S2000s at the Honda Indy 200

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The S2000 represents Honda’s racing heritage and mimics the pureness of an open wheel race car that can be driven on the street. So, there is no more appropriate place to showcase the timeless design of the S2000 than at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. On August 3, Ohio S2KI and several others with strange accents from surrounding states were given the unique opportunity to roll out onto the track carrying some of the most talented drivers in the world for a pre-race parade lap.

Since 2008, the feature event at the Honda Indy 200 has been opened by a convoy of Indy driver toting, top down, S2000s (for the historians in the crowd, technically 2009, since during the 2008 parade lap a torrential downpour sent drivers scurrying for shelter, and left some owners with saturated interiors). Every year, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has opened the gates to a group of S2KI members, and in a track cluttered with more modern and exotic sports cars, has managed to make the S2000 the star. 2014 would be no different. With exclusive VIP parking on the inside of corner 1 that required the security to keep the NSXs, Porsches and other “unwanted” cars out, a generous ticket package for participants, and the priceless opportunity to usher world class drivers around the track, it was difficult to not feel like a celebrity, even if just for a moment. All of this made for yet another fun filled August weekend full of racing, laughing with friends, and enjoying the simple moments in life with those closest to us. Some members were even given the opportunity to demonstrate how to take a selfie with a celebrity, without actually giving the appearance of taking a selfie.


The racing itself did not disappoint either. Scott Dixon started last and managed to take the win then ran out of gas shortly after taking the checkered flag, right in front of the S2000 corral on corner 1. The main event was nicely supported by some exiting Indy lights action, Pirelli World Challenge, Formula 2000, and Pro Mazda. With all of the excitement, it is no wonder why this event turns out to be the Ohio S2KI event of the year, with 40+ cars of all different colors and builds. Like all good things, the weekend came and went in what seemed like a rev to 9k, but here is to another opportunity to showcase the S2000 at the Indy 200 in 2015!!!


A special thanks goes out to Shay (Never Quit) for kick starting all of this by introducing the Ohio group to Indy Car back in 2008 and to Pete (pgarratt) for working year after year to organize this event and to ensure the S2KI community is represented in the finest manner possible. Finally, to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course who, despite the IRL dropping sponsorship of the parade lap program, has continued the tradition of the S2000 parade lap.


Article Photography by Mocky

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