HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 3, 1999) â€“ David Donohue will be on the team to beat when he joins Oreca Team Viper in the Sept. 24-26 Sports Car Extravaganza at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The only American competing in the FIA GT Championship, the ...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 3, 1999) – David Donohue will be on the team to beat when he joins Oreca Team Viper in the Sept. 24-26 Sports Car Extravaganza at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The only American competing in the FIA GT Championship, the Pennsylvania driver will be looking for his fourth victory of the season driving the red, white and blue Viper GTS-R for the French team.
The Sports Car Extravaganza features the FIA GT Championship and top American GT sports cars in a 500-kilometer race on the circuit’s challenging 2.21-mile road course. The weekend will also include races for the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Pro Spec Racer and Porsche Owners Club.
"Miami is a great track in a great location," said Donohue. "It seems like the people in South Florida appreciate our kind of racing. Personally, I really enjoy racing there. I handled the track all right last year, but we just had some bad luck."
Donohue was sidelined by suspension problems in last year’s event, with Oreca Viper teammates Olivier Beretta and Pedro Lamy going on to take the GT victory.
"This is a great series," Donohue said. "It's the top series for enclosed, full bodied GT cars in the world. With the level of competition in the series and on this track, it'll be close. I just hope it's close for second place, and we're way out in front."
The son of 1972 Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time Trans-Am champion Mark Donohue, David has two titles to his credit. He won the IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship for BMW in his first full professional season (1994), and captured the North American Touring Championship in a Dodge Stratus in 1997. He scored three second-place finishes in last year’s FIA GT Championship, and co-drove a Viper to a GT2 class victory in the 24 Hours of LeMans, helping Chrysler become the first company to win the French classic with an American-built production car.
While Donohue is looking for a strong race with Team Oreca, he’s also predicting an exciting race for the South Florida fans.
"The track is laid out like a stadium for the fans," he explained. "They can see the whole track and all of the action. Miami accommodates the fan who appreciates the really high-end technical end of GT competition. But at the same time, the FIA GT Series has real good, down and dirty, wheel-to-wheel racing that a NASCAR fan will enjoy from watching in the grandstands. And if they like to see speed, we’ll be going 160 mph on those straightaways!
"Because of the way the track is laid out, it makes for very competitive racing. The racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway is as hard-nosed as it gets."
A full weekend of family activities is planned, with prices starting at $5. Weekend Club Seats for the Sports Car Extravaganza are now on sale for $60. Weekend tickets, including Paddock, Garage and unreserved grandstands, are on sale for $40. Unreserved grandstand seats cost $5 for Friday, $10 for Saturday, and $15 for Sunday. For ticket orders, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information, visit the official Homestead-Miami Speedway web site, at www.racemiami.com.