LEXINGTON -- The stars of the NTT IndyCar Series will gather the majority of the attention this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
But there will be a wide variety of open- and closed-wheel racing on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course outside of Lexington as the track welcomes IndyCars for the 35th time.
The weekend schedule will see the debut of Robby’s Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Trucks taking on the asphalt and air of Mid-Ohio for the first time.
Three series from the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires, the open-wheel development ladder, provide doubleheader races for Indy Lights, Indy Pro 2000, and 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 11 total races.
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 is located within close proximity to 15,000 Honda associates who build over 680,000 vehicles, one million transmissions, and 1.18 million engines in the state working at Honda of America Mfg., Inc.’s flagship Marysville, automotive plant and seven other key areas of operations – the largest percentage in any state of Honda’s total work force.
The NTT 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 courses.
A new aerodynamic body kit was introduced to the series in 2018 at the St. Petersburg opener providing a sleeker, more aggressive-looking Indy car.
Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires is the top step of the Road to Indy ladder system for drivers and teams striving to compete in the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.
Almost two dozen of the 33 starters in the 2018 Indianapolis 500 were Indy Lights graduates, including 11 series champions. The Indy Lights champion receives a three-race IndyCar Series scholarship package valued at $1.1 million, which includes the Indy 500.
The Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires is the second step on the Road to Indy, bridging the gap between the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires.
The series' champion is awarded a scholarship package worth $596,700 to advance to Indy Lights competition the following year. Graduates include Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe and Graham Rahal.
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship is the first step on the Road to Indy. In addition to providing a vital training ground for rising stars just out of the karting ranks, the series champion will earn a $305,600 scholarship package to advance to the Indy Pro 2000 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.
Robby Gordon’s Stadium SUPER Trucks come to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for its debut appearance. These high-flying trucks will race across jumps, power down the straightaways and slide through the turns.
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 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.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers an exceptional family value. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE all weekend (general admission and paddock areas, not the 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. Additional $5 for all tickets purchased at the gate. Paddock passes are available for $40. Tent and motor home camping is available on site, but is subject to sell out.
To order tickets in advance, visit midohio.com or by phone at 419-884-4000.