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January 3, 2013

Nationwide Series adds Ohio road course

Addition of road racing favorite brings Nationwide to new fanbase

NASCAR Nationwide Series drivers will have a new track to conquer in 2013.

The series announced a return to the state of Ohio with a scheduled race at the Mid-Ohio road course in August.

Ohio is also the home state of series sponsor Nationwide.

This is the sixth time in nine years the series has added a new venue.

“This gives us the opportunity to bring the series’ signature side-by-side racing to a new fan base,” said Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations.

The inaugural race at Mid-Ohio will be the third road course race of the year for Nationwide drivers, joining Road America and Watkins Glen.

The 2013 schedule features 33 races and begins in Daytona on February 23.

The series returns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July in what NASCAR is calling a “Super Weekend” that includes Sprint Cup and GRAND-AM series races.

Six weekends will be stand-alone events, separate from the Sprint Cup series.

The series ends in Homestead in November.