IPS: IRL: Homestead-Miami Speedway to host test days

Homestead-Miami Speedway To Host IndyCar Spring Training, February 20-22 HOMESTEAD, FL (February 19, 2007) -- The IndyCar(R) and IndyPro Series will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway's 2.21 mile road course to test on Tuesday, February 20, ...

Homestead-Miami Speedway To Host IndyCar Spring Training, February 20-22

HOMESTEAD, FL (February 19, 2007) -- The IndyCar(R) and IndyPro Series will return to Homestead-Miami Speedway's 2.21 mile road course to test on Tuesday, February 20, Wednesday, February 21, and Thursday, February 22.

The test will include up-and-coming drivers in the IndyPro Series as well as IndyCar(R) Series favorites Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Dan Wheldon, and South Florida residents Helio Castroneves, Scott Sharp, and Tony Kanaan.

The IndyPro Series will test on February 20 from 1pm to 5pm. The IndyCar(R) Series will be on track from 4pm to 10pm on February 21 and 22. Race fans are welcome to watch all the action, free of charge, from the Speedway Club, located on the 4th floor of Homestead-Miami Speedway's Administration building. Upon arrival, please come to the first-floor lobby, sign in and then take the elevator up to the Speedway Club.

Most of the testing will take place at night and under Homestead-Miami Speedway's bright lights as the drivers prepare for the XM Satellite Radio Indy 300, the IndyCar(R) Series season opener, which will be held under the lights for the first time. This adds an extra element of excitement for both fans and drivers.

"I couldn't be more excited," said Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Patron Dallara/ Honda/Firestone. "Homestead [Miami Speedway] is one of my favorite tracks. It's always a great race - three-wide, three or four rows deep. The draft is a huge game at Homestead [Miami Speedway], and to be able to do it under the lights is even that much more special."

Tony Kanaan, driver of the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone agrees with Sharp.

"It's always very exciting to race at home but to do it under the lights will be even more fun. Everybody that I spoke with loved the idea of a night race. I think its going to be a great show."

Tickets for the inaugural XM Satellite Radio SpeedJam are on sale now! This exciting event will take place on March 24, 2007 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and features a full day of racing including the IndyPro Series Miami 100, the Rolex Sports Car Series Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami, and the IndyCar(R) Series season opener, the XM Satellite Radio Indy 300. There will also be concerts throughout the day, a Memphis in May barbecue competition, a car shows, remote control car races, interactive displays, and much more! Tickets start at $25 with kids 12 and under just $15. Please call (866) 409-RACE or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or www.racetickets.com

-credit: hms

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Marco Andretti , Danica Patrick