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Mid-Ohio joins Nationwide schedule in 2013

November 14, 2012, Official Release,

Full schedule announced; Racing returns to entitlement sponsor's home state

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR announced the 2013 schedule for the Nationwide Series on Tuesday, a lineup that includes a trip to Mid-Ohio 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 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 Camping World Truck Series event at Mansfield Motorsports Park. GRAND-AM Road Racing has raced at Mid-Ohio since 2000, with a one-year hiatus in 2002.

The balance of the 2013 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 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.

2013 Schedule

March 2PhoenixJuly 27Indianapolis
March 9Las VegasAug. 3Iowa
March 16BristolAug. 10Watkins Glen
March 23Auto ClubAug. 17Mid-Ohio
April 12TexasAug. 23Bristol
April 26RichmondAug. 31Atlanta
May 4TalladegaSept. 6Richmond
May 10DarlingtonSept. 14Chicagoland
May 25CharlotteSept. 21Kentucky
June 1DoverSept. 28Dover
June 8IowaOct. 5Kansas
June 15MichiganOct. 11Charlotte
June 22Road AmericaNov. 2Texas
June 28KentuckyNov. 9Phoenix
July 5DaytonaNov. 16Homestead
July 13New Hampshire

Kentucky's first Nationwide Series race on June 28, one of 27 companion weekends with the 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.