IRL: IRNLS to Sanction Grand Prix of Miami

MIAMI (June 19, 2000) - The Grand Prix of Miami will have a new look and feel when the race returns to South Florida next Spring as the Indy Racing Northern Light Series becomes the new sanctioning body for the event, Homestead-Miami Speedway ...

MIAMI (June 19, 2000) - The Grand Prix of Miami will have a new look and feel when the race returns to South Florida next Spring as the Indy Racing Northern Light Series becomes the new sanctioning body for the event, Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray announced Monday. “We are excited to be able to introduce the Indy Racing Northern Light Series as our new partner in the Grand Prix of Miami,” Gray said. “The race has a great history in the South Florida community and we now open a new chapter with the Indy Cars and the Northern Light Series.”

The Grand Prix of Miami is set for April 8, 2001 and will offer South Florida race fans their first chance to see Indy Cars on the 1.5-mile oval.

The change follows Friday’s decision by CART to not include Homestead-Miami Speedway on their 2001 schedule.

“We are very surprised with CART’s decision, but this was a great opportunity to bring the Indy Cars to Miami,” said Gray. “South Florida is a strong open wheel racing market, and the Indy Racing Northern Light Series brings a lot of momentum after a great Indy 500 and competitive races all season long.”

The Grand Prix of Miami dates back to 1983, when IMSA Camel GT prototypes competed on a temporary circuit on the streets of Bayside Miami. The Grand Prix became an SCCA Trans-Am race in 1994. Marlboro became the event’s title sponsor and CART the sanctioning body in 1995, one year before the race moved to Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Homestead-Miami Speedway and International Speedway Corporation officials had on-going discussions with IRL before CART’s decision was announced.

Ticket renewals will be mailed later this summer to existing Grand Prix of Miami ticket holders, with additional ticket information to be released in the coming weeks.

Race fans can reserve their tickets by calling (305) 230-RACE and get updated information on the Speedway’s site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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