IRL: Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami fast facts

<pre> WHAT: Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel; Second of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season WHERE: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1.5-mile paved oval WHEN: 2 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, April ...

<pre> WHAT: Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel; Second of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season

WHERE: Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1.5-mile paved oval

WHEN: 2 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, April 8

DISTANCE: 300 miles/200 laps

POSTED AWARDS: More than $1 million

CARS: Dallara and G Force chassis; Oldsmobile V8 and Infiniti Indy V8 3.5-liter engines; Firestone tires

2000 RACE WINNER: First Indy Racing event at Homestead-Miami Speedway

CURRENT SERIES POINTS LEADER: Sam Hornish Jr.

TV: (Pre-Race) Indy Racing 2Day ESPN2 (live), 10:30 a.m. (EDT), April 8 (Race) ABC (live), 2 p.m. (EDT), April 8 Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice, Jason Priestley Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute Replay: ESPN, 1:30 p.m. (EDT), April 12 (Qualifying) ESPN2 (tape delay), 6:30 p.m. (EDT) April 7 Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice, Jason Priestley Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute

RADIO: (Race) IMS Radio Network (live), 2 p.m. (EDT) April 8 Pre-race show starts at 1:30 p.m. Host: Mike King; Analyst: Johnny Parsons Jr. Announcer: Jerry Baker Sr. Pit Reporter: Mark Jaynes; Pit reporter: Kim Morris Area affiliate: WINZ-AM 940, Miami (Qualifying) IMS Racing Radio Network, 4:30 p.m. (EST) April 7 Host: Mike King; Analyst: Johnny Parsons Jr. Announcer: Jerry Baker Sr. Pit Reporter: Mark Jaynes; Pit reporter: Kim Morris

SCHEDULE (all times local): Friday, April 6 7 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Practice (two groups) 2-3:30 p.m.: Practice (two groups)

Saturday, April 7 7 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 9-10:30 a.m.: Practice (two groups) Noon-1:15 p.m.: MBNA Pole Qualifying 3:30-4 p.m.: Final practice 4:30-6 p.m.: Indy Racing autograph session (behind garage)

Sunday, April 8 7 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens 1 p.m.: Cars to grid 2 p.m.: Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami Presented by 123.com Americatel (300 miles/200 laps)

THE TRACK: 1.5-mile paved oval Straightaways: 1,760 feet Turns: 650 feet Width: 60-72 feet Banking: Turns: 6 degrees; Straightaways: 3 degrees

</pre> Homestead-Miami Speedway opened in 1995 shortly after Hurricane Andrew devastated the region. The facility is owned and operated by International Speedway Corp. The facility features a 2.21-mile road course and 71,763 permanent seats. There are 680 palm trees on 434 acres. In addition to the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, HMS plays host to several events, including the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series, NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Grand American Road Racing Association.

THE RACE:
The Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami Presented by 123.com Americatel marks the first time the Indy Racing Northern Light Series has visited Homestead-Miami Speedway.

RACE NOTES:
Three Indianapolis 500 winners are entered in this event: 1998 champion Eddie Cheever Jr., 1996 champion Buddy Lazier and 1992 and 1994 champion Al Unser Jr.

Sam Hornish Jr., winner of the Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 March 18 at Phoenix International Raceway, posted the fastest speed in the Feb. 23-24 Open Test at HMS with a lap of 26.981 seconds, 200.134 mph. He was the only one of 14 drivers to eclipse the 200 mph mark at the Open Test. Hornish drives the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone.

Miami resident and Chile native Eliseo Salazar is a favorite to capture the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel after posting the second-fastest speed at the Open Test at HMS, with a lap of 198.425 mph in the No. 14 Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone.

Another Miami resident, Airton Dar

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Eliseo Salazar , Buddy Lazier , Jason Priestley , Johnny Parsons , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing
Tags TV