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NASA Championships Return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this Weekend

9/7/2011
Over 400 entries in three dozen classes are expected to compete

DUBLIN, OHIO (September 7, 2011) – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course welcomes over 400 entries from 15 regions competing this weekend during the hosting National Auto Sport Association (NASA) Championships presented by Toyo Tires, September 9-11.

NASA returns its signature event to Mid-Ohio after holding its inaugural national championships at the Lexington, Ohio track in 2006. Drivers from all across the country, including over 70 from Ohio, come to the 13-turn, 2.25-mile road course to battle for pride, contingency prizes and the right to paint a #1 on their racecars in 2011.

The 36 classes will be split into eleven groups featuring makes like Porsche, BMW, Honda, Chevy and more. Five championship races are scheduled for Saturday with another four slated for Sunday. The two Time Trial groups will run both days after all groups practice and qualify on Friday.

“Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course hosts a number of regional NASA events that are among our biggest club racing weekends of the year. We welcome some of these top amateur racers in the country and hope the fans enjoy the huge, diverse, 400+ entry field. It’s an honor to host competitors from all 15 regions of NASA this week for its National Championship event,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Off the track, Mid-Ohio and NASA welcome Ohio University’s (OU) Dance Team and Mrs. Ohio 2011. The OU Dance Team will be featured in Victory Circle on both Saturday and Sunday. Mrs. Ohio Melanie Miller will sing the National Anthem on Sunday, September 11 prior to the day’s national championship races. She was crowned Miss Ohio in 2006 and represented Ohio at the 2007 Miss America Pageant. Additionally, Bravada, a local barbershop quartet, will sing the National Anthem on Saturday before the main events get started.

NASA drivers and officials are among those excited that the event is on the 2011 and 2012 schedules at Mid-Ohio.

“After our two year hiatus to a track in the West, we are very excited to bring the NASA Championships back to Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course. There has always been something special about Mid-Ohio and the drivers really love it. I look forward to our fourth event there, and know that it will be our best one yet,” said Jerry Kunzman, executive director of NASA.

Weekend General Admission tickets start at $25 when ordered in advance, prior to Wednesday, September 7 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.
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