The International Motorsports Association (IMSA) series has confirmed that Mid Ohio sports course will return to the schedule from 2018.
The historic venue last hosted an IMSA event when under GRAND-AM in 2013, an event that was won by Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi. The current IMSA series, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will be racing at the track for the first time while the Continental SportsCar Challenge series will return to the circuit for the first time since 2013. The news was revealed at a press conference this morning with IMSA president Scott Atherton and Mid-Ohio President Craig Rust.
“Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has a long and storied history of hosting world-class sports car races in front of a loyal and knowledgeable fanbase,” said Atherton. “We will build on that legacy next May with a field of Prototype and GT race cars that represent the pinnacle of the sport. Many of our stakeholders have long been supportive and quite vocal regarding a return to Mid-Ohio and we are pleased that we can finally say ‘We’re back.’”
The American Le Mans series also raced at the historic 2.258mile road circuit back in 2012 and the track has hosted a total of 13 GRAND-AM races and 11 ALMS events at Mid-Ohio. GRAND-AM and the ALMS merged following the 2013 season to form the WeatherTech Championship, which began operation in 2014 and is flourishing with the news of Penske joining the series from next year as well recently.
The Mid Ohio track is a popular circuit in America with fans, drivers and teams and also has a lot of histroy attached to it as well. Originally opened in 1962 the track has hosted multipled different series over the years including currently hosting Indy Cars and NASCAR’s Infinity Series, second tier to the Monster Energy Cup series.
Within the announcement of returning to Mid Ohio came the news that the series would not be returing to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas from 2018. Both IMSA and COTA mutually agreed the decision and are open to working again in the future. The full 2018 schedule for the IMSA is expected to be announced at next weekends event at Road America.