Homestead (May 1, 2000) â€“ Ferrari drivers Ralf Kelleners and Mimmo Schiattarella will take time out during their visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the May 5-7 Grand-Am Nextel 250 to visit a local hospital and school. Kelleners will visit...
Homestead (May 1, 2000) – Ferrari drivers Ralf Kelleners and Mimmo Schiattarella will take time out during their visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the May 5-7 Grand-Am Nextel 250 to visit a local hospital and school.
Kelleners will visit the children’s ward at Homestead Hospital on Wednesday, while Schiattarella will attend an assembly at the Redlands Middle School on Thursday morning as part of an essay contest with Homestead-Miami Speedway and Adelphia Media Services. The contest winner and their class will be guests of the Speedway on Friday, where they will watch practice and meet the entire Risi Competizione team.
The pair will co-drive the No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP in the 250-mile event, which will begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The race will be the debut of the Grand American Road Racing Association on the 2.4-mile road circuit.
Kelleners has been active in sports car racing since 1987, driving many years for the Porsche factory team in international competition. He won his class in the 1997 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and captured the 1996 German Carrera Cup and Porsche Super Cup.
Schiattarella drove for the Simtek team in Formula One in 1994 and 1995, and in CART in 1993 and 1998. A 1999 victory at Road Atlanta is among his international sports car racing achievements.
Practice and qualifying for the Grand-Am Nextel 250 begin on Friday. Saturday’s schedule includes a three-hour Motorola Cup race at 1:15 p.m.
Tickets for the debut of the Grand American Road Racing Association begin at $5 for an unreserved Friday grandstand seat and $10 for Saturday. Sunday grandstand seats cost $15, with weekend paddock passes $20. Weekend grandstand/paddock tickets cost $40 if purchased in advance. Children 12 and under are free in both the grandstand and paddock when accompanied by a paid adult.
For additional information or to place ticket orders, call (305) 230-RACE, or visit the official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.
Kelleners is expected to be at the Homestead Hospital Children’s Ward at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Schiattarella will be at the Redlands Middle School, 16001 SW 248th Street, Homestead, at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.