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Herbstreit, The Mid-Ohio School to Support the Greater Columbus Sports Commission with High Performance Driving Event

4/17/2008
Kirk Herbstreit and other supporters of the Columbus Sports Commission are set to take part in a unique driving event at The Mid-Ohio School on May 16.

Entitled “A Day in the Loop,” this driving event was developed by The Mid-Ohio School to assist the Columbus Sports Commission in its fund raising endeavors. Scheduled at the renowned Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, the event will allow individuals the opportunity to partake in a half-day program consisting of a diverse set of driving activities for a specially reduced price of $200. Representing a savings of $550 over the popular Acura High Performance Course, all proceeds from the event will go to the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, contributing to their mission of attracting diverse and exciting sporting events to the Columbus area.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Mid-Ohio School to not only allow our supporters the opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but also a chance to learn more about the Mid-Ohio facility,” said Linda Logan, Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.

Participants in the event will learn the physics and dynamics of driving, then get behind the wheel of an Acura TSX A-SPEC to test their skills in high performance drills including skid car, slalom and high-speed braking and turning. The experience will culminate with an on-track lapping session of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course’s famed 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course.

“The Mid-Ohio School was built on the philosophy of giving back to the community whether it is through our Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program or by supporting local organizations such as the Greater Columbus Sports Commission,” said Steve Bidlack, director of The Mid-Ohio School. “We are proud to support them as they work to attract high-profile sporting events to the Central Ohio area, ultimately of which, benefit us all.”

Kirk Herbstreit, a color commentator for ESPN and ABC and former quarterback for The Ohio State University, will also be in attendance to take part in “hot laps” and mingle with guests. Individuals who have limited schedules can join Mr. Herbstreit for lunch, a lap of the 2.4-mile racetrack at speed with a professional driver and have their picture taken with a car for $125.

This event is open to the public and will provide registrants the choice of either a morning or afternoon half-day session. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate. To register, contact The Mid-Ohio School at 1-877-793-8667; the deadline to register is May 2.

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission was founded in June 2002 to attract professional, amateur, collegiate and youth sporting events to Columbus. To learn more about the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, visit www.ColumbusSports.org.

The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels. The school’s 18 programs vary from Defensive Driving, Performance Driving and Racing programs on the automobile side, to Beginning, Experienced and Performance Track Riding programs on the motorcycle side. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world’s top racers. The Mid-Ohio School has graduated nearly 27,000 students, including almost 9,000 teenage drivers since 1993.

Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, TrueSports, Incorporated is a privately held motorsports entertainment enterprise. The company owns and operates Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School, and promotes a wide variety of motor racing, driver instruction, corporate, and family entertainment events throughout the year.

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