Mid-Ohio Challenge more accessible to fans this year

The NASCAR Xfinity Series returns to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this Friday for two days of action-packed, family-friendly fun on and off the track. The August 11-12 Mid-Ohio Challenge event serves as the 2017 season finale at the Morrow County legendary road course.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has teamed up with NASCAR Acceleration Nation to enhance the Mid-Ohio Challenge experience for kids. In addition to children 12 and under given free admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult, kids can sign up for the chance at interactive opportunities like autograph sessions, high five lines during driver meetings and pre-race ceremonies, on-stage speaking opportunities, garage tours, Kids vs. Driver challenges and photo opportunities. All these activities are in partnership with #KidsDriveNASCAR. Kids can still be signed up for a chance to participate in one of these opportunities at bit.ly/kidsdriveNASCAR, and follow the event on social media throughout the weekend for more activities to be added.

Further enhancing the accessibility to fans this weekend, 2017 Mid-Ohio VIP Race Pass holders will get unprecedented access to the NASCAR Xfinity Series garage area on Saturday morning. Until now, access to this area has been closed. These season passholders are asked to wear closed-toe shoes to enter the garage area. The Trans Am and F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda paddocks remain open to all race fans.

Autograph sessions with all three series racing on track this weekend will be available. On Friday, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Trans Am Championship will host an “open house” style autograph session where fans can move about the paddock and meet the drivers. Fans should stop by the Trans Am Central tent to pick up a poster for signing. Then from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda drivers will be lined up in their paddock ready to sign autographs. On Saturday morning, some of the rising stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for an autograph session at the tent located on the bluff west of the garages. Fans are encouraged to line up early on Saturday to avoid missing out.

Tickets are on sale now for the Mid-Ohio Challenge. A Weekend General Admission ticket is available for $55, and for just $5 more, a Weekend Grandstand seat is $60. Tickets purchased at the gate are an additional $5. Children 12 and under always receive free general admission at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. To purchase tickets in advance, visit midohio.com or call 419-884-4000. Follow the event on Twitter and Instagram with #MOChallenge.

Information received from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Information received from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.