, prior to Wednesday, August 3 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.