Nationwide

2013 Nationwide Schedule Set, Adds Mid-Ohio

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, none for hosting the IZOD IndyCar Series and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, will host the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2013. (Grand-Am Photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR today announced the 2013 schedule for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, a lineup that includes a trip to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time in series history.

Mid-Ohio, a 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course in Lexington, marks the return of NASCAR national series racing to Ohio, the home state of the series’ Columbus-based entitlement sponsor, Nationwide Insurance. Mid-Ohio’s Aug. 17 addition fortifies the series’ trio of challenging road courses, joining Road America (June 22) and Watkins Glen (Aug. 10).

“With Mid-Ohio on the schedule, the NASCAR Nationwide Series has another opportunity to lead the way at a new venue,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, of the sixth time in nine years the series will run an inaugural race. “This gives us the opportunity to bring the series’ signature side-by-side racing to a new fan base, and build enthusiasm among race fans that have yet to experience the unparalleled experience of attending a NASCAR event.

“This is a competitive and well-balanced schedule that challenges our drivers and teams with a variety of different tracks and distances. It’s a schedule that the fans will enjoy.”

NASCAR national series racing last competed in Ohio in 2008, with the running of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Mansfield Motorsports Park. GRAND-AM Road Racing has raced at Mid-Ohio since 2000.

The balance of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide schedule, the series’ 32nd season, maintains a familiar feel, with a strong mix of short tracks, road courses, intermediate race tracks and superspeedways.

Daytona International Speedway hosts the season opener on Feb. 23. That race also will feature the introduction of Chevrolet’s Camaro into the series. The series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway is set for Nov. 16.

On July 27, the series will race at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year as part of “Super Weekend at The Brickyard” with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Grand-Am.

Next season’s schedule includes six “standalone” race dates: Iowa Speedway (June 8 and Aug. 3), Chicagoland Speedway (July 21), Kentucky Speedway (Sept. 21), Road America and Mid-Ohio.

Kentucky’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series race on June 28, one of 27 companion weekends with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series,also will be the qualifying event for the 2013 “Dash 4 Cash” bonus program. The subsequent four races make up the 2013 “Dash 4 Cash” events: Daytona on July 5; New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13; Chicagoland and the Brickyard.

2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series Schedule

Date – Track – Location

Feb. 23 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.

March 2 – Phoenix Int’l Raceway – Avondale, Ariz.

March 9 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Las Vegas, Nev.

March 16 – Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn.

March 23 – Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, Calif.

April 12 – Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, Texas

April 26 – Richmond Int’l Raceway – Richmond, Va.

May 4 – Talladega Superspeedway – Talladega, Ala.

May 10 – Darlington Raceway – Darlington, S.C.

May 25 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, N.C.

June 1 – Dover Int’l Speedway – Dover, Del.

June 8 – Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa

June 15 – Michigan Int’l Speedway – Brooklyn, Mich.

June 22 – Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wis.

June 28 – Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.

July 5 – Daytona Int’l Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.

July 13 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon, N.H.

July 21 – Chicagoland Speedway – Joliet, Ill.

July 27 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, Ind.

Aug. 3 – Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa

Aug. 10 – Watkins Glen Int’l – Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Aug. 17 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, Ohio

Aug. 23 – Bristol Motor Speedway – Bristol, Tenn.

Aug. 31 – Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, Ga.

Sept. 6 – Richmond Int’l Raceway – Richmond, Va.

Sept. 14 – Chicagoland Speedway – Joliet, Ill.

Sept. 21 – Kentucky Speedway – Sparta, Ky.

Sept. 28 – Dover Int’l Speedway – Dover, Del.

Oct. 5 – Kansas Speedway – Kansas City, Kan.

Oct. 11 – Charlotte Motor Speedway – Concord, N.C.

Nov. 2 – Texas Motor Speedway – Fort Worth, Texas

Nov. 9 – Phoenix Int’l Raceway – Avondale, Ariz.

Nov. 16 – Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, Fla.

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