Saturday the hubster and I treated ourselves to a short one-day trip to Lexington, Ohio (Yes, OH not KY) for the Le Mans Race at the Mid-Ohio Race Track. The Petrol Head husband went last year for the first time and become instantly addicted. For me, this was my first experience at “all goes” racing in the Le Mans series.
Thanks to our neighbors (where do they go at 5AM and come back 1 hour later) waking us up, we drug ourselves out of bed early and started to get things around. We managed to get out of the house with our Quinoa Apricot Muffins and Freshly Brewed Coffee around 7am. Next up was fuel and a unplanned stop at a local bakery for some yummy bakery treats. Off we set to Lexington, Ohio, just outside of Mansfield, Ohio.
We arrived and received our pre-paid tickets to the race, parked and tried to find a spot to setup camp for the day. To our delight, we had arrived just before the first Indy pre-qualification race for the day without too many people around. Apparently not many people come for the whole day even though you pay for all the different races, which I believe is around 5 in total. There is an Indy qualification race, Porsche race, Le Mans Race, Lite Race and so on. It runs for three days in total but the best day to go (as I’m told), is on Saturday.
As a vegan, goes to a secluded race such as this one a private racetrack does hold its barriers. Thankfully just like the famous Indy 500 in Indianapolis, Indiana, race fans can bring whatever the want for the entire day. There are people that seriously bring in coolers full of beer and a few of us health seekers that brought our health food and vegan approved snacks. That’s what we did anyways. We carried a bento cooler box full of yummy treats and a backpack of other vegan approved goods, not necessarily healthy food. Gasp! I know! But, sometimes we can have these sugary treats right?
Our food supply for what should have been for a family of ten but just for us two: Japanese inspired vegan naan covered sausages/hot dogs, mini cucumbers, carrot & celery sticks, chex mix, caramel corn, skittles, lemon candies, oreos, two Klean Kanteens of water and a few other things. Yep, that was just for two people. The husband loves to have choices so I try to feed his hunger for different foods to assure he eats enough.
We also purchased a Sports-Brella from a company supply store called Sam’s Club. It was around $40.00 + tons of Ohio Taxes but was worth the price. The weather was unpredictable and we weren’t sure if we could even use this rain Cabana but purchased it anyways just in case. Thankful we saw a few other people using theirs when we arrived so we walked back to our car to carry ours to our “day camp” to use. The weather was well into the 90-100’s with different sunlight – so the UPF 50+ protection from the Sport-brella was really a useful touch to our day. In addition, we were decked out in our Columbia UPF 50+ shirts and hats. There were people getting seriously sunburns around us, I’m not sure if we would have made it the entire day without our gear.
Then during the Le Mans race, it started to rain – seriously tsunami-like rain. There were times when we couldn’t see more than 30 feet in front of us it was raining so hard. We bulked up under our sports-brella and managed to not get that wet. It didn’t deem to be perfect; it rained a little through the seams and miscellaneous openings. But, people were looking at us in hatred seeing they were getting drenched. One man walked past and stated, “You should both stay inside right now. I’m not sure if you are aware of it but it is raining out here.” So cute! Three people in total asked us where to purchase a Sports-brella. Lol Race fans are a bit serious about their favorite driver and team but soft hearted with everything else. A whole 30-40 people were left for the last bit of the race due to the rain. Funny enough, most of us had the Sports-brella. (Wow! I sound like a salesperson for them but I have to tell you really I’m not. We bought ours on our own and just fall in love.)
At the end of the day I had eaten so much unhealthy vegan food and drank about 64oz of water and unsweetened tea. We had taken 280 photos and had a delightful time together chatting and seeing everyone run through the rain. It was a day of good racing, sporadic weather, vegan food, and a good time with the husband. So glad we adventured out together and experienced this European Racing Series in America.