For the first time, Ohio will host a NASCAR Nationwide Series event.
Starting in 2013, the Nationwide Series will stop at Lexington's Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The race, the Nationwide Children's Hospital 200, will be held August 16-17, 2013 at the race track.
The race, which is the third road race on the circuit, will be at Mid-Ohio for the next three years.
"The NASCAR Nationwide Series coming to Mid-Ohio is a major addition for the track, our region and the state of Ohio. We've always been dedicated to putting a dynamic schedule together each year for our fans and being able to work with NASCAR on securing a Nationwide event truly gives us one of the most powerful schedules in road racing," said Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course President Craig Rust.
"We're thrilled to partner with Mid-Ohio to introduce NASCAR fans to the important work of Nationwide Children's through season long NASCAR marketing programs," said Matt Jauchius, chief marketing officer for Nationwide Insurance. "In the past six years Nationwide Insurance's sports sponsorships have helped generate more than $7.5 million for Nationwide Children's and we're ecstatic about doing more good work."