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TOYOTA INDYFEST PRESENTED BY HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY ROARS THROUGH CORAL GABLES ON ALHAMBRA CIRCLE THURSDAY NIGHT Public Invited to Meet Drivers, Experience the Excitement of IndyCars at Free, Race-Themed Festival MIAMI (February 28, 2005)- ...

TOYOTA INDYFEST PRESENTED BY HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY ROARS THROUGH CORAL GABLES ON ALHAMBRA CIRCLE THURSDAY NIGHT
Public Invited to Meet Drivers, Experience the Excitement of IndyCars at Free, Race-Themed Festival

MIAMI (February 28, 2005)- To kick off the season-opening Toyota Indy 300, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Toyota IndyFest roars through Alhambra Circle in Coral Gables on Thursday, March 3 from 5:00-11:00 p.m.

This free-to-the-public, outdoor race-themed extravaganza will feature driver autograph and fan question-and-answer sessions, IndyCar showcars, interactive racing displays, live entertainment, food and beverage, and much, much more.

"We invite all of South Florida to feel the excitement of the IndyCars up close and personal at this year's Toyota IndyFest on Alhambra Circle in Coral Gables," said Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "Coral Gables is the perfect location to throw a party to kickoff the big race weekend."

Toyota IndyFest will include driver autograph sessions and an exclusive IRL IndyCar Series driver question and answer session hosted by local radio legend Paul Castronovo of BIG 105.9 FM and Mike King, the voice of the Indy Racing League where fans can ask their favorite driver a question. IRL IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr, Scott Dixon, Darren Manning, Ryan Briscoe, and A.J. Foyt IV and Rolex Series drivers Scott Pruett, Luis Diaz, Stefan Johansson, and Cort Wagner are scheduled to attend the autograph and fan Q+A sessions.

Fans can also enjoy a multitude of IndyCar Series showcars, interactive displays, and entertainment. Interactive displays at Toyota IndyFest include:

" IndyCar Challenge: Race against your friends and family on this high-performance mobile racing simulator using real IndyCars on real IndyCar tracks including Homestead-Miami Speedway.

" IRL TECH: Where you can see the safety and innovation of the IRL.

" IndyRacing Live: Home to the Exclusive Pre-Season IRL IndyCar Series Driver Preview; Driver Autograph Sessions; and Live Entertainment.

" Indy Racing Pit Stop Challenge: Where you and your friends can compete against each other in a simulated IndyCar pit stop.

The Globe Cafe and Bar in Coral Gables will serve as official party headquarters providing delicious food and beverages throughout Toyota IndyFest in addition to their location at 377 Alhambra Circle. The Globe will also host the Toyota IndyFest VIP party, the place to be and be seen the night of March 3rd.

"The Toyota IndyFest promises to be a successful event for both fans and merchants alike," said Coral Gables' City Manager David L. Brown. "The event's economic injection to local businesses will be valuable to the entire community. We are very excited to be working with Homestead-Miami Speedway on this special event." The Toyota Indy 300 is the season-opener for the IRL IndyCar Series and features the same cars and drivers that race at the Indianapolis 500 including two-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves, defending IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan, and three-time Toyota Indy 300 champion Sam Hornish. Last year's Toyota Indy 300 marked the debut of the IRL IndyCar Series on the new 20-degree, variable banking that resulted in speeds over 200 miles-per-hour and Hornish edging Castroneves by just .0698 seconds. The race weekend also includes the Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami featuring the world's fastest sports cars on the Speedway's road course and the Menards Infiniti Pro Series Miami 100.

Convenient parking for Toyota IndyFest is available at the following Coral Gables parking locations; AMPCO System Parking at 355 Alhambra Circle, and Gables Grand Plaza Parking Garage at 353 Aragon Avenue.

To order race tickets or for more information, please call (305) 230-RACE or (866) 409-RACE or log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Stefan Johansson , Helio Castroneves , A.J. Foyt IV , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Ryan Briscoe , Sam Hornis , Cort Wagner