HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 14, 1999) – American competitors who will compete against Europe’s finest GT drivers in the Sept. 24-26 Sports Car Extravaganza at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Oct. 1-3 Bosch Sports Car Oktoberfest at Watkins Glen International will be racing for a $10,000 special points fund.
The top six American competitors in both events in the GT2 and GT3 categories will be awarded points based on the Formula One scale (10-6-4-3-2-1). The top GT2 and GT3 points scorers based on both U.S. rounds will be awarded $2,500. Second place will win $1,500, with $1,000 for third place.
Both events showcase the FIA GT Championship, featuring European Viper and Porsche teams.
"We added the points fund as an appreciation for our American teams," explained Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Even though they will be racing on a familiar track, the American teams will be going up against some of the world’s best sports car teams and drivers, so this gives them an added bonus."
American teams filing early entries for the Sports Car Extravaganza include Mosler Racing, with an Intruder for Loic Depailler and Joao Barbossa; a Porsche 911 for 1999 USRRC champion Larry Schumacher and John O’Steen; the Autosport Racing Porsche RSR for Alan Zigman of Boca Raton, Brady Resenning of Fort Lauderdale and Peter Argetsinger of Weston; the Aspen Knolls Racing BMW M3 of Jupiter’s Shane Lewis; the Bell Motorsport BMW M3 of Andy Pilgram of Cooper City; and the MP Racing Dodge Viper GTS-R of Bret Parker of Orlando and Kevin Allen of Green Cove Springs.
The Sports Car Extravaganza also includes the Barber Dodge Pro Series, SCCA Spec Racer and Porsche Owners Club.
Practice for the Sports Car Extravaganza begins on Friday, Sept. 2, with a $5 ticket for the Speedway’s elevated grandstands, which overlook the entire 2.21-mile circuit. Saturday’s $10 grandstand ticket includes qualifying for all four races. Sunday’s first race begins at 9 a.m., with a $15 grandstand charge. The Speedway is also offering a $40 weekend ticket, which also includes garage and paddock admission. For additional information, call (305) 230-7223, or visit the Speedway web site, www.racemiami.com.