LEXINGTON, OHIO (August 16, 2013) – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will host its first ever NASCAR Nationwide Series race on August 17. The event, called the Nationwide Children's 200 at Mid-Ohio, will be the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Ohio. General Admission tickets are still available at the gate starting at $50. Children 12 and under get in free.
The title sponsor of the event, Nationwide, and Nationwide Children's Hospital have collaborated with current NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers to honor patient champions that have been treated at the hospital. Thirteen cars, including those of Austin Dillon, Travis Pastrana and Sam Hornish Jr, have donated over $650,000 of car real estate to honor these patient champions. Several of the patient champions will escort the drivers they're paired with across the stage during pre-race festivities.
"We are thrilled that these drivers gave up so much for the patient champions," said Craig Rust, Mid-Ohio president. "The patient champions are the true heroes and it means a lot for them to be honored on the cars."
The Grand Marshal of the event will be patient champion Grant Reed, who made national headlines after naming his cancer ‘Michigan' and then beating it. Along with Grant, the honorary starter of the race is the CEO of Nationwide Children's Hospital Dr. Steve Allen, who will wave the green flag.
Three drivers will be pulling double duty as Austin Dillon, Marcos Ambrose and Trevor Bayne. will be making the trip north to Michigan International Speedway following the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio.
Not only will there be a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on track on Saturday, but plenty of other exciting events throughout the weekend. The Trans Am Series hosts a race at noon on Saturday. Off the track is no different with a fireworks show Friday night and Trans Am autograph session Saturday morning.
A comprehensive motorsports facility, 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. The park-like, 330-acre complex is located in Lexington, Ohio, near Mansfield, 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland. The track has been called the most competitive course in the U.S. and annually hosts a diverse lineup of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course opened in 1962 and is owned and operated by Green Savoree Mid-Ohio, LLC.