GRAND-AM Rolex Racing Sports Car Series Returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2011: Grand Prix of Miami Set for March 4-5 Homestead-Miami Speedway Continues Rich History of Sports Car Racing MIAMI--Next spring, Homestead-Miami Speedway will...
GRAND-AM Rolex Racing Sports Car Series Returns to Homestead-Miami
Speedway in 2011: Grand Prix of Miami Set for March 4-5
Homestead-Miami Speedway Continues Rich History of Sports Car Racing
MIAMI--Next spring, Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as host to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series' Grand Prix of Miami Weekend, with the Daytona Prototypes and Grand Touring classes both set to run in South Florida on March 4-5. The Grand Prix of Miami will take center stage as Race 2 of the 2011 campaign on the 2.3-mile road course.
"Miami has the richest of sports car-racing tradition, and this is America's most competitive road-racing series," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matt Becherer. "This is a very unique opportunity to get up close with the best sports car drivers in the world. And rest assured that we'll continue our tradition of unparalleled fan amenities, as we welcome fans into the infield and on to Pit Road; feature driver meet- and-greets and autograph sessions; and continue our policy of admitting all kids 12 and under FREE of charge."
The Grand Prix of Miami debuted in the spring of 1983 and was long a fixture as the second major sports car event of the season following the Rolex 24 at Daytona (again the case in 2011). The event was held in Miami's Bayfront Park before moving to Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1995. GRAND-AM began sanctioning the event in 2000.
Drivers who have competed in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series include NASCAR Champions Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch; IndyCar Champions Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon; South Florida- residents Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR Sprint Cup star) and Helio Castroneves (three-time Indy 500 winner-turned-"Dancing with the Stars" Champion); and "Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey.
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas--who won the 2010 GRAND-AM Championship--will look to pick up where Ganassi's IndyCar team left off earlier this month in South Florida, when Dario Franchitti netted his third IndyCar Championship during the NextEra Energy Indy Championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
KIDS FREE: NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov.19-21. Kids 12 & under are admitted FREE (general admission) for Friday night's Camping World Truck Series Championship and for just $10 (reserved seats) for Saturday's Nationwide Series Championship. Tickets for Sunday's Sprint Cup Championship start at $55. Parking is always free at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and fans are invited to bring food and drink in a 6x6x12 cooler.