'Fan-friendly' pricing for Homestead opener

MIAMI (December 20, 2000) -- The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Grand American Road Racing Association will combine to host the opening event of the 2001 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The March 2-4 weekend will feature...

MIAMI (December 20, 2000) -- The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Grand American Road Racing Association will combine to host the opening event of the 2001 season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The March 2-4 weekend will feature "family-friendly" pricing for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 and Nextel 250.

The event is a great opportunity to introduce the youngsters to America's most exciting sport, with children 12 and under admitted free both to the grandstands and Paddock all weekend when accompanied by a paying adult.

The Nextel 250 brings together Grand-Am's five prototype and GT classes. Doran Racing's Didier Theys is the defending champion, and will return in a new Judd-powered Crawford. Strong challenges in the Sports Racing Prototype class are expected from Dyson Racing, Risi Competizione's Ferrari, Robinson Racing and InterSport. The GT classes include a strong mix of Corvettes, Porsches, BMWs, Vipers and Camaros.

With five different winners in five years, the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 annually features fender-banging, wheel to wheel racing. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veterans Joe Ruttman, Jack Sprague, Carlos Contreras and Randy Tolsma will face a new crop of talented rookies, which includes Indy 500 veteran Willy T. Ribbs, David Donohue and Jack Roush's newest rookie finds, Nathan Haseleu and Chuck Hossfeld. The door is wide open for another new face in the winner's circle!

The weekend opens with Friday practice and qualifying for the Grand-Am sports cars, plus a three-hour Motorola Cup race, with an unreserved grandstand price of $10.

Saturday includes opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice and qualifying, plus the Grand-Am Nextel 250 on the 2.4-mile modified road circuit. Unreserved grandstand admission is $15.

The sixth annual Florida Dodge Dealers 400 is set for Sunday, March 4, with unreserved grandstand seats priced at $25 to view all the action on the 1.5-mile oval.

Weekend Paddock passes, allowing fans to view the cars close up and meet the drivers and crewmen, cost $25 for the weekend.

Tickets for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400/Grand-Am Nextel 250 weekend are available by calling (305) 230-RACE, or may be ordered on-line at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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