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Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami Presented by 123.com Americatel FAST FACTS WHAT: Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel; Second of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season WHERE: Homestead-Miami...

Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami
Presented by 123.com Americatel
FAST FACTS

WHAT:

Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel; Second of 13 races in 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series season

WHERE:

Homestead-Miami Speedway, 1.5-mile paved oval

WHEN:

2 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, April 8

DISTANCE:

300 miles/200 laps

POSTED AWARDS:

More than $1 million

CARS:

Dallara and G Force chassis; Oldsmobile V8 and Infiniti Indy V8 3.5-liter engines; Firestone tires

2000 RACE WINNER:

First Indy Racing event at Homestead-Miami Speedway

CURRENT SERIES POINTS LEADER:

Sam Hornish Jr.

TV:

(Pre-Race)
Indy Racing 2Day
ESPN2 (live), 10:30 a.m. (EDT), April 8

(Race)
ABC (live), 2 p.m. (EDT), April 8
Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice, Jason Priestley
Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute
Replay: ESPN, 1:30 p.m. (EDT), April 12

(Qualifying)
ESPN2 (tape delay), 6:30 p.m. (EDT) April 7
Announcers: Bob Jenkins, Larry Rice, Jason Priestley
Pit reporters: Vince Welch, Jack Arute

RADIO:

(Race)
IMS Radio Network (live), 2 p.m. (EDT) April 8
Pre-race show starts at 1:30 p.m.
Host: Mike King; Analyst: Johnny Parsons Jr.
Announcer: Jerry Baker
Sr. Pit Reporter: Mark Jaynes; Pit reporter: Kim Morris
Area affiliate: WINZ-AM 940, Miami

(Qualifying)
IMS Racing Radio Network, 4:30 p.m. (EST) April 7
Host: Mike King; Analyst: Johnny Parsons Jr.
Announcer: Jerry Baker
Sr. Pit Reporter: Mark Jaynes; Pit reporter: Kim Morris

SCHEDULE (all times local):

(Friday, April 6)
7 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Practice (two groups)
2-3:30 p.m.: Practice (two groups)

(Saturday, April 7)
7 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens
9-10:30 a.m.: Practice (two groups)
Noon-1:15 p.m.: MBNA Pole Qualifying
3:30-4 p.m.: Final practice
4:30-6 p.m.: Indy Racing autograph session (behind garage)

(Sunday, April 8)
7 a.m.: Indy Racing League garage opens
1 p.m.: Cars to grid
2 p.m.: Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami
Presented by 123.com Americatel (300 miles/200 laps)

THE TRACK:

1.5-mile paved oval
Straightaways: 1,760 feet
Turns: 650 feet
Width: 60-72 feet
Banking: Turns: 6 degrees; Straightaways: 3 degrees

Homestead-Miami Speedway opened in 1995 shortly after Hurricane Andrew devastated the region. The facility is owned and operated by International Speedway Corp. The facility features a 2.21-mile road course and 71,763 permanent seats. There are 680 palm trees on 434 acres. In addition to the Indy Racing Northern Light Series, HMS plays host to several events, including the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

THE RACE:

*The Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami Presented by 123.com Americatel marks the first time the Indy Racing Northern Light Series has visited Homestead-Miami Speedway.

RACE NOTES:

*Three Indianapolis 500 winners are entered in this event: 1998 champion Eddie Cheever Jr., 1996 champion Buddy Lazier and 1992 and 1994 champion Al Unser Jr.

*Sam Hornish Jr., winner of the Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 March 18 at Phoenix International Raceway, posted the fastest speed in the Feb. 23-24 Open Test at HMS with a lap of 26.981 seconds, 200.134 mph. He was the only one of 14 drivers to eclipse the 200 mph mark at the Open Test. Hornish drives the No. 4 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone.

*Miami resident and Chile native Eliseo Salazar is a favorite to capture the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel after posting the second-fastest speed at the Open Test at HMS, with a lap of 198.425 mph in the No. 14 Harrah's A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Oldsmobile/Firestone.

*Another Miami resident, Airton Daré, will compete in the event. Dare, the 2000 Indy Racing Rookie of the Year, will drive the No. 88 1-800-BAR-NONE G Force/Oldsmobile/Firestone.

*Four Indy Racing rookies are confirmed to participate in the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel: Felipe Giaffone (Treadway Racing); Brandon Erwin (McCormack Motorsports); Casey Mears (Galles Racing); and Didier André (Galles Racing).

SERIES NOTES:

*At 21, Sam Hornish Jr. became the youngest driver to win an Indy Racing League event with his victory at the season opener March 18 in Phoenix.

*The Indy Racing Northern Light Series will consist of a record 13 races this year between mid-March and late September. The 85th Indianapolis 500 will take place May 27.

*Six new markets for the Indy Racing Northern Light Series will play host to events in 2001: Chicago, Miami, St. Louis, Kansas City, Mo., Nashville, Tenn., and Richmond, Va.

*All 13 races on the Indy Racing Northern Light Series schedule will be shown live on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 as the series enters the second year of a five-year contact with ABC/ESPN. All races also will be broadcast live on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.

*The Indy Racing League will not award qualifying points this year in an effort to discourage teams from building fragile but fast qualifying engines that provide an advantage over those teams lacking the budget to build the costly extra engines.

*Rookie Felipe Giaffone started the season with a sixth-place finish at Phoenix earning him the lead in the Rookie of the Year race. He has 28 points while Brandon Erwin is second in the rookie points with 16.

*1999 Indy Racing champion Greg Ray has won 10 career MBNA poles, a series record. His most recent pole came March 18 at Phoenix International Raceway.

*Davey Hamilton holds the record for most consecutive Indy Racing Northern Light Series starts at 44. He is the only driver to start every series race since its inception.

<pre> STATISTICS: 2001 point standings 1. Sam Hornish Jr. 52 2. Eliseo Salazar 40 3. Buddy Lazier 35 4. Scott Sharp 32 5. Billy Boat 30 6. Felipe Giaffone 28 7. Jeff Ward 26 8. Robby McGehee 24 9. Buzz Calkins 22 10. Airton Daré 20

2001 money leaders 1. Sam Hornish Jr. $124,300 2. Eliseo Salazar $89,650 3. Buddy Lazier $67,650 4. Scott Sharp $55,600 5. Greg Ray $55,100 6. Billy Boat $51,150 7. Robbie Buhl $46,000 8. Felipe Giaffone $45,950 9. Jeff Ward $44,350 10. Robby McGehee $43,350

2001 wins 1. Sam Hornish Jr. 1

2001 rookie points 1. Felipe Giaffone 28 2. Brandon Erwin 16 3. Casey Mears 10 4. Didier André 3

2001 laps led 1. Sam Hornish Jr. 140 2. Greg Ray 43 3. Stephan Gregoire 9 4. Helio Castroneves 4 5. Gil de Ferran 3 6. Scott Sharp 1

2001 MBNA Poles 1. Greg Ray 1

2001 wins by chassis 1. Dallara 1

2001 wins by engine 1. Oldsmobile 1

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buzz Calkins , Robby McGehee , Greg Ray , Felipe Giaffone , Eddie Cheever , Al Unser Jr. , Casey Mears , Robbie Buhl , Eliseo Salazar , Buddy Lazier , Stephan Gregoire , Jeff Ward , Davey Hamilton , Didier André , Scott Sharp , Billy Boat , Airton Daré , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Brandon Erwin , Jason Priestley , Johnny Parsons , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing