2005 Mid-Ohio Schedule Features The Hottest Road Racing in The U.S.
DUBLIN, Ohio (November 30, 2004) -- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio announced today an action-packed 2005 season schedule featuring six world-class race weekends, including two of the country's largest motorcycle events and the season ending SCCA National Championship Runoffs® presented by Kohler.
The green flag waves on the 2005 season with the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, May 20-22. The American Le Mans Series race is scheduled to be broadcast live nationwide on CBS television. Also competing during the weekend are both classes of SCCA SPEED World Challenge, the GT and Touring categories.
The Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, June 24-26, will honor both Austin-Healey and Porsche as this year's featured marques. In addition to the classic cars owned by spectators that are sure to flood the facility, this year's event will feature the Australia -- U.S. Healey Challenge. This race pits Australian competition against Healeys from the United States in an intercontinental motorsports event.
During the month of July Cycle-fest descends on North Central Ohio, beginning with AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, July 15-17. Ducati is the featured marque of the American Motorcyclists Association's largest vintage motorcycle gathering. The weekend will include the annual AMA Will Stoner Swap Meet, the largest of its kind in North America and featuring over 1,000 motorcycle-related vendors.
One week later, the largest AMA Superbike event in North America encompasses the Mansfield area for the Honda Super Cycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire, July 22-24. Miguel Duhamel, Jake Zemke and the rest of the AMA Superbike series' top riders return to the 15-turn, 2.4-mile road course for a Wiseco Superbike 100 doubleheader. Along with fast paced racing from the AMA's Supersport, Superstock and Formula Xtreme classes, a crowded Manufacturer's Midway provides a virtual outdoor mall for shopping during breaks in the on-track festivities.
Mid-Ohio's newest traditions combine for two great events during one fun-filled weekend with the EMCO Gears Road Racing Classic and Triple Crown Tuner Challenge, August 26-28. For the third consecutive year, Grand American's Rolex Sports Car Series will stage a Saturday evening race. The largest Daytona Prototype contingent ever to visit Mid-Ohio provide wheel-to-wheel action culminating with a finish at dusk. On Sunday, the hottest custom cars from around the Midwest return to Mid-Ohio to test their driving, audio and style against their fellow import tuners.
The season concludes with the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® presented by Kohler, September 19-25, the 12th consecutive year the world's premier amateur road racing event has been held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With over 700 competitors battling to be named SCCA National Champion in each of their respective classes, the event showcases the best that SCCA road racing has to offer.
Mid-Ohio spectators can watch all of the action by purchasing a 2005 All Access Season Pass, at just $200 if ordered before February 28, 2005. The pass grants general admission, grandstand seating and paddock pass to each of the six spectator events on the schedule, as well as access to Dart Kart weekends and SCCA Regional and National events not open to the general public. Additionally, the All Access Pass includes coupons for souvenirs, concessions, and more. New for 2005, All Access Passholders can purchase season long camping passes, available for $125 for a tent pass and $250 for a motor home.
The All-Access Season Pass and tickets to individual events are available immediately by calling 1-800-MID-OHIO, or on-line at www.midohio.com.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, located in Lexington, Ohio, was opened in 1962. Located just 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland off of Interstate-71, Mid-Ohio can be configured as a 2.25-mile, 13-turn "professional" configuration, or a 2.4-mile, 15-turn alternative. Widely known as the "Most Competitive in the U.S.", Mid-Ohio hosts a variety of motorsports events throughout the year.
More information about TrueSports, Inc., Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School can be found at www.midohio.com. Event and ticket information are available by calling 1-800-MID-OHIO.