Grand Prix Of The Americas Hosts "Kick-Off" Event With Miami Dignitaries And Professionals From The World Of Racing

MIAMI, FL - (December 12, 2001) - The principals of Raceworks, Inc. Peter J. Yanowitch, Willy A. Bermello, and Emerson Fittipaldi hosted a "kick-off" luncheon on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 in Miami's Bayfront Park to mark the official 143-day count down to the Grand Prix of the Americas, a high voltage street race slated for the streets of downtown Miami on April 5-7, 2002.

The Grand Prix of the Americas will feature the American Le Mans Series and other series over a three-day weekend and will attract a projected 50,000 to 75,000 local and international spectators to downtown Miami.

The luncheon was held in a tent in Bayfront Park, the site of the event, and featured prominent auto racing personalities including Derek Bell, winner of the 1985 Grand Prix of Miami, Raul Boesel, winner of the 1991 Grand Prix of Miami, and Andy Pilgrim, GTS class winner for the past two years in Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

The official Grand Prix of the Americas logo, designed by Coconut Grove architectural and engineering firm Bermello Ajamil & Partners, was unveiled at the event.

The entrance to the luncheon tent was lined with racing cars including a Champion Racing Audi R8, a Porsche 911 GT3 RS and a Porsche 962 Prototype.

Peter J. Yanowitch, President & Founder of Raceworks LLC, stated, "This event will attract thousands of tourists, race participants, sports enthusiasts, and the international press who will patronize the local hotels and restaurants generating an economic impact in excess of $25 million for the City of Miami."

"We will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the original Downtown race by adding more entertainment activities that will appeal to a wider audience", said Willy A. Bermello, Principal of Raceworks LLC.

Famed championship driver and race promoter Emerson Fittipaldi, who recently joined the Raceworks team, said: "I have had a long-standing love affair with Miami. It is the perfect location for auto racing and I am very excited to be part of the return of racing to Downtown Miami."

Race activities will commence on Friday, April 5 with practice and qualifying activities for each of the series. The Trans Am Series race is scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, April 6. The main racing event -- the American Le Mans Series -- will be on Sunday afternoon. This event will be televised nationally on CBS and internationally on Eurosports, as well as via the Internet.

Raceworks, founded by Miami motorsports industry attorney Peter J. Yanowitch and Miami architect and developer Willy A. Bermello, secured the exclusive rights to stage an American LeMans Series professional motorsports race in the streets of Downtown Miami.

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