HOMESTEAD, Fla. (August 25, 1999) â€“ The top GT sports cars from Europe and the United States will clash in the Sept. 24-26 Sports Car Extravaganza, competing together in a 500-kilometer FIA GT Championship race on the challenging 2.21-mile road...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (August 25, 1999) – The top GT sports cars from Europe and the United States will clash in the Sept. 24-26 Sports Car Extravaganza, competing together in a 500-kilometer FIA GT Championship race on the challenging 2.21-mile road circuit.
"I think it’s great," said Larry Schumacher, who was named 1999 USRRC GT2 co-champion. "The GTs racing by themselves put on a great show. The fans understand what’s going on a lot better than when you mix different types of cars, and it’s more fun for the drivers.
"I’ve raced on the streets of Miami in the old IMSA Camel GT days, and now I ’m looking forward to my first race at Homestead-Miami Speedway," continued the Cinncinnati, Ohio driver, who now has captured four GT championships. "Everyone has told me it is a beautiful facility."
Schumacher will team with John O’Steen in a Porsche 911 RSR. Other top domestic contenders include the Mosler Intruder of Joao Barbossa and Loic Depailler, and the Reiser-Callas Renn Sport Porsche 911 RSR of David Murry and Craig Stanton.
"I’m looking forward to being in the big show instead of running in a support race," said Murry, who has been racing Porsches since 1993. "It will be great to compete against world-class competition, so if we will it will be against top international competitors in the featured race."
The European effort is led by Chrysler Viper Team Oreca, which opened the season with six consecutive victories, including four by the team of Olivier Beretta and Karl Wendlinger. They will be joined in Miami by American ace David Donohue and Jean-Philoppe Belloc.
Other top European teams include the Chamberlain Motorsports Vipers, the Konrad Motorsports Porsches with a driver lineup including veteran Bob Wollek, and Marcos Racing International with their exotic Marcos Mantara LM600.
The SCCA Pro Spec Racer Series will remain as a support race, joining the Barber Dodge Pro Series on the weekend schedule.
A full weekend of family activities is planned, with prices starting at $5. Weekend Club Seats for the Sports Car Extravaganza are now on sale for $60. Weekend tickets, including Paddock, Garage and unreserved grandstands, are on sale for $40. Unreserved grandstand seats cost $5 for Friday, $10 for Saturday, and $15 for Sunday. For ticket orders, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information, visit the official Homestead-Miami Speedway web site, at www.racemiami.com.