Due to Hurricane Frances which hit the state of Florida over the Labor Day weekend, officials at Grand American Road Racing Association (GARRA) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) announced Tuesday, September 7th that the upcoming event at the...
Due to Hurricane Frances which hit the state of Florida over the Labor Day weekend, officials at Grand American Road Racing Association (GARRA) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) announced Tuesday, September 7th that the upcoming event at the venue located in Homestead, Florida has been postponed by one week.
The teams had already prepared for the Miami 250, originally scheduled for September 10 - 12 but now are in the process of changing their plans for the ninth round in the 2004 Grand Am Rolex Series and the seventh round for the Grand Am Cup calendar. The new tentative date will be September 17 - 19 weekend.
Tentative due to the fact that Hurricane Ivan is lurking just south of the Jamaica and the Cuba shoreline, the newest hurricane to threaten Florida. Two have already hit the state causing major damage: Charley and Frances.
"The postponement was the best decision to make at this time," commented Roger Edmondson, President of GARRA. "We are grateful to Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray and his staff for quickly working with us in taking this sensible course of action."
The area of Homestead has been lucky has they have not sustained major damage from either hurricane, the areas was hit hard in 1992 by Hurricane Andrew.
HMS and GARRA felt it was best for the spectators to postpone the event as travel throughout the state of Florida was still unsafe in many areas. Damage to the roads and highways has yet to be assessed, many areas are not yet secure. Plus there is currently a limitation on fuel for residents and visitors to Florida.
"The safety of our fans and competitors alike is always our major concern and this brief delay will allow us to ensure a safe and successful event for all," continued Edmondson as to the main reason HMS and GARRA felt it best to postpone the event.
Formula Renault NA 2000 is sanctioned by GARRA. No announcement has been made to whether or not they will still compete on the new race date.