SCC: Homestead: Event preview

Grand-Am Cup Miami 250 draws 50 of today's hottest production cars to race. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 3, 2003) -- The Grand-Am Cup Series will head to South Florida next week for the Miami 250, April 12-13. The event will draw 50 of today's ...

Grand-Am Cup Miami 250 draws 50 of today's hottest production cars to race.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 3, 2003) -- The Grand-Am Cup Series will head to South Florida next week for the Miami 250, April 12-13. The event will draw 50 of today's hottest import and domestic production cars to race on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 2.4-mile road course.

The Grand-Am Cup Series features production cars straight off the showroom floor. With only minimal racing modifications to enhance performance and safety, Grand-Am Cup cars are developed directly from the very same streetcars that race fans will most likely drive to the racetrack. The Miami 250 will highlight all four classes of the Grand-Am Cup Series, as teams race for top honors both overall and in their respectively class.

The Grand Sport I class will feature sleek, sexy high performance sports cars battling against each other. After fighting their way from the back of the pack to finish 1-2 at the season-opening Daytona event, Doncaster Racing's pair of Porsche GT3 Cup entries is a class favorite heading into the Miami 250. However, the Canadian-based team will face fierce competition from eight other teams fielding Porsches in the class as well as a trio of Corvette Z06 race cars and a Mustang Saleen SR.

The Grand Sport II class has six different types of race cars entered into the Miami 250. Porsches will enter the fray against other imports like the BMW M3 and Audi S4 in the class designed for popular sports and muscle cars. Leading the charge of American iron will be four Mustang Cobra Rs and a pair Pontiac Firebirds. Fans will also not want to miss the new Nissan 350Z when it takes to the track.

Enthusiasts of the latest sports and compact coupes are guaranteed to enjoy the exciting racing in the Sport Touring I class, which provides the most diversified field of the four Grand-Am Cup classes. For those BMW fans, four different model types will run in the ST I class during the Miami 250, including a 330i and 328 as well as a pair of Z3 coupes and new Z4 roadsters. Facing off against the Bimmers will be a trio of Lexus IS300 and Mini Cooper S entries, in addition to a Toyota Supra, Porsche Boxster, Audi A4, Acura Integra R and Acura RSX-S.

With strong limitations on performance enhancements, the Sport Touring II class will give race goers a look at what a truly street stock car can do on a racetrack. A foursome of Acura Integra LS entries are slated to run against a Mazda Protégé for top honors in the entry-level class.

With such a wide range of cars taking to the track, the Grand-Am Cup Miami 250 weekend is sure to cater to every car lover's desire. To make the event even more enticing to South Florida race fans and car lovers, Homestead-Miami Speedway will sell tickets at the gate for $10 per day or a two-day pass for only $15.

Additional information about the Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Grand-Am Cup Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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