The pinnacle event of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course’s 62nd season of racing, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, returns June 30-July 2. The 2023 Accord Hybrid will serve as the presenting sponsor of this year’s event, a designation reflected in the updated event logo released today.
Ohio’s largest annual motorsports event, The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the 2023 Accord Hybrid, features the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and returns on its traditional Fourth of July weekend date for the 40th running of the open-wheel event. Amongst the current events on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule, only the Indianapolis 500 has run more races.
“Honda has proudly served as title sponsor of The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio since it returned to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule in 2007,” said Chuck Schifsky, manager, motorsports for American Honda. “Our associates at the more than a dozen nearby Honda facilities are some of Mid-Ohio’s most loyal and enthusiastic supporters, and we’re expecting more than 10,000 of them will attend The Honda Indy 200 Presented by the 2023 Accord Hybrid.”
Now in its 11th generation, the Honda Accord is made in America and manufactured locally at Honda’s Marysville Automotive Plant in Ohio where it has been exclusively since 1982. The 204-horsepower 2023 Accord Hybrid delivers a 46 city / 41 highway mpg rating. The hybrid’s trim level offers premium technology with a new motion management system to handle corners with ease.
American Honda has a long history of involvement in central Ohio and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Honda was the first Japanese company to establish auto manufacturing operations in the United States, opening Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio, in 1982. The company has had an Official Vehicle relationship with Mid-Ohio since 1994.
“The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio is the most-anticipated weekend on our annual calendar, and we are truly grateful for Honda’s continued support over so many years which has made it possible to bring this event to our fans year in and year out,” said Craig Rust, president of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. “We’re proud to showcase the 2023 Accord Hybrid as it is produced right here in Ohio, as well as host the thousands of Honda associates and dealers who join us every year.”
Today, Honda operates multiple manufacturing facilities and a major Research & Development center in Ohio. Combined, they employ more than 13,000 associates and have the capacity to produce more than 650,000 vehicles and 1.18 million engines annually.
In all, Honda drivers have won 11 of the 17 INDYCAR SERIES races since the series returned to Mid-Ohio under the Honda Indy 200 banner in 2007; including a 1-2-3 podium sweep in 2019 as Dixon scored his sixth Mid-Ohio win. Dixon’s consistency of winning at the track has led to his nickname “Mr. Mid-Ohio.”