Are you sitting on the fence about attending the races at Mid-Ohio this weekend? Maybe you are one of those people that have said Mid-Ohio is boring, it’s a course designed for motorcycle’s and it’s too tight for race cars, blah, blah, blah… I attended Mid-Ohio for the first time last year and had an absolute blast! I will be there again this year and here are some reasons you should attend.
1. The Pirelli World Championship is there to add more racing action throughout the day. The PWC has 6 classes which will be split up between the GT/GTA/GTS and have two races over the weekend along with the TC/TCA/TCB also racing twice. The TCA class has the closest championship battle with second place Shea Holbrook only 9 points out of first. Shea has won four races this season while Wolfe has won three. I might be biased but I look forward to watching Shea take over the points lead. You’ll be able to meet her at Mid-Ohio as she is usually out in front of the True Car hauler talking to fans about her car, driving and sponsors.
2. The entire Mazda Road to Indy will be racing at Mid-Ohio this weekend. In the USF2000 Series, only 22 points separates the top 3. This Series has three races so it’s an opportunity for one of the top three drivers to either put some distance on their closest competitors or to find themselves as the odd man out. Pro Mazda is a two man race between Scott Hargrove and Spencer Pigot with Pigot leading the championship by 17 points. Qualifying will be very important in this one and with two races scheduled it means double the points. In Indy Lights Gabby Chaves is just 21 points in front of Zach Veach. Anything can happen in two races so it will be important for either one if they want to win the title.
3. The on track action is non-stop all weekend long. On track activity starts about 8:00am each day and doesn’t end until 6:00pm. There are no dead spots or a break in the action between each series practicing, qualifying and racing. As a fan you definitely get your monies worth this weekend.
4. One thing that sets Mid-Ohio apart from other tracks is the accessibility of the drivers. There is very little room to move around from the pits to the garage area. If fans have a pit/garage pass you are guaranteed to run into any and all drivers. Most of the Mazda Road to Indy and PWC drivers are out in front of their hauler/garage area to interact with fans. The IndyCar Series is the only series to have an actual garage to work on their cars but it’s really a barn. There is no private section where the driver can hide and to be honest, the IndyCar drivers enjoy accommodating fans anyway.
5. The viewing mounds at Mid-Ohio are some of the best out there. You don’t need bleacher tickets to see the action. I would buy a general admission ticket, bring my camping chair and enjoy. I would suggest on Friday and Saturday to walk around the facility and try different viewing mounds to see which one you prefer. Then on Sunday, get there early to make sure you get your prized viewing spot.
If these reasons don’t convince you to come to Mid-Ohio, I don’t know what will. If you will be there, tweet me as I’d enjoy meeting you in person. See you there.