IRL: Salazar hometown favorite at Homestead

MIAMI (March 20, 2001) – After opening the Indy Racing season with a solid second place finish at Phoenix, Eliseo Salazar is hoping for a hometown victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the April 6-8 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by ...

MIAMI (March 20, 2001) – After opening the Indy Racing season with a solid second place finish at Phoenix, Eliseo Salazar is hoping for a hometown victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the April 6-8 Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel. Salazar will drive the famed No. 14 Dallara owned by racing legend A.J. Foyt in the 300 mile Indy Racing Northern Light Series race on the challenging 1.5-mile oval, only 15 minutes from his home. “Finishing second at Phoenix was a good way to start the season,” Salazar said. “Now, we have to win at Miami. I think we’ve got a good chance to win here. A.J. was happy with our Open Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and our car really runs well there. This is a fantastic place, and I think it’s going to be a great place for us, and for Indy Racing. Fans are going to see some real intense racing here in April.” The Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami presented by 123.com Americatel continues a tradition dating back to 1983. This will mark the first appearance for Indy racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and Salazar and the other Indy Racing drivers are eagerly anticipating their first event at the state-of-the-art facility. ` A native of Chile, Salazar competed for three years in Formula One, scoring a pair of points-paying finishes. He won three IMSA sports car races before turning his attention to Indy Racing. Salazar won the 1997 season finale at Las Vegas, scored two-top 10 finishes in the Indianapolis 500, and finished the 2000 season a strong fourth in the points championship. For 2001, Salazar is among the top contenders to claim the Northern Light Cup, and a victory in Miami would solidify that claim. "I'm looking forward to running in my hometown Grand Prix,” Salazar said. “It's the next best thing short of racing in Chile because I live in Miami. There are a lot of Hispanic people there, and there'll be a lot of people from Chile there, especially with this result at Phoenix. Racing at Miami will be one of the highlights of my season." Leading the Salazar cheering contingent will be Don Francisco, celebrated host of the popular show "Sabado Gigante" and spokesperson for 123.com. “I will personally be cheering for my Chilean compatriot,” said Don Francisco, who will wave the green flag at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8. 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, visit any Ticketmaster Ticket Center, or order on-line at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

-JJ O'Malley

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eliseo Salazar