A Brief History of the Track itself.

The track was opened in 1962 by Les Griebling and several Mansfield-area businessmen as a location for weekend sports car racing. The track originally had 16 turns, with a left turn in what is today known as "thunder valley," but the turn was straightened after just one year of operation. The track hosted Can-am and F5000 through the 1970s and in 1980, it would host its first CART race with Johnny Rutherford taking victory with Chaparral.

In 1982 Mid-Ohio was purchased by Jim Trueman, a renowned road racer and the founder of Red Roof Inns. Trueman added permanent grandstands, amphitheater-style seating, garages with spectator balconies, a five-story media and hospitality center, tunnels and an updated paddock area. In addition, a tall, three-sided scoreboard tower was constructed in the infield, strategically placed such that it was visible from nearly all spectator areas around the track. Trueman's daughter, Michelle Trueman Gajoch, was named the president in 1989 and saw day-to-day operations of the circuit.

In 1990 the track underwent a refurbishment. A new retaining wall was built, the entire track was resurfaced, widened, and concrete was paved in the apexes of the turns to prevent asphalt deterioration. In addition, a straightaway was paved through the chicane, allowing for two different track layouts, the original 2.4-mile (3.9 km) circuit and a new 13-turn, 2.258 mile (3.634 km) circuit.

In 2006 the track again underwent extensive renovation. The track and pit lane were completely resurfaced and connectors were added to the track's famed Keyhole section to allow for three separate road course configurations. Also completed was the removal of concrete patches from the track, the relocation of the wall and guardrail at Turn 1, the expansion of gravel traps at the exits of Turn 1 and the keyhole, the replacement of all remaining old-style catch fencing and the standardization of curbing throughout the circuit. These changes have resulted in a faster, safer, more competitive and attractive facility for drivers, riders and race fans.

The sports car course operates from April through to November each year. During this time the facility is host to a number of nationally sanctioned race weekends, all of which are open to the public. Mid-Ohio has hosted "closed course" events for kart racing events since the late 1960s sanctioned by I.K.F. & W.K.A. and run by the Dart kart Club, with up to 400 entries participating. Karts use the full track with the chicane. Additionally, on-site motor home and tent camping spaces are available.

On March 2, 2011 it was announced that the track had been purchased from Truesports by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which also promotes other IndyCar races, ending Truesports' 29 years of ownership. On November 13, 2012, NASCAR announced that the track would hold the Mid-Ohio Challenge in the 2013 season.


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Located in Lexington, Ohio, off of interstate 71, 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 (also called County Road 37), 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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