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Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Track History

Mid OhioOften called the most competitive road course in the United States, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a permanent road circuit set in the rolling hills of Lexington, Ohio. Located nearly equidistant from Cleveland and Columbus, near Mansfield, the grounds have been said to look country club than racetrack in deference to its lush green grass, beautiful trees and exceptional amenities. With two challenging track configurations – 2.25-mile, 13 turns and 2.4-mile, 15 turns – the circuit has earned its reputation over fifty years of great racing among many of motorsport’s legendary competitors.

Built in 1962 by Les Griebling as a location for weekend sports car racing, the track was purchased in 1981 by the late Jim Trueman, founder of Red Roof Inns. Under his direction, the track underwent major renovations, including the addition of grandstand seats and amphitheater-style seating, garages, several buildings such as the iconic Goodyear Tower and a redesigned paddock area.

Trueman’s wife Barbara and daughter Michelle undertook management of the facility in 1986, continuing track improvements throughout the decade with the resurfacing and widening of the entire course, as well as the addition of safety enhancements such as tire, guardrail, sand and cement barriers, spectator and debris fencing, and gravel runoff areas. Further improvements implemented included the expansion of the Honda Communications Building and construction of the Goodyear Bridge.

In 1989, Michelle Trueman Gajoch was named president of the facility and oversaw all day-to-day operations of the circuit until 2011. It was then, when Kim Green and Kevin Savoree, principals of Green Savoree Racing Promotions, purchased Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School through wholly owned subsidiary Green Savoree Mid-Ohio, LLC. The pair has worked together since 1993 as team owners in CART and the IZOD IndyCar Series, winning four championships and three Indianapolis 500s. They also own and promote two street races on the IZOD IndyCar Series Schedule, the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and the Honda Indy Toronto.

In keeping with its reputation as ‘the most competitive road course in the United States’, the track underwent extensive capital improvements during the 2006 off-season. The track and pit lane were completely resurfaced and connectors were added in the track’s famed Keyhole section to allow for three separate road course configurations.

The racetrack operates from March through November each year. During those months, it plays host to six race weekends open to the public and hundreds of days each year are filled with smaller events. Some of these include car club races, test days and driving and riding programs through The Mid-Ohio School.

Track and school staff operates year round in Dublin, Ohio. Marketing, sales, promotions, PR and accounting efforts for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School are coordinated through this office while operations, safety, tickets and hospitality are run at the track.

 

Open Track Time

Overview

Always wanted to get your car on the track at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course? This is now the least expensive option! Get some track time at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in your qualified street car (Sorry no SUV's, vans or trucks eligible to participate.) Each group will receive three 20-minute open or lead-follow track sessions, depending on driver qualifications.

Open Track Time/Open Lapping

For those drivers that have completed The Mid-Ohio Racing School Day Two or higher (ie Three Day School, Lapping) etc.

Open Track Time/Limited Speed Lead-Follow

For those drivers who have never been on a track before or has completed Racing School Day 1 / High Performance.

To ensure your safety and others participating, all cars are subject to random inspections before and throughout the test sessions. No convertible vehicles unless equipped with proper roll over protection.

No passengers in any cars at any time. No exceptions. This program requires all drivers to use their own street legal vehicle.

Curriculum

Full-course, open or lead-follow lapping in sessions by group

Fuel will be available for purchase

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. with the first on track session starting between 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. depending on the day.

Fuel Available

Cam2 (Purple) Leaded 100 Octane

Cam2 (Clear) Unleaded 100 Octane

260GTX Unleaded Non-Oxygenated 98 Octane

Premium Unleaded 93 Octane

Pumps are available 24 hours a day and payment method is by major credit card only - including but not limited to: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Sunoco credit and cash cards. Cash cards are available at the souvenir booth located next to the paddock food stand. The cash cards will help alleviate the problem associated with repeated credit card use at the pumps and will increase the purchase amount to the amount on the card.

Course Ideally Suited For:

Graduates of The Mid-Ohio School High Performance, Advanced High Performance and Lapping programs

PCA, BMWCCA, Audi and other Car Club Instructors or Experienced Club Track Event participants

Novice Enthusiasts who want to explore The Mid-Ohio School programs

Novice Enthusiasts who want to taste the thrill of high speed lapping in a lead-follow environment in their own car

Driver Eligibility

All "open lapping" drivers must be graduates of The Mid-Ohio School's Lapping Program or present proof of a current SCCA PDX, NASA HPDE or other car club credentials to provide documentation of the completion of an on track course including being signed off by an Instructor to drive solo. All other drivers just need a qualified street car.

$195 with the use of your own street legal car

Drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver's license.

All drivers must complete The Mid-Ohio School's Damage to Participant Vehicle Waiver form.

Must have completed our Racing School Day 2 or higher or another approved driving program with similar skill sets to enroll.

All drivers should wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and long pants as well as closed toe shoes (no sandals or flip flops). Helmets must be worn while on track. The Mid-Ohio School has a limited supply of helmets that can be used at no additional charge but if you have your own, please bring it.

Using your street car for Open Track Time sessions? The Mid-Ohio School recommends the following for all on-track programs:

Personal vehicles will be required to have, at a minimum, working factory installed restraint systems (working seat belts) or the equivalent. Tires should have at least 3/32 tread or be DOT approved race tires. Brake pads should be less than ¼ used, performance brake pads recommended. No visible fluid leaks. Convertibles are permitted in our Open Track Time - Limited Speed Lead/Follow Lapping Sessions only. No convertibles in Open Track Time - Max Speed Lead/Follow Lapping or Open Track Time - Open Lapping Sessions unless equipped with proper aftermarket roll cage or a removable hardtop. No SUV's, vans or trucks permitted. Loaner helmets are available at the track.

Suggested maintenance to perform prior to arrival:

Torque wheels to recommended specs

Check/adjust tire pressure

Flush brake fluid system

Bring extra brake fluid and motor oil

Bring a tire gauge; air is available at track

Upon arrival:

Remove all loose items from vehicle

Check tire pressure often during the day

Re-torque wheels after one or two track sessions

Any additional driver sharing a car with another registered driver for on track sessions must register and pay the full standard enrollment fee separately. Any additional car used for on track sessions by the same driver is subject to 50% of the standard enrollment fee.

 

Directions

Located directly off Interstate 71 in the heart of Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (also home of The Mid-Ohio School) is ideally situated and easy to find.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 7721 Steam Corners Road, Lexington, Ohio 44904-0108

From Cleveland, Ohio:

Take I-71 south to U.S. 30. Go west on U.S. 30 to Fourth St./Crestline exit. Turn left at end of exit ramp and proceed to stop light. At stop light turn right and then veer right onto St. Rt. 314. Go approximately 7 miles and turn left on Steam Corners Rd. Mid-Ohio is one mile on the left. Approx. Travel Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Take I-71 S. Take exit 165 for OH-97 toward Lexington/Bellville. Turn right at OH-97/OH 97 W. Turn left at E Main St/ US-42 and continue to follow E. Main St. Turn left at Lexington Steam Corners Rd. Mid-Ohio is 2 miles on the right. Approx. Travel Time: 1 hour, 36 minutes.

From Columbus, Ohio:

Take I-71 north to St.Rt. 95 east. Turn right off the ramp and follow St.Rt. 95 for 2 miles and turn left (north) on St.Rt. 314 for 15 miles. Turn right on Steam Corners Rd. Mid-Ohio is one mile on the left. Approx. Travel Time: 1 hour

Take 1-71 N towards Cleveland. Take exit 165 for OH-97 toward Lexington/Bellville. Turn left at OH-97/OH 97 W. Turn left at E Main St/US-42 and continue to follow E. Main St. Turn left at Lexington Steam Corners Rd. Mid-Ohio is two miles on the right. Approx. Travel Time: 1 hour

From Akron/Canton, Ohio:

Take U.S. 30 west to Fourth St./Crestline exit. Turn left at end of exit ramp and proceed to stop light. At stop light turn right and then veer right onto St. Rt. 314. Go approximately 7 miles and turn left on Steam Corners Rd. Mid-Ohio is one mile on the left. Approx. Travel Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

From Fort Wayne, Indiana:

Take U.S. 30 east to Fourth St./Crestline exit. Turn right at end of exit ramp and proceed to stop light. At stop light turn right and then veer right onto St. Rt. 314. Go approximately 7 miles and turn left on Steam Corners Rd. Mid-Ohio is one mile on the left. Approx. Travel Time: 3 hours

From Detroit/Toledo, Ohio:

Take I-75 South to Route 15 E/US-68 S toward US-23/Columbus/Kenton. Continue on US-23 S. Slight right at US-30 E (signs for Bucyrus/Mansfield/US-30 E). Stay on Route 30 E to Fourth St./Crestline exit. Turn right at end of exit ramp and proceed to stop light. At stop light turn right and then veer right onto State Route 314. Go approximately seven miles and turn left on Steam Corners Road. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is one mile on the left. Approx. Travel Time: 2 ½ - 3 hours.

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