Rolex Series Gears Up for the First of Two Joint Weekends With IRL DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 12, 2002) -- The Rolex Sports Car Series is gearing up for its first of two combined weekends with the Indy Racing League. The excitement of sports...
Rolex Series Gears Up for the First of Two Joint Weekends With IRL
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 12, 2002) -- The Rolex Sports Car Series is gearing up for its first of two combined weekends with the Indy Racing League. The excitement of sports car racing will be coupled with the speed of Indy racing at the 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami, March 1-2, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The IRL will kick off the racing action on Saturday, March 2, with its season opener on the oval track, followed by the Rolex Series racing in the Nextel 250 on Homestead-Miami Speedway's modified road course.
"We're honored to host the sports cars of the Grand American Road Racing Association on the Speedway's road course as part of the 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami," Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray said. "By pairing sports cars and open-wheel racing, fans will be treated to the two types of racing that have historically competed in the Grand Prix of Miami. What better combination than Rolex Series sports cars and Indy racing for the 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami."
The Nextel 250 will mark the second round of racing in the Rolex Series' 10-race 2002 schedule. The series kicked off its season with a thrilling 40th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The race at Homestead-Miami Speedway is the first of two combined weekends for the Rolex Series and IRL. The two racing series will also team up at California Speedway, March 21-24, where the Rolex Series will christen the track's new road course.
Several teams have already committed to the race, including two winners from this year's Rolex 24 At Daytona - Rand Racing's #8 Nissan Lola and The Racer's Group #66 Porsche GT3 R. Terry Borcheller and Anthony Lazzaro will pilot the Rand Racing entry. The pair joined with team owner Bill Rand and Ralf Kelleners to earn the SportsRacing Prototype II victory at the Rolex 24, in addition to a place on the overall podium. 2002 Rolex 24 GT winner Kevin Buckler will also hit the Homestead-Miami road course in The Racer's Group #66 Porsche.
South Florida race fans will witness a wide variety of racing action during the 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami, not only because of the combination of Rolex Series sports car racing and IRL open-wheel racing, but also because of the diverse field already signed up to compete in the Nextel 250. Race favorites like Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, and BMW have already entered the race, as well as exotic entries from Picchio, Norma and Mosler.
Tickets are available for the Nextel 250, part of 20th Anniversary Grand Prix of Miami, on the Homestead-Miami Speedway website at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com. They may also be purchased by calling 305-230-RACE or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet.
Additional information about the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grand-am.com.