DUBLIN, OHIO (June 22, 2009) --Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, located in Lexington, Ohio, will be hosting Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio , sanctioned by the SportsCar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28.

The event will celebrate the Mini Cooper as its featured marque, honoring the diminutive automobile's indelible legacy on and off the track. The Mini Cooper will not be the sole British beauty on display this weekend, however. Saturday's British Car Showdown will give fans in attendance the chance to check out some of the most prominent and revered vehicles in England's history, including MGs, Bentleys, Aston Martins and Jaguars.

The weekend will feature plenty of on-track excitement as well. Ten SVRA group races, along with Formula B, S2000 and Formula 5000, will keep the action on the asphalt hot all weekend long. There is something for everyone with Corvettes, Datsuns, Porsches, Camaros, Ferraris and Alfa Romeos among the makes taking their turn on the track. Vintages from as far back as 1957 will be pushed to their limits, racing over half a century since they left the assembly line. 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal leads the pack of 37 weekend racers calling Ohio home.

The off-track activity will go global on Sunday with the Concours d'Elegance. The car show will feature classic and contemporary motoring marvels from all over the globe. Both the Concours d'Elegance and the British Car Showdown will award prizes to best-in-class vehicles among other awards.

SVRA is the premier organization and sanctioning body committed to preserving vintage sports car racing. With a diverse lineup of vehicles that include both closed- and open-wheel cars and over 400 drivers competing on race weekends, SVRA has held events at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since 1982.

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 drivers and riders. Tickets are available online at www.midohio.com or by phone at 1-800-MID-OHIO.

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