Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course: Great Fun For The Whole Family

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with an NTT IndyCar flashing by.

One Tank—No— One Quarter Of A Tank— Trip To A Gem Of Ohio
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Ohio is blessed with many ranging from The National Soap Box Derby track, to Sandusky Speedway and their infamous Chili Bowl, to Summit Motorsports Park home to NHRA, and Night of Fire, to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course that has hosted everything from local motorsports classes to LeMans cars and Indy cars. All are within a quarter tank of gas, or about one hour or less from Lakewood.

This past weekend I took the 57 minute trip to Mid-Ohio—a track I have been going to since the late 60s, watching the over-the-top one thousand horsepower CanAm cars, to 6 hour races for LeMans style cars. I first became aware of Mid-Ohio when track owner Les Griebling walked into Lakewood’s Lossman Motors and tried to sell Bob Lossman a share in the track. Ohioan Jim Truman, who started Red Roof Inns, bought the track and started the improvements,  all for the spectators, and free once inside the track. Jim was better known for running Bobby Rahal in Can-Am and IndyCar. Recently the track was bought by another IndyCar team owner, Kim Green former co-owner of Andretti-Green Racing.

This weekend it was the NTT IndyCar race, and I went down Friday through Sunday to reacquaint myself with the track. It has only gotten better. The absolute best value in racing is always on Friday, and that is true at Mid-Ohio. On Friday you have the 2.258 mile 13 turn track to yourself. No crowds, no lines, no pressure. By Sunday, the place is packed, but that is because the racing is that good.

Mid-Ohio is one of the most family oriented tracks in America, and one of the most beautiful. Tons for kids and families to do together, and many excellent free viewing hills where spectators can spread their blankets, pull out their picnic lunches and enjoy the day. So even with a half tank of gas, and the cost to get in it becomes an affordable day or weekend with the family or friends. You can spend hundreds of dollars with seats, hospitality, paddock passes, golf carts, and more. Or tens of dollars— bring your lunch and beverages and relax. All kids love race cars, and the paddock is a perfect place for both boys and girls, as motorsports has plenty of both, working, driving, and enjoying it all.

This coming weekend they are hosting NASCAR Trucks, and on July 22nd, Vintage Motorcycle Racing.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Steam Corner Road, Lexington Ohio. (419) 884-4000

Jim O'Bryan

Publisher, Lakewood Observer, Inc.

Volume 18, Issue 14, Posted 11:04 PM, 07.05.2022