IRL: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to host 2007 race

INDYCAR SERIES TO JOIN AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE IN 2007 DUBLIN, Ohio (October 11, 2006) -- Open-wheel racing will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as TrueSports, Incorporated announced today the IndyCar Series...

INDYCAR SERIES TO JOIN AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE IN 2007

DUBLIN, Ohio (October 11, 2006) -- Open-wheel racing will return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, as TrueSports, Incorporated announced today the IndyCar Series will team up with the American Le Mans Series in an event slated for July 20-22, 2007.

This signifies the first time the IndyCar Series has ventured to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and will mark the first open-wheel race at the Lexington, Ohio road course since 2003. The event will be the one of three which the American Le Mans Series and the IndyCar Series will run jointly in 2007.

This combined event is poised to be the largest and most significant motorsports event in the state of Ohio, with live national television coverage from CBS. Additionally, radio coverage will be provided on XM Satellite Radio and IMS Radio Network will feed affiliates nationwide. The three-day event will combine the best of North American road racing.

"TrueSports, Incorporated has a long-standing record of hosting the best road racing has to offer. Aligning the American Le Mans Series and the IndyCar Series further reinforces our commitment to that initiative and our significant customer base as well," said Michelle Trueman Gajoch, president of TrueSports, Incorporated. "Further, it is important to recognize that without the cooperation of our long-standing partner, American Le Mans Series, 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."

"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."

A comprehensive motorsports facility, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: a 2.4-mile, 15-turn, and a 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit. The park-like, 330-acre complex in Lexington, Ohio also features an amateur motocross venue. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the track has been called the most competitive 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.

Founded in 1980 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 and rider instruction, corporate, and family entertainment events throughout the year.

-credit: moscc

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