Another busy Mid-Ohio season has started; Vintage Grand Prix starts June 22


MORROW COUNTY — The 2018 Mid-Ohio racing season got off to an earlier start than usual with its major events.

Running from May 4-6 was the Acura Sports Car Challenge, which was the return of IMSA racing to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, located in northeastern Morrow County. The event marked the return of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for the first time since 2013, as well as the first ever IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Mid-Ohio.

That was the first of five scheduled major events for ticket-holders, with the others running over the summer.

The Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio will be held from June 22-24. Featuring the Sportcar Vintage Racing Association, races are held throughout the weekend between cars separated into 11 racing groups.

July 6-8 will be the weekend for motorcycle enthusiasts, as the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio will be held. Not only will there be action, both on the road course and off, but many other opportunities for entertainment will be available, including bike shows, seminars, musical performances and the annual swap meet.

Also in July is the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Running from July 27-29, the IndyCar series race, won by Josef Newgarden last year, is the headlining event, although several other races will be held over the weekend. Other participating series are Indy Lights, Pro Mazda and USF2000.

The final major event will be the Mid-Ohio Challenge of the NASCAR XFINITY circuit, which will run on Aug. 10 and 11. In its sixth year of existence, the Mid-Ohio Challenge was won last year by Ohioan Sam Hornish Jr. Also running as part of the weekend will by the Trans-Am Series and the Formula 4 United States Championship.

Throughout the entire season, there will also be club events taking place virtually every other weekend, starting on the April 14-15 weekend and concluding on the Oct. 19-21 weekend. These events may be attended by anyone with a season pass, while several of them are also open to the general public for $10. To see a full calendar of events, go to http://midohio.com/calendar

Josef Newgarden took the checkered flag during last year’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
https://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2018/05/web1_josefnewgarden.jpgJosef Newgarden took the checkered flag during last year’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Rob Hamilton | Aim Media

There is more to Mid-Ohio than just racing. During the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, a massive swap meet is held on the facility grounds.
https://www.thebellvillestar.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2018/05/web1_swapmeet.jpgThere is more to Mid-Ohio than just racing. During the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, a massive swap meet is held on the facility grounds. Rob Hamilton | Aim Media
Vintage Grand Prix coming in four weeks

 

By Rob Hamilton

roberthamilton@aimmediamidwest.com

 

 

Rob Hamilton can be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1807. Connect with him on Twitter at @SportsMCS

 

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