OIR is built to FIA Grade 2 standards, and not without reason – the facility is owned by racing driver JR Pesek, who has formerly competed in the Trans Am TA4 Class (now known as GT) and World Challenge SprintX GTS Pro/Am championship. Pesek is a native of Harrisonville, Missouri and also owns PF Racing, with his son James Pesek. James has taken over the racing now, having started his career by attending the Ford Performance Racing School. From there, he moved on to wheel-to-wheel racing in NASA, and the pair built out PF Racing into a premier Ford Performance customer team. PF now runs the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge full-time in GT4 class, most recently scoring a double podium at Daytona, with Harrison Burton & Zane Smith placing P1 for the team and Ben Rhodes & Hailie Deegan placing P3.
The track was designed (in partnership with Canadian automotive engineering company Multimatic) with drivers in mind – featuring elevation changes, covered garages for endurance events, ample runoff area, and track width to allow for competitive passing room. From their website, “…the primary architect of this layout was the lay of the land, paired with Jr Pesek’s vision and Multimatic’s knowledge.”