Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio

Racers compete during the 2017 Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

LEXINGTON — Normally the drivers command the spotlight during spectator weekends at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

During the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, the cars are the stars.

Volvo will be the featured marque when the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association returns to the venerable road course for this weekend’s 36th Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio. It is the longest continuously running event on Mid-Ohio’s schedule.

“We had such a great start to the 2018 race season in early May (with the return of IMSA) and the Vintage Grand Prix will certainly help us keep the momentum going,” track president Craig Rust said. “This event brings so much automotive history together on and off the track making it a unique experience for the fans.”

Action heats up with a full day of practice Friday. The green flag will fly for the first time Saturday and racing continues through Sunday.

In addition to the on-track activities, there is plenty for fans to take in off the course. A pair of car shows, Saturday’s British Car Showdown and Sunday’s Concours d’Elegance, promise to keep motor sports aficionados entertained throughout the weekend.

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“Access to the garage area is free all weekend long allowing an up close view and interaction with the cars and drivers,” Rust said. “If you are an automotive enthusiast, this is a must attend event.”

The Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio is the eighth of 13 events on the SVRA schedule. Tickets are $30 for the day or $40 for the entire weekend and can be purchased at midohio. com.

I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@richlandsource.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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