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Mechanics Bank renews partnership of vintage racing event

6/5/2014
History highlighted at Mechanics Bank Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, June 27-29

LEXINGTON, OHIO, June 5, 2014
– Mechanics Bank has renewed its title sponsorship of the Mechanics Bank Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, June 27-29, to be held over the three-day period at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The premium annual event of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) features as many as 400 cars on-track and several hundred more off-track in a pair of car shows that provide a dazzling spectacle for sports car purists and enthusiasts alike.

“We really enjoy our partnership with Mechanics Bank,” said Craig Rust, President of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “Their history and business roots in our community are a perfect fit for this event.”

“As Richland County’s only independent community bank, we are pleased to partner with our hometown race track,” said Deborah Schenk, President and CEO for Mechanics Bank. “To have the presence of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in our area is a unique opportunity. This event fosters economic growth for our community when race fans visit Richland County and we want to support the opportunities right here in our backyard. Renewing this sponsorship for a third year is one way we can support our community.”

The 2014 edition of the event is the 32nd straight appearance at Mid-Ohio, uniting historic cars and a historic racetrack, a marriage made in motorsports heaven. One manufacturer with an even longer history than the SVRA at Mid-Ohio is the iconic Mini, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this year and has been selected as the 2014 Featured Marque. To date, some 90 drivers from the US., Canada, Great Britain and Mexico have registered for the Can-Am Mini event.

Other series that will race at Mid-Ohio over the SVRA weekend include two Hawk Performance Endurance Series races; the 60 minute Vintage/Classic Enduro and the 90 minute Historic GT/GTP/ALMS Enduro. SVRA events also feature multiple Sprint races over the course of a weekend and enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a wide variety of machinery, from small-bore production cars like MGs and Alfas to open wheel Formula-1, NASCAR production brutes, muscular Mustangs and sleek Corvettes, to name a few.

About Mechanics Bank
Mechanics Bank is an independent, full-service community bank with seven locations in Richland County, Ohio. Mechanics Bank opened in 1886 and in the span of 128 years grew from a part-time operation to a household name. Today Mechanics stands as Richland county’s only independent bank. 2014 marks the third consecutive year of the Mechanics Bank Vintage Grand Prix.

About Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
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 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.

About SVRA
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is one of the oldest and largest of the Vintage racing organizations in the United States. Founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III with an initial membership of 25 drivers and supporters, the organization has become the premier vintage racing organization in the United States with more than 1,500 members. Over the years SVRA has conducted Vintage events at legendary race tracks throughout the country including Willow Springs, Road America, Watkins Glen International, Virginia International Raceway and California Speedway as well as Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Further information on SVRA, as well as complete series’ schedules, can be found at svra.com with extensive content also available on Facebook and YouTube.

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For more information:
Kathleen Stelmach
416-341-9929 ext.227 / 647-830-0354
kathleen@torchiacom.com

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