IndyCar Invades Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course This Weekend

NASCAR Xfinity Series At Mid-Ohio Next Month

Scott Stiller
July 25, 2019 - 3:29 pm
Alexander Rossi leads the IndyCar field to the green flag at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Matt Fraver/IndyCar Series

LEXINGTON, OH (93.7 The Fan) – The NTT IndyCar Series is getting as close to Pittsburgh as they can, racing this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, about 2-and-a-half-hours away from Pittsburgh.

This is the 35th IndyCar Race at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural terrain road course where Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi took home the checkered flag in 2018. Johnny Rutherford captured the first in 1980.

Not only will the IndyCar Series be competing this weekend but several of the “Road to Indy” feeder series as well including Indy Lights, Indy Pro 200 and one other attraction.

“We also have something new this year, Robbie Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Trucks,” said Mid-Ohio President Craig Rust.  “We have not run them here before, but they put on a great show.  We’re excited to add them to the schedule.”

Tickets are available for the weekend and for each day according to Rust.  If fans want to spend the weekend at the track and camp out, Rust suggests calling the track and booking space now as tent and motorhome camping is subject to selling out.

“It’s a lot of fun to camp up here, you get to meet a lot of people,” said Rust.  “There’s an autograph session on Friday, it’s always real popular.  There is a lot to see and do over the course of the weekend, so camping is absolutely a great way to come see it.”

Mid-Ohio has all kinds of ticket options to fit what your schedule allows and kids 12 & under are free.

“You can buy a weekend pass that’s good for Friday through Sunday,” said Rust.  “You can do daily’s if you just want to come over for the day and check it out or, you know, just come over on Sunday for the main event and buy a Sunday only ticket.”

Newcomers to the track might also want to purchase and additional ticket.

“I also suggest people purchase a Paddock Pass,” said Rust.  “That gets you inside the paddock where the teams work on the cars.  You can get up-close to the cars and the teams.”

Track activity begins on Friday when the USF 2000 cars take to the track at 8:50 a.m. followed by the Indy Pro 2000 and Indy Lights.  The IndyCar Series practice begins at 11:20 a.m.

“Over the three days there’s basically something on the track at all times,” said Rust.

Tickets, camping information and the entire weekend schedule can be found on the track’s website, www.midohio.com.

Next month the Xfinity Series races at Mid-Ohio and road races have become some of the most popular races on the NASCAR schedule.

“If you have not seen a NASCAR race on a road course, to me they’re the best races,” said Rust.  “The speeds on the ovals are pretty cool but the beating and banging they can do at Mid-Ohio, we are really set-up very well for stock cars and the Xfinity guys put on a great, great show.”

Later in 2019 Mid-Ohio will play host to the National Auto Sport Association Championship as well as Americas Rallycross so Pittsburgh-area race fans can make the short trek West to check out those series as well.

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