GRAND-AM Sports Cars Headline Spring Racing at Homestead-Miami
South Florida based SpeedSource Race Engineering competes in the Grand Touring class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series (photo courtesy: Darrell Ingham, Getty Images Sport)
This March, Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as host to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series’ “Grand Prix of Miami” weekend—with the Daytona Prototypes and Grand Touring classes both set to run in South Florida on March 4-5—and tickets are on sale now.
The “Grand Prix of Miami” takes center stage on the 2.3-mile road course as Race 2 of the 2011 GRAND-AM campaign. Adult tickets start at $25, and all kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. In addition, all tickets include paddock access and FREE parking. For more info, call (866) 409-RACE or visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.
“The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is the No. 1 road-racing circuit in America, and with a $25 ticket we’re inviting you into the garages,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matt Becherer. “By including paddock access with the purchase of a ticket, fans can walk Pit Road to take pictures of the drivers and their cars up until just minutes before the starting command. We also invite fans to bring their own food and drink, and will continue our policy of admitting all kids 12 and under FREE of charge.”
Indeed, Homestead-Miami Speedway has adjusted its bring-your-own food/beverage policy to allow fans to enter the Speedway with soft-sided coolers measuring up to 14x14x14 inches—six times the previous dimension limits (6x6x12 inches)—as well as to re-enter the parking lots from the grandstands to restock.
The “Grand Prix of Miami” debuted in 1983 in Miami’s Bayfront Park and moved to Homestead-Miami Speedway in 1995. Drivers who have competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series include NASCAR Champions Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch; IndyCar Champions Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon; South Florida-residents Juan Pablo Montoya (NASCAR Sprint Cup star) and Helio Castroneves (Indy 500 winner-turned-“Dancing with the Stars” Champion); and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey.
On March 5 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas—winners of the 2010 GRAND-AM Championship—look to pick up where Ganassi’s IndyCar team left off this fall in South Florida, as Ganassi netted his 12th Championship as an owner.