IRL: Hornish tops 200 mph in Miami Open Test

MIAMI (Feb. 23) – Pennzoil Panther driver Sam Hornish turned a fast lap of 200.134 mph Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in the opening day of a two-day Open Test for Indy Racing competitors. Saturday will be Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami Open...

MIAMI (Feb. 23) – Pennzoil Panther driver Sam Hornish turned a fast lap of 200.134 mph Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in the opening day of a two-day Open Test for Indy Racing competitors. Saturday will be Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami Open House at the Speedway, with the public invited free for a full day of activities, beginning at 9 a.m.

“It makes us feel great that we had the fastest time of the day,” said Hornish. “It’s pretty cool (to top 200 mph). I like the track. It will be a real great race for the fans.”

Defending Indy Racing Northern Lights Series champion Buddy Lazier was second with a fast lap of 198.127 mph, followed by Felipe Giaffone, 197.696; Greg Ray, 197.463; and Stan Wattles, 197.029.

Saturday’s free full day of activities includes open testing featuring the same cars and drivers competing in the Indianapolis 500, a driver autograph session, and the chance to win a trip for two to the May 27 Indianapolis 500, including tickets and lodging.

Fans will also have the opportunity to choose their seats for the April 6-8 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami. Fans purchasing grandstand seats will get a t-shirt and Infiniti pace car ride with a legend of Indy Racing from noon – 1 p.m., with expected drivers including Johnny Rutherford and Al Unser. Fans are urged to sign up early due to limited availability.

Fans can meet Indianapolis 500 winners Al Unser Jr., Buddy Lazier and Eddie Cheever Jr., along with other Indy Racing drivers including Eliseo Salazar, Sarah Fisher, Robbie Buhl and Greg Ray at the autograph session, set for noon to 1 p.m.

The Open House will also include rock climbing walls, Mini-Indy races for the kids, and various activities for the family, plus a Cub Scout Thunderbird District Pinewood Derby and kayaking demonstration by the Paradise Paddlers Club.

Family-friendly priced tickets for the April 6-8 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami begin at $10 for Friday and $20 for Saturday, with reserved Sunday grandstand seats ranging from $25 to $45. Youth 12 and under are free Friday and Saturday when accompanied by a paying adult, while grandstand seats for youth 18 and under are $15 on Sunday if purchased in advance. Weekend paddock tickets are $20, with youth 12 and under free. Individual weekend passes, including reserved grandstand seat and Paddock pass, cost $70, a $25 savings. Parking is free all weekend, For additional information or to order tickets, call (305) 230-RACE or order on-line at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Greg Ray , Felipe Giaffone , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Robbie Buhl , Buddy Lazier , Stan Wattles , Johnny Rutherford , Sam Hornis