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What follows is a cut-n-paste from a press release by Mid Ohio's management regarding the resurfacing efforts:

 

COMPLETE TRACK RESURFACING AMONG CONTINUING CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

 

DUBLIN, Ohio (November 28, 2005) – In keeping with its reputation as America’s most competitive road course, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is currently undergoing extensive capital improvements in preparation for its seven-event 2006 season.

 

Among the improvements will be a complete track and pit lane resurfacing, and the creation of a connector in the track’s famed Keyhole section. Also included in the project will be the removal of concrete patches from the track, the relocation of the wall and guardrail at turn one, the expansion of gravel traps at the exits of turn one and the Keyhole, the replacement of all remaining old-style catch-fencing, and the standardization of curbing throughout the circuit.

 

TrueSports, Inc., has made continuous improvements to the renowned 2.4-mile, 15-turn Mid-Ohio circuit over its 44-year history, including recent surface repairs, wall relocations and gravel trap upgrades. In addition to enhancing performance and safety, these newest improvements will give the track three road course configurations, new timing loops, additional capacity and flexibility for its track and driving school operations, a complete amateur motocross venue, and a wider range of events and activities for fans.

 

“Continuous improvement has been a hallmark of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course since its founding,” said Michelle Trueman Gajoch, president of TrueSports, Inc., the owner and operator of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School. “As always, our goal with these improvements is a better, safer environment for our competitors and students, and a more complete and exciting facility for fans. We look forward to unveiling the changes in 2006.”

 

The resurfacing portion of the project already has begun, and will include the milling of the entire road course and pit lane, subgrade and base reinforcement in certain areas, and drainage enhancements. Ohio’s largest privately held general contractor, Fredericktown-based Kokosing Construction, is the project manager. Dublin, Ohio, firm Ronald J. Gajoch & Associates is the architect.

 

“As with most of the design work we’ve overseen at Mid-Ohio, there were a lot of variables to consider,” said Ron Gajoch, principal of Ronald J. Gajoch & Associates. “Maintaining the track’s character, increasing its capabilities, and providing a surface that enhances safety for competitors and spectators alike were all imperative, and we’ve accounted for each with creative solutions.”

 

“It’s a privilege to manage this project for Mid-Ohio,” said Kokosing Vice President Wayne Brassell. “They’ve approached it with a great deal of diligence and a long-term view, and that’s the same way we look at our projects. We’re looking forward to working together and creating a track surface that’s second to none.”

 

Columbus-based Resource International is creating the asphalt mix for the track with help from Kokosing Materials’ asphalt design division.

 

“A race track is a unique roadway, and the demands that modern racing machines place on it require a unique asphalt mix,” said Kokosing Materials President Bob Bailey. “We’ll be doing a great deal of testing as we proceed to ensure that the Mid-Ohio track is not only fast, but also safe, consistent and easy to maintain.”

 

Among the other off-season improvements taking place at Mid-Ohio is the completion of an on-site motocross facility. The existing motocross venue will receive a number of upgrades in order to host American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and manufacturer events.

 

The projects are slated to be completed in advance of the track’s first spectator event of 2006, the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio (May 19-21). Other events on next year’s calendar include the EMCO Gears Classic, featuring the Rolex Sports Car Series, and Unlimited Audio Accessories Triple Crown Tuner Challenge (June 23-25), AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (July 28-30), Honda Super Cycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire (Aug. 4-6), Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (Aug. 18-20), National Auto Sport Association Championships (Sept. 15-17), and AMA Superbike Shootout (Sept. 29-Oct. 1).

 

Season passes and individual event tickets are available now by calling 1-800-MID-OHIO or logging on to http://www.midohio.com. Enrollment for more than 100 class days in 14 courses at The Mid-Ohio School also is open, and available by visiting http://www.midohio.com/school or calling 1-877-973-8667.

 

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a 2.4-mile, 15-turn permanent road racing circuit in Lexington, Ohio. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the track has been called 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 riders and drivers.

 

Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, TrueSports, Inc., is a privately held motorsports entertainment enterprise. The company owns and operates Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School, and promotes a wide variety of motor racing, driver instruction, corporate, and family entertainment events throughout the year.

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Micks 41
and the creation of a connector in the track’s famed Keyhole section

??? Connect to what?

 

It'll be interesting see what the new surface will be like especially without the concrete.

 

Please bank turn 11, Please bank turn 11, Please bank turn 11...

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JCBCPA
Also included in the project will be the removal of concrete patches from the track,

 

Eliminated the difference in the wet and dry line. With the changes with walls and fencing, have to relearn the track as I am sure some of my reference points will have to be changed.

 

Should make it a better track after some rubber get on it, most like by the Nationals. April will be interesting again!

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John Graber

I think this is a positive thing longterm. Unfortunately for me, I went through the Mid Ohio School last Summer and spent a significant amount of time walking and driving the track and learning all the intricate aspects. I guess I'll have to go back this year. It's nice with the Nationals schedule they'll have two days of school scheduling for just this purpose.

 

John

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FastSaleen

From what I understand, the 'connector' is going to be just after the exit of turn 1 over to the back straight, exiting just before the current flagging station 'Station 5'. It seems that this will do 2 things. One, create a different 1.7-1.8 mile road course and two, create a tight 5/8ish mile oval in the keyhole. Just going on what I've heard here, but I can for sure believe the shorter road course variation.

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Pure Energy

Should make it a better track after some rubber get on it, most like by the Nationals. April will be interesting again!

 

I'm more than happy to help put that rubber on it!! It should be pretty interesting to relearn the track.

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Black Horse

Wow - I wonder if the new surface will affect the "Snow Line"?

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Micks 41

Don't even mention that!!!!

Just keep repeating; "It will never happen again!"

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JCBCPA
Wow - I wonder if the new surface will affect the "Snow Line"?

 

Ha Ha! Good Times!

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