The race celebrated the Mini Cooper as its featured marque, honoring the diminutive automobile’s indelible legacy on and off the track, in addition to ten SVRA group races and Formula B, S2000 and Formula 5000.
Overall winner of the Sunday Formula 5000 race and placing in first place in Class B (post-1971 cars) was Jim Stengel in a 1973 McRae GM1. Winner in Class A (pre-1972 cars) was Paul Dudiak driving a 1969 McKee Mk12c.
Second place in Class A went to Seb Coppola driving a 1970 Lola T192, while Barry Blackmore finished second in Class B. Special mention goes to Rick Parsons who finished third overall in the F5000 group race and third in Class A in his first outing in the recently restored ex-Brian Redman 1976 Championship Lola T332.
Fans and drivers greatly enjoyed the sounds, sights and beauty of the powerful F5000 race cars both on track and in the paddock.
The Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix had something for everyone with Corvettes, Datsuns, Porsches, Camaros, Ferraris and Alfa Romeos among the makes taking their turn on the track. Ohio native and 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal participated in the weekend races as well.
For complete results, visit SVRA Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix Results.
[Source: Mid-Ohio; F5000 Drivers Assoc.; photo credit, Steve Johnson]