DUBLIN, Ohio (May 31, 2001) - The 40th Year of Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is set to begin during the track's busiest season ever with the ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic, June 8-10, at the 2.25-mile, 13-turn ...
DUBLIN, Ohio (May 31, 2001) - The 40th Year of Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, is set to begin during the track's busiest season ever with the ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic, June 8-10, at the 2.25-mile, 13-turn permanent road course.
The ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic features action of the Grand American Road Racing Series and, for the second year in a row, will host a unique Mid-Ohio Fan Appreciation Weekend.
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series highlights the weekend schedule. Grand-Am, the same series that runs the historic Daytona 24-hour event, features exotic SportsRacing Prototypes, GT machines such as Corvettes, Vipers, Ferraris and Porsches, and American GT "muscle cars." These cars will battle in a three-hour interclass competition highlighted by mandatory driver changes.
SportsRacing Prototypes are open-cockpit machines featuring chassis from Cadillac, Ferrari, Riley & Scott and Kudzu among others. They are powered by Chevrolet, Cadillac, Ferrari, Ford, Judd and Mazda engines. The class has two divisions: SportsRacing Prototypes and SportsRacing Prototype IIs. SportsRacing Prototypes reach levels in the 650 horsepower range and turbocharging is permitted. SportsRacing Prototype II cars are powered by normally aspirated, six-cylinder engines. Both are similar to the Can-Am machines prevalent at Mid-Ohio from 1970 to 1982.
The GTS and GT divisions will also battle at the track. The GTS division features Corvettes, Vipers and Turbo Porches that reach up to 650 horsepower. The GT division showcases BMW M3s, Ferraris, normally aspirated Porches and Porsche M3R's. All produce more than 450 horsepower.
The American GT division is comprised of classic muscle cars like the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang. These cars are "set up" similar to NASCAR machines and reach over 600 horsepower.
Rounding out the weekend of racing will be action from the Grand-Am Cup, American City Racing League, SCCA Pro Spec Racer Series and U.S. F2000 National Championship.
The Grand-Am Cup race is similar to the feature race with a three-hour endurance format and mandatory driver change. The cars are two-seat, street stock sportscars competing in four categories (from fastest to slowest): Super Grand Sport, Grand Sport, Sport-Touring and Compact.
The American City Racing League features a 20-lap battle of classic open-cockpit, two-seat, Ford Cosworth four-cylinder engines. These cars are reminiscent of Sport 2000 machines. Manufacturers include Carbir, Swift, Lola, Doran, Mallock, Van Diemen and Shrike.
The SCCA Pro Spec Racer Series drivers will run a 30-minute timed event in identical single-seat, open-cockpit, rear-engine vehicles powered by sealed 1.9-liter Ford engines.
The U.S. F2000 machines are single-seat, open-cockpit, open-wheel cars that resemble vehicles from the CART developmental series and have launched careers such as Buddy Rice and the late Greg Moore. Cars reach over 150 miles per hour and are powered by 2000cc engines. The weekend features two U.S. F2000 races.
Fans attending the ConAgra Foods U.S. Road Racing Classic can enter to win a unique race experience and prizes at the 2nd annual Fan Appreciation Weekend. Prizes include Pepsi Fan Survival Kits, a chance to wave the green flag to start one of the weekend's races, pace car rides, VIP trackside luncheon with several professional drivers or a chance to watch the races from the announcers booth overlooking the famed "esses."
Call 1-800-MID-OHIO or visit www.midohio.com for event and ticket information. Orders received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 7, 2001 may be discounted up to 20 percent.