NEW RACING SEASON BEGINS AT HOMESTEAD FOR CART CHAMP CARS, NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCKS
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Jan. 6, 1999) - The new year will open for two marquee American racing series at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in a unique double feature weekend March 19-21. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series opens its fifth season on Saturday, March 20, with the running of the Florida Dodge Dealers 400. Ron Hornaday, Jack Sprague, Mike Bliss, Jimmy Hensley and all series regulars will be on hand, knowing that the past three years have produced surprise winners on the 1.5-mile superspeedway. CART's FedEx Championship Car Series opens with the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota, on Sunday, March 21. Michael Andretti will be seeking his third consecutive Homestead triumph, after nipping Greg Moore by a scant .075 seconds last year. Andretti, Al Unser Jr., Dario Franchitti, Scott Pruett and others will be challenging Moore's lightning-fast track record of 217.5 miles per hour. The PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship will also compete in a Sunday morning race. The weekend opens with CART practice and NASCAR practice and qualifying on Friday, March 19, at 8 a.m. Saturday's schedule begins with Indy Lights practice at 8 a.m., with CART FedEx Championship Series qualifying at 12:30 p.m. The Florida Dodge Dealers 400 takes the green flag at 3 p.m. Sunday's warm-ups begin at 9 a.m., with the Indy Lights race set for 11 a.m. The fourth annual running of the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota begins at 1:30 p.m. Tickets will be available on a daily basis. Tickets for Friday's activities are $10. Unreserved grandstand seats for Saturday's activities are $25. Reserved grandstand seats for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota range from $45 to $85. Weekend paddock passes are an additional $30. Unreserved lower-row grandstand seats will be sold at the gate if available. To order tickets, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information, visit the official Homestead Miami Speedway website at www.racemiami.com.