Disney joins up with Miami weekend

MIAMI (Feb. 27, 2001) -- Great Sports Car and NASCAR Truck Racing will combine with family fun and fan-friendly pricing in this weekend's season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Radio Disney's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" is the...

MIAMI (Feb. 27, 2001) -- Great Sports Car and NASCAR Truck Racing will combine with family fun and fan-friendly pricing in this weekend's season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Radio Disney's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" is the latest edition to the March 1-4 weekend, which features Saturday's Nextel 250 for the Rolex Sports Car Series and Sunday's Florida Dodge Dealers 400. The weekend is a great opportunity to introduce the youngsters to America's most exciting sport, with children 12 and under admitted free both to the grandstands and Paddock all weekend when accompanied by a paying adult. In celebration of the new attraction "Who Wants to be a Millionaire? -- Play IT!" at MGM Studios opening April 6 in Orlando, Radio Disney AM 990 is offering two shows on Sunday, March 4. Fans will have the chance to win a trip for four to Walt Disney World, including hotel accommodations and tickets to the show, plus Disney Dollars, area coupons or Radio Disney Bucks. Radio Disney's Big Green Machine and interactive games and prizes will be at the Speedway, along with Pajama Jen and the Radio Disney Fun Squad. The Nextel 250 brings together the five prototype and GT classes of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Doran Racing's Didier Theys and Mauro Baldi are the defending champions, and will return in a new Judd-powered Crawford. Strong challenges in the Sports Racing Prototype class are expected from Dyson Racing, Robinson Racing and InterSport. The GT classes include a strong mix of Corvettes, Porsches, BMWs, Vipers and Camaros. With five different winners in five years, the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 annually features fender-banging, wheel to wheel racing. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series veterans Joe Ruttman, Jack Sprague, Carlos Contreras and Randy Tolsma will face a new crop of talented rookies, which includes Indy 500 veteran Willy T. Ribbs, David Donohue, Ricky Hendrick, Scott Riggs, and Jack Roush's newest rookie finds, Nathan Haseleu and Chuck Hossfeld. The door is wide open for another new face in the winner's circle! The weekend opens with free Grand-Am practice on Thursday. Friday's schedule includes practice and qualifying for the Rolex Series sports cars, plus a three-hour Grand-Am Cup race, with an unreserved grandstand price of $10. Saturday includes opening NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series practice and qualifying, plus the Nextel 250 on the 2.4-mile modified road circuit. Unreserved grandstand admission is $15. The sixth annual Florida Dodge Dealers 400 is set for Sunday, March 4, with unreserved grandstand seats priced at $25 to view all the action on the 1.5-mile oval. Weekend Paddock passes, allowing fans to view the cars close up and meet the drivers and crewmen, cost $25 for the weekend. Tickets for the Florida Dodge Dealers 400/Grand-Am Nextel 250 weekend are available by calling (305) 230-RACE, or may be ordered on-line.

-homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Didier Theys , Ricky Hendrick , Jack Sprague , Chuck Hossfeld , Carlos Contreras , Scott Riggs , Joe Ruttman , David Donohue , Willy T. Ribbs
Teams Dyson Racing , Doran Racing