Hurley Haywood named as Miami grand marshal

ENDURANCE RACING LEGEND HURLEY HAYWOOD NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF GRAND-AM MIAMI 250 MIAMI (April 26, 2000) -- Hurley Haywood, a multi-time winner of endurance racing's three classic races, has been named Grand Marshal of the May 5-7 Grand-Am Miami...

ENDURANCE RACING LEGEND HURLEY HAYWOOD
NAMED GRAND MARSHAL OF GRAND-AM MIAMI 250

MIAMI (April 26, 2000) -- Hurley Haywood, a multi-time winner of endurance racing's three classic races, has been named Grand Marshal of the May 5-7 Grand-Am Miami 250, the debut of the Grand American Road Racing Association at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Haywood, a five-time winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, three-time winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans, and two-time champion of the 12 Hours of Sebring, will give the command to fire up the engines for the 250-mile event on the 2.3-mile road circuit.

"I'm excited about seeing Homestead-Miami Speedway for the first time, and I 'm also excited because I never got to say 'Gentlemen start your engines' before," Haywood said. "My only disappointment is I'd rather be racing!"

Haywood will be a special guest of Brumos Porsche of Jacksonville, Fla. Brumos has been a long-time supporter of Haywood, dating back to his first of two IMSA championships in 1972. Haywood is also a past SCCA Trans-Am champion, and four-time competitor in the International Race of Champions.

While he won't be competing in Miami, Haywood will take a lap of honor in a Porsche 962 he once campaigned at Daytona and Sebring with A.J. Foyt. Also on display will be the original Brumos Porsche 914/6 driven to the first IMSA Camel GT championship by Peter Gregg in 1971, a car frequently co-driven by Haywood.

"I've raced many times in the streets of Miami, but I've never race at Homestead-Miami Speedway," said Haywood. "Everyone says it's a great facility, and also a nice track for road racing. It's exciting to play a part in the first Grand-Am event in Miami."

Practice for the Grand-Am Miami 250 begins on Friday, May 5. Qualifying and a three-hour Motorola Cup race are set for Saturday. Sunday's schedule includes a American City Racing Leagues event, with the Grand-Am Miami 250 set for a 1 p.m. start.

Tickets for the debut of the Grand-Am Miami 250 begin at $5 for an unreserved Friday grandstand seat and $10 for Saturday. Sunday grandstand seats cost $15, with weekend paddock passes $20. Weekend grandstand/paddock tickets cost $40 if purchased by April 28. Children 12 and under are free in both the grandstand and paddock when accompanied by a paid adult.

For additional information or to place ticket orders, call (305) 230-RACE, or visit the official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

Media Contact: J.J. O'Malley (305) 230-5249

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Hurley Haywood , Peter Gregg , A.J. Foyt