Mid-Ohio Announces Facility Improvements For 2000

DUBLIN, OH (May 11, 2000) - The tradition of improvements continued this off-season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. TrueSports, Inc., owner and operator of the Lexington, Ohio road course, announced today several facility improvements that will be...

DUBLIN, OH (May 11, 2000) - The tradition of improvements continued this off-season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. TrueSports, Inc., owner and operator of the Lexington, Ohio road course, announced today several facility improvements that will be completed in time for the 2000 racing season.

Recent improvements are aimed toward keeping Mid-Ohio one of the most widely recognized family- and fan-friendly racing venues in the United States.

New to Mid-Ohio this year is the 36,000 square yard Vehicle Dynamics Center. The upper and middle paddock areas were paved to create the area, which will be used for The Mid-Ohio School driving instruction. Exercises such as wet braking, emergency lane changing and skid car drills are done in conjunction with the Honda Teen Driving Program and the Car Control Clinic as well as various other school programs. Previously, these drills were conducted only on the skid pad and racetrack. The Vehicle Dynamics Center will allow for more driving school dates while the track is in use for testing or other events.

Race transporters will continue to occupy the Vehicle Dynamics Center for weekend events, including the 13th Round of the CART FedEx Championship Series, the Miller Lite 200. Fan-based activities such as the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days' Demo Rides will expand this year as a result of the large, newly paved area.

The television compound, previously located on the south end of the Goodyear Drive-over Bridge, has been moved to just north of the Honda Communications Building to ease pedestrian congestion. The movement of the compound will allow for more fluid spectator movement between the paddock areas and the infield and will reduce post-race exit time from the infield.

Also, the compound has increased in size to 150 feet by 150 feet, allowing more room for transporters and crews at Mid-Ohio during race events.

Additional changes this year include 5,000 feet of fencing around the paddock areas and 12 new free-standing overhead lights in the paddock area. This will improve lighting in the middle paddock areas.

The season begins June 2-4 with the U.S. Road Racing Classic, showcasing the exciting racing of the Grand American Road Racing Series. The opening event also features Mid-Ohio's Fan Appreciation Weekend, offering lucky fans the opportunity to win a pace car ride, wave the green flag at one of the weekend's races, or score numerous other unique fan experience prizes. Also, tickets to the U.S. Road Racing Classic are two-for-one now through May 26, 2000. Buy one event ticket, get another of the same ticket for free. This is a limited time offer done in conjunction with Fan Appreciation Weekend.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car course is a 2.4-mile, 15-turn permanent road race course located in Lexington, Ohio, 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland. Commonly referred to as the "Most Competitive in the U.S.," Mid-Ohio hosts six major motorsports events in 2000, including amateur, professional and international racing of the two- and four-wheel variety. Mid-Ohio is also home to The Mid-Ohio School, featuring 10 different driving programs. For event information or to order tickets, call 1-800-MID-OHIO or (419) 884-4000, or visit Mid-Ohio online at www.midohio.com.

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