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FIS-GT Returns to Miami

Revamped FIA GT Returns To Miami During Sports Car Extravaganza HOMESTEAD, Fla. (July 14, 1999) -- The "new look" FIA GT Championship will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway September 24-26 for the Sports Car Extravaganza, joining the USRRC...

Revamped FIA GT Returns To Miami During Sports Car Extravaganza

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (July 14, 1999) -- The "new look" FIA GT Championship will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway September 24-26 for the Sports Car Extravaganza, joining the USRRC Can-Am Championship in an exciting weekend of action on the challenging 2.21-mile road circuit.

FIA, the sanctioning body of Formula One and international sports car racing, redefined the GT Championship for 1999 restricting competition to production GT cars. To bring greater clarity to the races, the series features only one class, which will produce one winning car in each event. Independent of the presence of factories, organizers hope to attract a strong grid of more than 30 cars in a fiercely-disputed series of 500 to 1,000-kilometer races (310 to 620 miles).

Dodge Vipers, Porsche Carreras and Ford Mustangs are among the cars expected to compete for the GT Series championship. Entrants include Viper Team Oreca, with a driver lineup including Olivier Bererra, Karl Wendlinger and American David Donohue, plus the Rolex 24 at Daytona GT2-winning Porsche 911 fielded by Roock Racing for Claudia Huertgen and Stephane Ortelli.

The South Florida event, tentatively scheduled for 500 kilometers, will be the only U.S. stop on the 10-race schedule, which opened April 11 at Monza, Italy. Other events include races in Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Austria.

In the weekend co-feature, Dyson Racing drivers Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver defend their title against the top stars of the USRRC Can-Am Championship, featuring open-cockpit Ferrari, Ford, Chevrolet and Mazda prototypes.

The Sports Car Extravaganza weekend also includes the SCCA US F2000 National Championship in a pair of season-concluding races, plus the SCCA Barber Dodge Pro Series.

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 additional information, visit the official Homestead-Miami Speedway web site, at www.racemiami.com.

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