Downtown Miami race approved for 15 years

New Auto Race Set for April 2002 Miami, FL -- (August 14, 2001) -- The City of Miami will once again host a major international motorsports event as a result of a City of Miami Commission's 5 to 0 vote on August 9, 2001, in favor of staging ...

New Auto Race Set for April 2002

Miami, FL -- (August 14, 2001) -- The City of Miami will once again host a major international motorsports event as a result of a City of Miami Commission's 5 to 0 vote on August 9, 2001, in favor of staging an American Le Mans Series race on April 5, 6, and 7, 2002. The race will take place on a street course fashioned from Biscayne Boulevard and Downtown Miami's Bayfront Park, which borders Biscayne Bay.

The City of Miami approved a long term 15 year deal with Raceworks, LLC, headed by Miami attorney Peter J. Yanowitch, and Willy Bermello, a local Miami architect and real estate developer.

"This is a great day for the City of Miami because it brings a major international sporting event to our community," commented Yanowitch. "We are pleased that the City of Miami shares our vision of just how great this event will be for our community in terms of promoting the Downtown Miami area."

"World class cities have world class events like the American Le Mans Series," said Bermello. "We believe that the City of Miami rivals Monte Carlo as a great venue for international motorsports events."

From 1983 to 1995 the Miami Grand Prix was held in the Downtown streets of the City of Miami and hosted sports car and open wheel racing attracting crowds of up to 90,000 people.

The American Le Mans Series was founded by Dr. Donald Panoz and stages 17 sports car races around the world, featuring the same type of race cars as participate in the "24 Hours of Le Mans", the greatest sports car race in the world.

The Miami American Le Mans Series race will be televised on CBS and the Eurosports Network and will reach a worldwide potential television audience of 300 million homes.

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