Unique Double Feature: Sports Cars, Motorcycles Share the Track in April

Unique Double Feature: Sports Cars, Motorcycles Share the Track in April

A unique double-feature weekend is set for April 14-15, with sports cars and motorcycle racing on the same program for the first time at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The new SunTrust MOTO-ST motorcycle endurance racing series, organized by Professional Motorsports Promotions and promoted by Grand American Road Racing, will hold a 500-kilometer race on Saturday. The series debuted with an eight-hour race in October at Daytona International Speedway, and competed in a 500-kilometer event during Daytona 200 Week By Honda last month.

The MOTO-ST will boast top endurance riders from all over the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia competing for glory, points and their share of $35,000 in prize money.

Showcasing three classes, SuperSport Twins, Grand Sport Twins and Sport Twins, the skill of the riders, along with the durability of their machines and the teams' abilities in the pits, all will come into play in this action-packed, 500-kilometer event.

Not only will fans be treated to a full field of highly skilled endurance racers, they will also get to view a variety of spectacular machines, including motorcycles from BMW, Ducati, Buell, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Hyosung and more.

Sunday, Grand-Am's KONI Challenge Series returns with the latest in high-performance sports cars and sedans, straight from the showroom floor. The KONI Challenge, which opened at Daytona International Speedway in January, is entering its seventh year of competition with a new name and new title sponsor — promising even more challenges in the 2007 campaign.

Known last year as the Grand-Am Cup, the series had tremendous car counts, averaging nearly 70 machines between the Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) at each event, providing full grids for each of the 12 stops on the expanded schedule. The trend continued at the Daytona opener, where 93 cars took the green flag.

With legendary manufacturers like Porsche, BMW and Ford battling up-and-coming Nissans, Cobalts and Acuras, 2006 had all the makings of a spectacular year. Nine of the 10 races saw different overall winners, showing the parity typical of the series.

Giving "star power" to the series is Patrick Dempsey. The star of the popular television medical drama Grey's Anatomy drove in four races for Hyper Sport, co-driving a Ford Mustang GT with Rick Skelton, and will compete in 2007 events when his schedule permits.

Last year, Turner Motorsports scored an unprecedented sweep of the two KONI Challenge titles, despite winning only one race in each division. Anders Hainer won the GS championship, while Will Turner and Don Salama took ST honors.

Admission for either day of racing, including paddock access, is $10 or $15 (cash only) for both days. Tickets will be available for purchase at the tunnel inside Gate 18 at the back of the track.

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