Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli (Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) entered the weekend holding the DP points lead and doubled down on their grip by taking pole at Mid-Ohio. Robin Liddell and John Edwards (Stevenson Motorsports Camaro) had won three-straight GT races and held pole with Edwards behind the wheel at the start of Mid-Ohio action.
Ricky Taylor (Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP) took the DP lead from brother Jordan at the start, with the Stevenson Camaro staying out front in GT. Contact between Wayne Nonnamaker (Team Sahlen BMW Riley) and Scott Mayer (Starworks Ford Riley) later in the first lap brought out a full-course caution.
Gustavo Yacaman (Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley), serving a two-race probation for instigating two collisions the prior race at Belle Isle Detroit, banged doors with the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley driven by Memo Rojas on the first lap after the restart, leaving the track himself and catching fire after suffering underbody damage in a gravel trap.
Christian Fittipaldi (Action Express Corvette DP) took P2 from Jordan Taylor with about 2 hr to go. A stranded GT car brought out a third full-course caution with 1:48 left, the frontrunners in each class taking the opportunity to make driver-change pit stops. Michael Valiante (8 Star Motorsports Corvette DP) beat Angelelli out of the pits in DP, with Liddell maintaining the lead in GT followed by Bill Auberlen (Turner Motorsport BMW M3).
Joao Barbosa (Action Express) and Richard Westbrook (Spirit of Daytona) passed Angelelli for P2 and P3 respectively with about 1:15 to go. Auberlen took the GT lead from Liddell at the 59 min. mark. Both Valiante and Barbosa pitted under green with roughly 50 min to go. Barbosa got back on track first. Auberlen and Liddell also came in, with the R. Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari 458 on the way to beating Liddell back to the track before contact between the two cut tires on each. Auberlen retained the lead and Eric Curran (Marsh Racing Corvette) moved into second.
Liddell was assessed a 60-sec. penalty for avoidable pit-lane contact, while Westbrook retook the overall and DP lead on track. With 29 min. remaining, Barbosa passed Westbrook for the lead after repeated contact between the two. The action took place while the duo tried to pass the GT leaders, with Curran and Westbrook making contact as well and Westbrook leaving the track as a result.
The DP running order with 23 min. left was Barbosa, Valiante, and Oswaldo Negri Jr. (Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley). Auberlen, Curran, and Andy Lally (Magnus Racing Porsche GT3) held down the Top 3 in GT. Ryan Dalziel (Starworks Ford Riley) overtook Negri for P3 late in the race.
Auberlen and Curran collided with less than 2 min left. Curran was assessed an 84-sec. time penalty, leaving the victory to Auberlen with Lally finishing P2. The second place finish moved Magnus Racing to the GT season lead, with Action Express’ taking its first race victory of the season but Wayne Taylor Racing retaining the season points lead.