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XM Satellite Radio to sponsor Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 24th HOMESTEAD, FL -- January 16, 2007 -- XM Satellite Radio announced today that it will become sponsor of the XM Satellite Radio Indy 300, the season opener for the ...

XM Satellite Radio to sponsor Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 24th

HOMESTEAD, FL -- January 16, 2007 -- XM Satellite Radio announced today that it will become sponsor of the XM Satellite Radio Indy 300, the season opener for the IndyCar Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The XM Satellite Radio Indy 300 will be held on Saturday, March 24 and is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET. Although Homestead-Miami Speedway has kicked off the IndyCar Series season for six consecutive years, this will be the very first time in the history of open wheel racing that a season opening race will be held at night and the winner crowned under the lights.

"The only thing more spectacular than watching these cars race at more than 200 miles per hour is watching them race at night," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray. "South Florida is famous for its fast-paced nightlife, so it was only fitting for the Speedway to host this event under the lights for the first time."

Some of Indy cars biggest stars will meet again to race side-by-side on the Speedway's state-of-the-art, 18-20-degree variable banking. Drivers expected to compete include South Florida-residents Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan, 2006 Bombardier Rookie of the Year and grandson of racing legend Mario Andretti, Marco Andretti of Andretti Green Racing, and 2005 Rookie of the Year and fan-favorite Danica Patrick, who will debut with her new team at Andretti Green Racing. 2006 IndyCar Series and Indy 500 champion Sam Hornish, Jr. of Team Penske will reach a new milestone at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as he competes in his 100th IndyCar Series race.

"As the exclusive home to racing's biggest stars, exceptional motorsports programming is an XM priority," said Howard Jacobs, senior vice president, strategic partnership marketing for XM. "We are not only pleased to broadcast the race live on XM, but honored to be the title sponsor of this important season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway."

"The partnership between XM Satellite Radio and Homestead-Miami Speedway is a great fit, since we both strive to offer exciting, affordable, and innovative entertainment to our customers," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray. "We are thrilled to work with XM Satellite Radio on this event and look forward to showing fans a great time on March 24th."

Prior to the XM Satellite Radio Indy 300 on March 24th, the Rolex Sports Car Series Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami and the Indy Pro Series Miami 100 will take place at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fans will need just one ticket to take part in the Indy 300, Grand Prix of Miami, and Miami 100, along with concerts, interactive displays, and much more.

The drivers and teams of the IndyCar Series will be at Homestead-Miami Speedway February 20-22 for its annual pre-season open test to prepare for the XM Satellite Radio Indy 300.

The race will also be broadcast live on XM's IndyCar Series channel (XM 145).

-credit: hms

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Mario Andretti , Marco Andretti , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske