Daytona Beach, FL – NASCAR released its 2013 Nationwide Series schedule on Tuesday, with Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course replacing Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Mid-Ohio, a 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course in Lexington, Ohio, marks the return of a NASCAR national touring series race in the "Buckeye State" since the Truck Series last ran at Mansfield Motorsports Park in May 2008. The title sponsor for NASCAR's second-tier series, Nationwide Insurance, is headquartered in Columbus.
The Aug. 17 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio is one of three road course races in the series next year. Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. is scheduled for June 22, and Watkins Glen, N.Y. is slated for Aug. 10.
Nationwide competed in Montreal each year from 2007-11.
The 33-race schedule will begin on Feb. 23 at Daytona International Speedway. That race will feature the debut of the Chevrolet Camaro in the series. The season will conclude on Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Next year's Nationwide calendar includes six "stand-alone" races: Iowa Speedway (June 8 and Aug. 3), Chicagoland Speedway (July 21), Kentucky Speedway (Sept. 21), Road America and Mid-Ohio.
2013 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES SCHEDULE
Feb. 23 Daytona International Speedway
March 2 Phoenix International Raceway
March 9 Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 16 Bristol Motor Speedway
March 23 Auto Club Speedway
April 12 Texas Motor Speedway
April 26 Richmond International Raceway
May 4 Talladega Superspeedway
May 10 Darlington Raceway
May 25 Charlotte Motor Speedway
June 1 Dover International Speedway
June 8 Iowa Speedway
June 15 Michigan International Speedway
June 22 Road America
June 28 Kentucky Speedway
July 5 Daytona International Speedway
July 13 New Hampshire Motor Speedway
July 21 Chicagoland Speedway
July 27 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug. 3 Iowa Speedway
Aug. 10 Watkins Glen International
Aug. 17 Mid-Ohio
Aug. 23 Bristol Motor Speedway
Aug. 31 Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sept. 6 Richmond International Raceway
Sept. 14 Chicagoland Speedway
Sept. 21 Kentucky Speedway
Sept. 28 Dover International Speedway
Oct. 5 Kansas Speedway
Oct. 11 Charlotte Motor Speedway
Nov. 2 Texas Motor Speedway
Nov. 9 Phoenix International Raceway
Nov. 16 Homestead-Miami Speedway