DUBLIN, OH (May 21) – The Greater Columbus Sports Commission and The Mid-Ohio School hosted a sold-out, high performance, on-track driving event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Thursday, May 13.
The program, dubbed ‘A Day in the Loop,’ was conceptualized by The Mid-Ohio School in 2008 to assist the Greater Columbus Sports Commission in its fundraising endeavors. It consisted of an abbreviated version of The Mid-Ohio School’s popular Acura High Performance Course with sessions that began at 8 a.m. and noon.
“We were proud to again partner with The Mid-Ohio School to allow our supporters -- including the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association board of directors -- the opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience and learn about all that the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers as a world-class racing facility,” said Linda Logan, Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. "We look forward to returning again in 2011 for another 'Day in the Loop.'"
Participants spent time in the classroom, where they learned the dynamics of driving before they strapped into the seat of a 2010 Acura TSX to test their skills in high performance drills including slalom as well as high-speed braking and turning. The session closed with an on-track lapping session of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course’s famed 2.4-mile, 15-turn configuration.
“It was exciting to experience a day at The Mid-Ohio School after hearing so much from the guests that have stayed with us in the past,” said participant Debbie Miller, owner of the Hideaway Country Inn in Bucyrus. “I highly recommend it. My favorite part was driving a street car on track and seeing what it can actually do.”
All proceeds from the course, which was $200 to enroll, went to the Greater Columbus Sports Commission. This served to aid the commission in their goal of attracting diverse athletic tournaments and events to Columbus and its surrounding areas. Drivers with limited schedules came to the track for a ‘Lap and Lunch.’ This option provided registrants with lunch and a ride in the passenger seat around the track with one of The Mid-Ohio School’s instructors behind the wheel for $50.
“We pride ourselves in ‘saving tomorrow’s future leaders today’ with the Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program and the important driving skills in all 16 of our courses. This was another simple way The Mid-Ohio School makes a positive impact in the community,” said The Mid-Ohio School Director Steve Bidlack. “Helping the fundraising efforts of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission in its mission to attract and host world class sporting events in Central Ohio was an extension of that.”
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 16 automobile courses include Defensive Driving, High Performance and Racing programs. The motorcycle side features three Performance Track Riding formats. Students enjoy classroom sessions, skill drills, expert private instruction and lapping on the same track that challenges the world’s top racers. In 17 seasons, The Mid-Ohio School has 35,600 graduates, including 11,400 teenagers. For more information, visit www.midohioschool.com