LEXINGTON, OHIO (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The NTT IndyCar Series is racing this weekend at The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Mid-Ohio is the closest track the NTT IndyCar Series gets to Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, just a 2-and-a-half-hour drive from Downtown.
This will be the 35th IndyCar race held at Mid-Ohio. Alexander Rossi is the defending race winner.
“We’ve been hosting this event for a number of years,” Mid-Ohio President Craig Rust told Pittsburgh Racing Now. “It’s a staple on the NTT IndyCar Series and it’s always a great event here. We’re excited about it.”
The IndyCar race is not the only event being held at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural terrain road course.
“We’re running Indy Lights over the three days,” said Rust. “We also have Indy Pro 2000, USF 2000 and basically they’re feeder series. A lot of the drivers you see today in the IndyCar Series started in the feeder series.”
In addition to the “Road to Indy” feeder series, you’re going to see some trucks this weekend at Mid-Ohio.
“We also have something new this year, Robbie Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Trucks,” said Rust. “This is something brand new for us. We have not run them here before, but they put on a great show. We’re excited to add them to the schedule.”
If you’re interested in spending the weekend at the track, tent and motorhome camping is available but take your party decorations with you.
“We do a promotion every year with Honda, where it’s actually a contest to decorate your motorhome,” said Rust. “The drivers go around and act as judges. This year it’s ‘family gras’, kind of like a family mardi gras theme. We change that theme every year.”
Last year’s “Pirate” theme would have hit close to home for Pittsburghers.
The family atmosphere is a big part of the Mid-Ohio weekend and it also friendly to the budget as kids 12 & under get in for free all weekend. There is an autograph session on Friday and another way to get up-close and personal with the teams and drivers.
“I suggest people purchase a Paddock Pass,” said Rust. “That gets you inside the Paddock where the teams work on the cars. It really is one of the motorsports series that is very accessible to the fans, so it is really a fun thing to do. If you want to spend time with the family, 12 & Under are free and they also can get into the paddock area, so it really is a family event.”
Rust encourages all fans to get their tickets and especially their camping early because camping is subject to sell out. The easiest way to take care of that is by going onto the track website, www.midohio.com, or by calling 419-884-4000. You can also view the complete on track schedule and fan activities on the website.
“We get huge crowds for the Honda Indy 200,” said Rust. “People start coming in Thursday afternoon and getting parked so they’re ready to go Friday morning. Over the three days there’s basically something on track at all times. We’d love for the Pittsburgh area sports fans to take the drive over whether it’s for the weekend, a day or for Sunday’s main event.”