LEXINGTON OHIO — Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is hosting the 36th Annual Vintage Grand Prix sanctioned by the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association. This year Volvo is the featured marque race, while competitions in Historic GT/GTP Endurance, Vintage/Classic Endurance, the Mazda Miata Heritage Cup and the International GT group will be occurring throughout the weekend. Other races will also be taking place in multiple different classes of vintage and classic vehicles. In total, 22 feature races will be set to take place during this weekend filled with nostalgic racing action.
The SVRA Vintage Grand Prix will be held on June 22-24, 2018 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, which is a track with 2.4-mile, 15-turn natural terrain road course (five left and ten right turns running clockwise), owned by Kim Green and Kevin Savoree of Green Savoree Racing Promotions.
The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA), founded in 1978, is the only national vintage racing organization in the United States of America and sponsors races in 12 different racing classes with vehicles ranging from small displacement production cars to vintage prototype vehicles. The SVRA provides various types of racing while emphasizing the importance of keeping vintage racing safe, fair and fun.
British Car Showdown – Saturday, June 23
Open to all British marques
Concours d’Elegance – Sunday, June 24
Open to classic and sports cars
Registration for both shows is in the infield of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and ends at 11 a.m. each day. Those who register will get a parade lap around the track during the lunch break.
Vintage/Classic Endurance Race:
60 minute timed race including 1 pit stop.
Sunday, June 24, 8-9 a.m.
Historic GT/GTP Endurance Race:
90 minute timed race including 2 pit stops.
Sunday, June 24, 1:15-2:45 p.m.
Featured Marque: Volvo
2 races, Saturday: 2:55 p.m. and Sunday: 3:00 p.m.
Mazda Miata Heritage Cup:
2 races, Saturday: 3:20 p.m. and Sunday: 9:45 a.m.
International GT Feature Races:
2 races, Saturday: 11:20 a.m. and Saturday: 5:00 p.m.
7 races, both Saturday and Sunday
SVRA RACE GROUPS
Group 1: Recognized small displacement production sports cars and sedans.
Group 2: Pre-1973 Formula cars conforming to the SVRA classic formula car regulations. Other cars may be accepted by invitation as appropriate.
Group 3: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1972.
Group 4: Limited produced sports cars, racing “specials” and GT cars built or in production prior to 1960. This group represents the “Golden Age” of sports car racing in the United States and Europe. Other appropriate cars by invitation.
Group 5: Small bore World Sports Car Championship and prototypes as raced between 1960 and 1972. All 3 classes of Sports 2000 cars, SRF’s as well as WSR cars.
Group 6: Selected big-bore production sports cars and sedans through 1972.
Group 7: World Championship of Makes sports cars on slicks. Under 2 Liter sports cars as raced after 1972. Can Am cars as raced after 1967. Center-seat Can Am cars, SCCA ASR & BSR.
Group 8: Recognized series-produced sports cars and sedans in production prior to 1979, and later cars by invitation.
Group 9: Wings and slicks formula cars complying with SVRA post-1973 formula car regulations.
Group 10: Select GT sports cars and sedans raced between 1973 and 1999. NASCAR Cup and Busch Series stock cars. Trans-Am and production-based contemporary as raced from 1999 to 5 years from today’s date.
Group 11: GTP/Group C, ALMS, PSCR, WSC, Grand Am prototype cars and SCCA P1 &P2 as raced from 1981 to 5 years from today’s date.
Group 12: Select GT sports cars and sedans raced between 1973 and 5 years prior to today’s date. These are Production-based cars such as Motorola Cup or any other stock / prepared racing series. Early IMSA GTO and GTU small bore cars will be accepted on an individual basis.
LAST VINTAGE GRAND PRIX AT MID-OHIO
Historic GT/GTP Endurance Race Winners:
Peter McLaughlin/Justin Frick- 51 Laps, 1:28.169 Best Time in a 1980 March 822
Vintage/Classic Endurance Race Winner:
Graham Adelman- 33 Laps, 1:37.299 Best Time in a 1962 Lotus 23B
Mazda Miata Heritage Race Winner:
Marc Cefalo- 9 Laps, 1:43.924 Best Time in a 1997 Mazda Miata
International GT Race Winners:
Thomas Pank- 16 Laps, 1:29.271 Best Time in a 2010 Porsche GT3 Cup
Steven Hill – 16 Laps, 1:29.808 Best Time in a 2015 Ferrari 458 Challenge
FOLLOW THE EVENT
Using hashtag: #VintageGP
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offers an exceptional family value. Children 12 and under are admitted free (not the grandstands) when accompanied by a ticketed adult, plus free parking is available. General admission is $40 for the weekend, $30 for individual day passes and $90 for an all-inclusive Hospitality pass ($5 additional for tickets purchased at the gate). Tent and motor home camping is available on site. To order tickets in advance, visit midohio.com or by phone at 419-884-4000.
To view the on track schedule and fan activities, visit www.midohio.com/schedule.
ABOUT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE
A comprehensive motorsports facility in Lexington, Ohio, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course sits on 330 acres and features a permanent road-racing circuit with two primary configurations: 2.4-mile, 15-turn or 2.258-mile, 13-turn layout. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the natural terrain road course is commonly referred to as the “Most Competitive in the U.S.” and annually hosts a diversity of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional drivers and riders. It is also home to The Mid-Ohio School, featuring over 20 driving and riding courses, for teenagers to professional racers using Honda vehicles. Opened in 1962, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, just the facility’s third private ownership group in its history.
For more information, visit midohio.com.