Drivers Looking Forward to Racing at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 23, 2004) -- Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series drivers will run their first race on the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway's 2.3-mile road course...
Drivers Looking Forward to Racing at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 23, 2004) -- Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series drivers will run their first race on the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway's 2.3-mile road course this weekend in the Grand Prix of Miami, February 28. Homestead-Miami Speedway underwent a major construction project following last year's Grand Prix of Miami, increasing the former six degrees of banking to a variable banking system with a maximum of 20 degrees.
Under the new configuration, at the midpoint of each turn there is 18 degrees banking at the bottom, 19 degrees in the middle and 20 degrees at the top. The variable banking system is designed to create three competitive racing grooves around the oval track.
The Speedway's 2.3-mile road course includes turns three and four and the front and back straightaways of the oval track, as well as an infield road course.
Although Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami will be the first time Rolex Series drivers have raced on the Speedway's new banking, many Daytona Prototype drivers got a taste of the new track configuration during testing in December.
"I think it will make the racing closer and more competitive," said Red Bull-Brumos Racing driver Darren Law. "The cars are faster because of the banking, and the grip level is better. It makes the handling a lot better, too. It will help make all the racing closer, which will be exciting for the fans."
"I like the new banking. It's nicely done," remarked Mears Motorcoach-Speedsource driver Mike Borkowski. "It will make the speeds throughout the banked portions a little faster. And, I think the race is going to be a ton better than last year, both because of the banking and the series exploding."
The increase in speed is something that all the drivers are excited about, especially Brumos Racing driver JC France, who will look to defend last year's win in the Grand Prix of Miami. "I ran five seconds faster (during testing) than when we won the race last year, so of course I like it," noted France.
Rolex Series drivers will take to the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway's road course in the opening practice session on Thursday. Qualifying for the Grand Prix of Miami will be held on Friday at 4:30 p.m., and the green flag will fall on the 250-mile race at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Tickets are currently on sale for the Grand Prix of Miami, as well as the entire Toyota INDY 300 weekend, and can be purchased online at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or by calling 305-230-RACE.
For additional information on the Grand Prix of Miami and the Rolex Sports Car Series, as well as Zippo Live Timing & Scoring throughout the weekend, visit www.grandamerican.com.