Where is CARFEST 2017?

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
7721 Steam Corners Rd.
Lexington, OH 44904

When is CARFEST 2017?

Friday Sept. 1 - Sunday Sept. 3, 2017

What is CARFEST?

CARFEST is an automotive enthusiast festival designed to bring together different aspects of automotive events, all packed into a single action-packed weekend! The festival offers very accessible grassroots motorsports activities open to all makes, models and experience levels.

It is designed for fans of racing and other aspects automotive performance to have their chance to participate and not just spectate!

CARFEST is includes road course driving, autocross competition, a car show, on-site dyno days, banquet with guest speaker and live bands and entertainment and much more!

Do I need a specific car?

Nope - bring what you've got! We are open to all makes, models, and experience levels! The purpose of CARFEST is to get YOU involved and participating with YOUR car. Sure you can come and spectate, but why not be a part of the action?! Sign up to drive on track, autocross, put your car on the dyno, or enter the car show.

Your car doesn't need to be fast or new or perfect, and you don't need experience. (Your car does need to be safe though - general maintenance is key!) There are dyno awards for lowest HP, and autocross awards for most with the least; you're guaranteed to feel welcome and have fun!

What's included with general admission?

A General Admission ticket is only good for the day(s) that is was purchased for, unless you purchase the full weekend ticket. Please reference the schedule page to see which events take place on which days. A General Admission ticket entitles you to:

  • Live entertainment Saturday night: DJ, Live Bands, & Electric Afterhours
  • Car Show viewing & voting
  • Chance to ride-along with instructors on Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course!
  • Access to designated viewing areas for the AutoX event
  • Access to designated viewing areas for the Dyno
  • Access to the vendor midway & garage area
  • Access to all prime spectator areas for road course event, including main paddock area & garage balconies

How much are tickets for children/teens?

Kids 12 and under are FREE but must be accompanied by their parent(s) at all times. 13-17 years of age require ticket purchase and must be adult supervised.

What do I get with my driver entry?

If you are driving in the HPDE or Acclimation Program (on-track driving) you are entitled to all festivities, except the banquet, which is a separate charge and registration.

What do I get with my AutoX entry?

Your 3-day general admission ticket is included (see above for what's included with general admission). You are also eligible to win autocross awards.

What are the rules & requirements for AutoX?

See here for all the AutoX rules & requirements.

What do I get with my car show entry?

Car show entry entitles you to participate in the car show and be eligible to win awards. A Saturday only General Admission ticket is INCLUDED with car show entry.

How does the car show work?

See here for details on the car show.

When can I arrive and enter the facility?

PRE-PURCHASED TICKETS: if you have a paper ticket, or pre-purchased online - you may enter at anytime (day or night). For online ticket purchases, your name will be on the gate list.

GATE SALES: if you are purchasing tickets at the gate, this option will ONLY be available from 8:30am - 3:00pm each day. This means you will not be permitted to enter the facility without a previously purchased ticket from 3:00pm - 8:30am.

Please note: from 7:00am until 8:00am, only HPDE & Acclimation Program drivers will be permitted to enter. This is because these drivers need to get in so they can get to tech inspection and mandatory driver meetings. Non-HPDE/Acclimation may be held at the gate during this hour of the day.

Will there be food available?

Food concessions (cash only) will be open at lunchtime for all 3 days. You are encouranced to bring your own food & beverages; you may bring a grill to cook food and camp overnight - this is the best way to experience CARFEST so you don't need to leave the facility! Please note - no alcoholic beverages during hot track hours (8am-5pm).

Is camping permitted?

Yes! Camping is included with ALL tickets. Camping is available for overnight stays at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. RVs and tent campers both are welcome. Shower facilities are available for all campers. RV guests, please note there are no water or electric hookups available at Mid-Ohio.

Do you have any special hotel rates?

We have negotiated discounted rates of 15% off the published rate for CARFEST participants. To receive your discounted room rate call Comfort Inn (419-886-4000) or Quality Inn (419-886-7000) for reservations and mention you are coming in for the CARFEST event.

What are the event rules?

Please see here for a list of event rules.

Who will be in the vendor midway?

Check out our partners here!

What if it rains?

This event is held regardless of weather. Refunds are not issued due to weather.

If you're driving, keep in mind, many drivers enjoy going out on track to learn the rain line, as well as how to adjust their technique for driving their car on the wet surface. You can learn a lot in the rain!

HPDE & Acclimation Program FAQ's

AutoInterests runs the HPDE & Acclimation Program portion of CARFEST - please check their FAQ page here.

For Mid-Ohio track & facility information, check here.

HPDE & Acclimation Program PRE-EVENT GUIDE can be found here.   Please make sure you review this information prior to the event!