Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course news 2009-08-06

DOUBLE-HEADER RACING WEEKEND AT MID-OHIO AUG. 7-9 The American Le Mans Series and IndyCar Series will be at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the running of the Acura Sports Car Challenge and The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield ...

DOUBLE-HEADER RACING WEEKEND AT MID-OHIO AUG. 7-9

The American Le Mans Series and IndyCar Series will be at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the running of the Acura Sports Car Challenge and The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance for the biggest motorsports weekend in Ohio on August 7-9.

2009 marks the third consecutive year the Le Mans Prototypes and Grand Touring cars of the American Le Mans Series have teamed up with the open-wheel rockets of the IndyCar Series at the 2.25-mile , 13-turn Lexington, Ohio circuit. They'll be sharing the course this weekend with the sports cars of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge and the future stars of open-wheel racing in the Firestone Indy Lights series and The Atlantic Championship.

Action for the co-headlining series will get under way Friday when David Brabham, Adrian Fernandez and the stars of the American Le Mans Series hit the track for qualifying at 2 p.m., with Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick and the drivers of the IndyCar Series making their first appearance of the weekend shortly after for practice.

The IndyCars roll out for qualifying on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. as an appetizer to the day's main event-- the American Le Mans Series' Acura Sports Car Challenge at 3 p.m. The two-hour and 45-minute-long race will feature both P1 and P2 classes, as well as the production-based machines of the GT and Challenge classes, with series standouts Gil de Ferran, Scott Sharp, Luis Diaz and Simon Pagenaud doing battle on the most competitive course in the US. The up-and-coming talent of The Atlantic Championship will serve as the nightcap of the day's action, taking the green flag at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday will feature a flurry of racing fury, with the Indy Racing League's development series, Firestone Indy Lights, going green at 10:15 a.m., followed by the GT cars of SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge at 11:30. At 1:45 p.m., Dario Franchitti, Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves will try to chase down points leader Scott Dixon in Sunday's main event, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance. After the dust settles from the high-speed, open-wheel IndyCar affair, the Touring Class of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge will hit the track to close the books on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course's biggest event of the year.

There will be plenty to do and see off the track this weekend as well. The American Le Mans Series will be hosting Tech Talks on Friday and Saturday, while the IndyCar Fan Zone will let fans try their hand in IndyCar simulators. Fans will also get a chance to meet their favorite drivers in each series, with autograph sessions taking place throughout the weekend.

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. Advance tickets for this weekend can be ordered by calling 1-800-MID-OHIO or by visiting www.midohio.com.

-credit: tsc/moscc

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Series ALMS , Atlantic , IndyCar , Indy Lights , PWC
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Luis Diaz , Ryan Briscoe , Simon Pagenaud