36th Annual Vintage Grand Prix Brings Classic Cars and Racing Back to Mid-Ohio


Special to The Sunbury News



LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 14, 2018) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) returns to the 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course in Lexington, Ohio, June 22-24. For the 36th consecutive year on the summer schedule, the Vintage Grand Prix will extend its streak as the longest continuously running event held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

With practice sessions beginning on Friday, the first feature race of the weekend will take place on Saturday as the International GT group will compete at 11:20 a.m. The final checkered flag will fall on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. following races from groups such as the Vintage/Classic Endurance and the Historic GT/GTP Endurance.

Throughout the weekend there will be races of a wide assortment of race cars, including Volvo as the featured marque for the event and the fifth leg of the Mazda Miata Heritage Cup. Classic cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Lotus, MG, Porsche, Triumph among others will all be on track. Overall, the weekend will provide 22 different feature races and over 200 cars are expected to enter, allowing fans to see over 60 years of history of racing’s past.

Attendees can also stay entertained with two separate car shows, the British Car Showdown, happening on Saturday, and the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday’s schedule. Attendees wanting to participate in the car shows can sign up during the morning on site and will be able to take a lap around the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during the lunch break in their classic car as part of their entry into either show. Show entry is free with a paid general admission to the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.

“We had such a great start to the 2018 race season in early May and the Vintage Grand Prix will certainly help us keep the momentum going,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “This event brings so much automotive history together on and off the track making it a unique experience for the fans. Access to the garage area is free all weekend long allowing an up close view and interaction with the cars and drivers. If you are an automotive enthusiast, this is a must attend event.”

The SVRA, the sanctioning body of the event, was founded in 1978 and is the only national vintage racing organization in the United States. The SVRA provides groups of racing for a variety of different vehicles, while emphasizing the importance of keeping vintage racing fun, fair and safe for all of those involved.

Tickets for the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio are $30 per day or $40 for the weekend (Friday-Sunday admission). Children 12 years old and under always receive free general admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Limited tickets for hospitality access are also available for $90, which includes admission to the event, food and beverage for the whole race weekend and some of the best views of the track from the elevated Mid-Ohio Deck. Motorhome and tent camping is also available. To purchase tickets, visit midohio.com or call 419-884-4000 during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

EVENT OVERVIEW & HISTORY

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is hosting the 36th Annual Vintage Grand Prix sanctioned by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association. This year Volvo is the featured marque race, while competitions in Historic GT/GTP Endurance, Vintage/Classic Endurance, the Mazda Miata Heritage Cup and the International GT group will be occurring throughout the weekend. Other races will also be taking place in multiple different classes of vintage and classic vehicles. In total, 22 feature races will be set to take place during this weekend filled with nostalgic racing action.

WHEN: June 22-24, 2018

WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio

TRACK: 2.4-mile, 15-turn natural terrain road course (five left and ten right turns running clockwise)

OWNERS: Kim Green and Kevin Savoree of Green Savoree Racing Promotions

SERIES: The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), founded in 1978, is the only national vintage racing organization in the United States of America and sponsors races in 12 different racing classes with vehicles ranging from small displacement production cars to vintage prototype vehicles. The SVRA provides various types of racing while emphasizing the importance of keeping vintage racing safe, fair and fun.

FEATURED MARQUE: Volvo

CAR SHOWS: British Car Showdown – Saturday, June 23; Open to all British marques

Concours d’Elegance – Sunday, June 24; Open to classic and sports cars

Registration for both shows is in the infield of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and ends at 11 a.m. each day. Those who register will get a parade lap around the track during the lunch break.

FEATURED RACES

Vintage/Classic Endurance Race: 60 minute timed race including 1 pit stop. Sunday, June 24, 8-9 a.m.

Historic GT/GTP Endurance Race: 90 minute timed race including 2 pit stops. Sunday, June 24, 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Featured Marque: Volvo — 2 races, Saturday: 2:55 p.m. and Sunday: 3:00 p.m.

Mazda Miata Heritage Cup: 2 races, Saturday: 3:20 p.m. and Sunday: 9:45 a.m.

International GT Feature Races: 2 races, Saturday: 11:20 a.m. and Saturday: 5:00 p.m.

Group Races: 7 races, both Saturday and Sunday

SVRA RACE GROUPS

Group 1: Recognized small displacement production sports cars and sedans.

Group 2: Pre-1973 Formula cars conforming to the SVRA classic formula car regulations. Other cars may be accepted by invitation as appropriate.

Group 3: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1972.

Group 4: Limited produced sports cars, racing “specials” and GT cars built or in production prior to 1960. This group represents the “Golden Age” of sports car racing in the United States and Europe. Other appropriate cars by invitation.

Group 5: Small bore World Sports Car Championship and prototypes as raced between 1960 and 1972. All 3 classes of Sports 2000 cars, SRF’s as well as WSR cars.

Group 6: Selected big-bore production sports cars and sedans through 1972.

Group 7: World Championship of Makes sports cars on slicks. Under 2 Liter sports cars as raced after 1972. Can Am cars as raced after 1967. Center-seat Can Am cars, SCCA ASR & BSR.

Group 8: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1979, and later cars by invitation.

Group 9: Wings and slicks formula cars complying with SVRA post-1973 formula car regulations.

Group 10: Select GT sports cars and sedans raced between 1973 and 1999. NASCAR Cup and Busch Series stock cars. Trans-Am and production-based contemporary as raced from 1999 to 5 years from today’s date.

Group 11: GTP/Group C, ALMS, PSCR, WSC, Grand Am prototype cars and SCCA P1 &P2 as raced from 1981 to 5 years from today’s date.

Group 12: Select GT sports cars and sedans raced between 1973 and 5 years prior to today’s date. These are Production-based cars such as Motorola Cup or any other stock / prepared racing series. Early IMSA GTO and GTU small bore cars will be accepted on an individual basis.

LAST VINTAGE GRAND PRIX AT MID-OHIO

Historic GT/GTP Endurance Race Winners: Peter McLaughlin/Justin Frick- 51 Laps, 1:28.169 Best Time in a 1980 March 822

Vintage/Classic Endurance Race Winner: Graham Adelman- 33 Laps, 1:37.299 Best Time in a 1962 Lotus 23B

Mazda Miata Heritage Race Winner: Marc Cefalo- 9 Laps, 1:43.924 Best Time in a 1997 Mazda Miata

International GT Race Winners: Thomas Pank- 16 Laps, 1:29.271 Best Time in a 2010 Porsche GT3 Cup; Steven Hill – 16 Laps, 1:29.808 Best Time in a 2015 Ferrari 458 Challenge

FOLLOW THE EVENT: Website: midohio.com

Facebook: @MidOhioSportsCarCourse

Twitter: @Mid_Ohio

Instagram: @officialmidohio

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TICKETS: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers an exceptional family value. Children 12 and under are admitted free (not the grandstands) when accompanied by a ticketed adult, plus free parking is available. General admission is $40 for the weekend, $30 for individual day passes and $90 for an all-inclusive Hospitality pass ($5 additional for tickets purchased at the gate). Tent and motor home camping is available on site. To order tickets in advance, visit midohio.com or by phone at 419-884-4000.

SCHEDULE: To view the on track schedule and fan activities, visit www.midohio.com/schedule.

ABOUT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

A comprehensive motorsports facility in Lexington, Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course sits on 330 acres and features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: 2.4-mile, 15-turn or 2.258-mile, 13-turn layout. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the natural terrain road course is commonly referred to as the “Most Competitive in the U.S.” and annually hosts a diversity of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders. It is also home to The Mid-Ohio School, featuring over 20 driving and riding courses, for teenagers to professional racers using Honda vehicles. Opened in 1962, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, just the facility’s third private ownership group in its history.

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