IMSA Returns To Mid-Ohio In May, Gets New Sponsor

The top level of sports car racing has been absent from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since 2013. As a matter of fact, the Rolex Grand-Am Series was the last to race at the 2.258 permanent road course in Lexington, OH.

That all changes next month on May 4-6 as the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship returns to Ohio.

In fact, the return to Mid-Ohio is a popular one for drivers. All things considered, the tight quarter racing and short sprint race is fun for drivers. Plus it makes for an exciting afternoon for the fans.

With the return and the excitement level for this event, Mid-Ohio announced a new presenting sponsor. The track announced this morning round number four of the the sports car season will be sponsored by Acura.

The highlight of the weekend will be the Acura Sports Car Challenge on May 6th. To say the least, this is a partnership that the series, track, and Acura are proud of, as Acura makes its return to Mid-Ohio along with IMSA.
“This feels very much like a homecoming for the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager. “Our sponsorship of American Le Mans Series racing at Mid-Ohio goes back a decade, and our corporate relationship with the race track spans a full quarter century.
Renewal of a long time partnership
Acura sponsored the sports car events from 2007 to ’09 when the former American Le Mans Series raced at Mid-Ohio.
“We’re thrilled to have Acura back as we relaunch a dedicated weekend of world-class professional sports car racing. Our fans have eagerly awaited the addition of IMSA to our schedule,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “Having Acura on board makes it an extra special opening race weekend. The Acura NSX is proudly made in Ohio. Fans will get to see it compete on track during the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio.”
Don’t miss any of the racing with the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA. Closing out the weekend will be the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio.
A Weekend General Admission ticket is $75 while a Weekend Grandstand seat is $85. Tickets purchased at the gate are an additional $5.
Make a memory, meet the drivers, and get up close to the cars with a paddock pass for free. Children 12 and under always receive free general admission at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course when accompanied by a ticketed adult. 
Stephen Conley

If it races, I'll write about it, talk about it or shoot it with a camera.

I began pursuing a career in motorsports journalism immediately after attending college at Kent State University. I have hosted multiple Motorsports talk shows, worked in Country Music radio, and now i spend every day on the air in the morning with 1300 and 100.9 WMVO and in the afternoons watching the roadways around Central Ohio for 93.7 WQIO.

The excitement and the fans make everything I put out there worth while, it's been an exciting 15 years having covered everything from the Daytona 500 to the Rolex 24 and you can find me at pretty much any event run at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

What I like to bring is a look behind the scenes, a look at what and who makes the sport grow. From the guy that welds pieces back at the shop to the host in the tv booth.

Everyone has a story and I like to tell it. My main focus here at TPF is looking at the men and women behind the microphone and cameras.

My life long goal is to become a member of MRN or PRN Radio and bring the races to you. I hope that what I share now is enjoyable and gives you a unique look in to the world of motorsports.

See you at a track soon

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