Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fast Track Facts: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

credit: NASCAR Media
The NASCAR Xfinity Series visits three road courses during a span of four upcoming races, the second of which is Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, located just outside of Lexington, OH. Learn more about this versatile course in this week’s Fast Facts.
  • Mid-Ohio opened in 1962 as a 15-turn, 2.4-mile course; it was sold in 1982 to Jim Trueman, the founder of Red Roof Inns, and significant upgrades were made to the facility. In 1990, the track itself was refurbished, including the addition of a new straightaway that created a second layout of 13 turns and 2.258 miles. Another track renovation in 2006 led to a third potential configuration.
  • Mid-Ohio hosts four major events each year spanning a variety of motorsports. In addition to the Xfinity Series race, the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association and the American Motorcyclist Association also host weekends at the track. The IndyCar Series has raced at the track since 2007, while the Xfinity Series began racing at Mid-Ohio in 2013.
  • The Xfinity Series race takes place on the 13-turn, 2.258-mile course and has had four different winners in its four years: A.J. Allmendinger (2013), Chris Buescher (2014), Regan Smith (2015) and Justin Marks (2016). Sam Hornish Jr. has earned two pole positions (2014 and 2016) in Xfinity competition, including a track-record in 2016 of 96.374 mph.
  • Learn more about the track and its events at www.midohio.com

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