Homestead: Grand Touring Challenge preview

Teams vie for Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge award money in Miami. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 19, 2003) -- As the Rolex Sports Car Series prepares to hit South Florida next weekend for the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami, Grand Touring division ...

Teams vie for Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge award money in Miami.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 19, 2003) -- As the Rolex Sports Car Series prepares to hit South Florida next weekend for the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami, Grand Touring division teams are gearing up to make a run at the award money up for grabs in the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge.

Teams will have their first shot at earning part of the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge award money during Nextel Grand Prix of Miami qualifying on Friday, February 28. The teams posting the fastest qualifying times in the GT and GTS classes will each receive a $1,000 award.

During Saturday's Nextel Grand Prix of Miami, the top finisher in the Grand Touring division - the best overall among GT and GTS entries - will receive a $1,000 Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge award. Adding to the excitement, if the division winner was also a fast qualifier, the team will be awarded an additional $3,000.

To be eligible for awards, teams must be members in the Rolex Series Team Owners Program. Currently eight cars on the pre-entry list are eligible to receive the award money next weekend including the Bell Motorsports #5 BMW M3, ACP Motorsports #19 Corvette, Perspective Racing #24 Mosler MT900R, Scuderia Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360GT, Morgan Dollar Motorsports #46 Corvette, Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang and Marcus Motorsports #69 BMW M3.

Acxiom Corporation was announced as the title sponsor of the Rolex Series Grand Touring Division during the Rolex 24 At Daytona earlier this month. The cornerstone of the sponsorship is the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge, which includes awards of more than $80,000.

Any of the potential $6,000 not awarded during the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami will be rolled over to round three - the Phoenix 250 at Phoenix International Raceway on May 3 - where the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge could be worth up to $12,000.

Homestead-Miami Speedway will offer fans both road racing and open-wheel racing during the February 28 - March 2 event weekend, with the Rolex Series running the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami on March 1 and the IRL IndyCar Series running its season-opening Toyota Indy 300 on March 2. Tickets are currently on sale for the entire event weekend online at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at 305-230-RACE.

For more information on the Nextel Grand Prix of Miami and the Rolex Sports Car Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.

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