WHAT: The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio features a jam-packed weekend of on track action in both the open- and closed-wheel variety. Headlined by the Verizon IndyCar Series, this will be the 34th open-wheel Indy car race held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The weekend schedule includes all three series of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder including doubleheader races for Indy Lights and Pro Mazda and a triple-header for USF2000. The Global Mazda MX-5 Cup completes the racing slate with some full-fender action. Overall, this weekend will provide an opportunity for viewing of 10 total races.
WHEN: July 27-29, 2018
SCHEDULE: To view the on track schedule and fan activities, visit www.midohio.com/schedule.
WHERE: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio
TRACK: 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural terrain road course (four left and nine right turns running clockwise)
RACES: Verizon IndyCar Series; Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires; Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires; Cooper Tires USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda; Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires
INDYCAR: Round 13 of 17 for the U.S.-based Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, the 90-lap Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio will cover 203.22 miles.
RACE SERIES: The Verizon IndyCar Series is the premier open-wheel racing series in the United States. It offers one of the most diverse and challenging schedules in motorsports with races held on ovals, permanent road courses and temporary street circuits.
A new aerodynamic body kit has been introduced to the series in 2018 providing a sleeker, more aggressive-looking Indy car taking it back to a similar look of the 1990s.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires is the top step of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder system for drivers and teams striving to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Nineteen of the 33 starters in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 were Indy Lights graduates. The Indy Lights champion receives a three-race scholarship package which includes the Indy 500.
The Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires is the second step on the Mazda Road to Indy, bridging the gap between the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. The series’ champion is awarded a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to Indy Lights competition the following year. Graduates include Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal.
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda is the first step on the Mazda Road to Indy. In addition to providing a vital training ground for rising stars, the series champion will earn a scholarship package from Mazda to advance to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires. Drivers who have honed their skills in the series include Indy 500 winners Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish Jr. and Buddy Rice.
The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires is the signature spec series for the Mazda Road to 24, the sportscar equivalent to the Mazda Road to Indy. The MX-5 Cup champion earns a $200,000 scholarship to be used to help elevate their career to the next level of racing competition.
TV BROADCAST: Verizon IndyCar Series: Qualifying- NBCSN – 1:30 p.m. ET live on Saturday, July 28; Race – NBCSN on CNBC – 3 p.m. ET live and re-air 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 29. Indy Lights: NBCSN, 6:00 p.m. ET taped one-hour show, Tuesday, July 31.
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TICKETS: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers an exceptional family value. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE all weekend (general admission and paddock areas not grandstands) when accompanied by a ticketed adult, plus free parking is available. General admission is $75 for the weekend, $55 on Sunday and $40 on Friday and Saturday. Grandstand seating is $85 for the weekend and $65 on Sunday. ($5 additional for tickets purchased at the gate.) Paddock passes are available for $40. Tent and motor home camping is available on site, but are subject to sell out. To order tickets in advance, visit midohio.com or by phone at 419-884-4000.
ABOUT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE: A comprehensive motorsports facility in Lexington, Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: a 2.4-mile, 15-turn, and a 2.25-mile, 13-turn circuit. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the track has been called “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. Opened in 1962, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions.
HONDA: American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has been the title sponsor of the event since Indy car racing returned to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in 2007. The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is the largest gathering of Honda associates for a special event. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is located within close proximity to 15,000 Honda associates who build over 680,000 vehicles, 1 million transmissions, and 1.18 million engines in the state working at Honda of America Mfg., Inc.’s flagship Marysville, Ohio, automotive plant and seven other key areas of operations – the largest percentage in any state of Honda’s total work force.
CAMPING WITH HONDA: Honda Racing will host “Pirates of Mid-Ohio” in the Mid-Ohio camping area on Saturday, July 28, benefiting Teen Cancer America. Visit midohio.com or search #campingwithhonda on Twitter for more information about this annual fan activity with a live band, bon fire and s’mores.