2008 IndyCar Season to Open in 'Grand Style' at Homestead-Miami Speedway

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Track to host 7th consecutive IRL season opener, 2nd in prime-time MIAMI— Indy Racing League officials announced Sept. 18 that Homestead-Miami Speedway will again kick off the IndyCar season, with the March 29, 2008 opener marking the seventh consecutive year the circuit will debut at Homestead-Miami. And for the second consecutive year, the Indy 300 is set to run under the lights and in prime time on the 1.5 mile oval track.

"South Florida is a great place for IndyCar to start the season, as drivers Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Scott Sharp all reside right here in South Florida." said Speedway President Curtis Gray, who joined Homestead-Miami just prior to the initial IndyCar season-premier in 1999. "After six years of hosting the IRL's season-opening race, we feel we know how to open the IndyCar season in grand style."

The Indy 300 will headline Homestead-Miami's daylong "SpeedJam" festivities, which also include live music, a barbecue festival, an auto show and additional sports-car series racing before the Indy race caps off a full day of events. "The IRL's decision to return to our track to open the 2008 circuit is a flattering reflection of Homestead-Miami Speedway's prominent standing in the world of motorsports," Gray said. "For us to host both IndyCar's season opener and NASCAR's season-ending Ford Championship Weekend is a very unique opportunity. We're fortunate in this regard and welcome race fans to take advantage of two special race weekends." The 2008 IndyCar Series will feature 16 races across a variety of race courses, including Homestead-Miami Speedway-style oval tracks, superspeedways, scenic road courses and temporary street circuits. The '08 circuit concludes its season Sept. 7 at Chicagoland Speedway. With a diverse lineup of drivers including Scott Dixon, Danica Patrick and South Florida residents Castroneves, Kanaan and Sharp, all 2008 IndyCar races will be broadcast via a comprehensive, long-term agreement with ABC Sports/ ESPN. A leader in motorsports technology, the IndyCar Series is the first racing series to power its Honda engines on 100 percent fuel-grade ethanol, a renewable and environmentally-friendly fuel. For more information on the IndyCar Series, please visit www.indycar.com. TICKETS REMAIN for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 16-18, as the NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series all crown champions under the lights. For NASCAR tickets, please call (866) 409-RACE or visit www.RaceTickets.com. For more information, please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.
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