CHAMPCAR/CART: Drivers lay ceremonial first barrier for Miami circuit

American Le Mans Series, CART drivers lay ceremonial first barrier for downtown Miami street racing circuit. MIAMI (July 24, 2002) -- Drivers from the American Le Mans Series and the CART FedEx Championship Series participated in a ceremony...

American Le Mans Series, CART drivers lay ceremonial first barrier for downtown Miami street racing circuit.

MIAMI (July 24, 2002) -- Drivers from the American Le Mans Series and the CART FedEx Championship Series participated in a ceremony today to launch construction of the Miami Downtown Street Circuit that will be used for the Grand Prix Americas in October.

Drivers Johnny Herbert and Milka Duno from the ALMS joined CART drivers Christian Fittipaldi, Tony Kanaan and Oriol Servia in laying the ceremonial first concrete barrier, one of many that will line the 1.57-mile circuit. The October 4-5-6 event will also include a race for the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup and will mark the return of street racing to Miami for the first time since 1995.

As part of the ceremony, Miami City Manager Carlos Gimenez and Miami City Commissioners Tomas Regalado, Joe Sanchez and Arthur Teele signed an oversized City of Miami permit that officially authorized the series of races in October.

"The return of auto racing to downtown after a seven-year absence represents a green flag for all of Miami," said Chuck M. Martinez, President and General Manager of Grand Prix Americas. "These exciting races will generate millions for the local economy and garner additional international attention for our community."

Grand Prix Americas is owned by Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) and Raceworks, LLC. It will be held in Downtown Miami in Bayfront Park in an agreement with the City of Miami, the Bayfront Park Management Trust and the Miami Sports and Exhibition Authority. The festive weekend will feature various concerts and social events and will culminate in the three races.

Ticket information is available online at www.miamirace.com or by calling (305) 373-3333.

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Series ALMS , IndyCar
Drivers Milka Duno , Johnny Herbert , Christian Fittipaldi , Tony Kanaan , Oriol Servia