Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course hosts Chamber event
By Alberta Stojkovic -
Morrow County Chamber of Commerce members enjoyed a relaxed evening at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Steam Corners last Thursday evening. Ten lucky drawing winners got to ride around the track in one of the track’s fleet of 60 Hondas. The Morrow Chamber shared the event with the Mansfield Chamber and networked on the Mid-Ohio Patio with a picnic supper.
Mid-Ohio President, Craig Rust introduced Tom Yeager of Marion who will be the Grand Marshall in the Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio to be held the weekend of June 22–24. Yeager talked about the history of the Mid-Ohio Course, which will be in its 51st season of racing this summer.
This is the 30th year for the Mid-Ohio to host the Sports Car Vintage Racing Association. Yeager encouraged the Chamber audience to come to the track to see the showcase of historic race cars from every era.
Marketing and Communications Director, Jesse Ghiorzi, named several Mid-Ohio promotions to bring race fans to the Mid-Ohio track this summer. He said kids 12 and under are admitted free and there is free parking. Season tickets are available that include major events and events every other weekend. Although there are plenty of vendors on the grounds with food, families can also bring their own coolers and picnic.
A highlight of the Chamber event was watching the 10 drawing winners take a turn riding around the track with driver Max Gee. Gina Flannery said she watched the speedometer and saw it go over 100 miles an hour on the straight-away of the 2 and ½ mile track.
“That was the most fun I had in my life,” exclaimed Kayla Davies as she climbed out of the Acura TSX pacer.
“Really awesome,” commented Cardington eighth grader, Austin Yake as he finished his ride.