IRL: Inaugural Mid-Ohio race on 2007 schedule

INDYCAR SERIES TO DEBUT AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE IN 2007 INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 -- Indy-style racing will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2007 when the IndyCar Series stages its first event in Ohio on July 22. The new...

INDYCAR SERIES TO DEBUT AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE IN 2007

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2006 -- Indy-style racing will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2007 when the IndyCar Series stages its first event in Ohio on July 22. The new IndyCar Series event will be contested on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio course in Lexington, Ohio. "We are thrilled to be adding Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to the IndyCar Series schedule and look forward to bringing our series to a state rich in motorsports tradition," said Brian Barnhart, president and chief operating officer of the Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body for the IndyCar Series. "Mid-Ohio has a deep championship heritage that connects names like Foyt, Andretti, Rahal, Rutherford, Unser and others with the current stars and teams in the IndyCar Series."

Located 60 miles north of Columbus, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has been called the one of the most competitive circuits in the U.S. and annually hosts a diversity of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional riders and drivers. The track has a long-time association with American Honda Motor Company, which has Ohio car and motorcycle manufacturing facilities in Marysville, Ohio plus one each in Anna, Ohio and East Liberty, Ohio. The race increases the number of announced road/street course events in '07 to five.

"TrueSports, Inc. has a long standing record of hosting the best road racing has to offer," said Michelle Trueman Gajoch, president of TrueSports, Inc., which owns and operates Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. "Aligning the American Le Mans Series and the IndyCar Series further reinforces our commitment to that initiative and our significant customer base as well. Further, it is important to recognize without the cooperation of our long-standing partner, ALMS and the interest of the IndyCar Series, none of this would have been feasible. On behalf of our entire team we are grateful to both."

<pre> The IndyCar Series has previously announced the following events for 2007:

March 24        Homestead-Miami Speedway*
April 1         Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.*
April 21        Twin Ring Motegi
April 29        Kansas Speedway
May 27          Indianapolis Motor Speedway*
June 3          The Milwaukee Mile*
June 9          Texas Motor Speedway
June 24         Iowa Speedway*
June 30         Richmond International Raceway
July 8          Watkins Glen International*
July 14         Nashville Superspeedway
July 22         Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Aug. 11         Kentucky Speedway*
Sept. 2         Raceway at Belle Isle
Sept. 9         Chicagoland Speedway*

The remainder of the 2007 IndyCar Series schedule will be announced at a later date. * denotes Indy Pro Series event to be held.

-credit: irl

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