The Return of the Red Dragon for Saturday’s Grand Prix of Miami; $25 Tix
The GRAND-AM Series features two classes of cars racing simultaneously in the Grand Prix of Miami (photo courtesy: GRAND-AM Media)
Forecast for Saturday’s Grand Prix of Miami on Saturday: High 70s/Sunny
MEET THE DEMPSEY RACING DRIVERS (9:30 AM to 10:15 AM)
Dempsey Racing, the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing, and the Team Seattle guild of the Seattle Children’s Hospital again have partnered with Homestead-Miami Speedway on a fundraising ticket package ($40) for the March 5 Grand Prix of Miami that salutes the Dempsey Racing No. 40 and No. 41 Mazda RX-8 GTs and includes:
► Ticket to the Saturday, March 5 “Grand Prix of Miami”/“Kia 200” at Homestead-Miami Speedway
► Exclusive group meet-and-greet on race day with competing Dempsey Racing drivers
► $20 donation to Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing and Seattle Children’s Hospital
► Garage Access to driver garages
► Dempsey Racing-autographed team hero card
► Package available by calling (866) 409-RACE or click
FREE DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION (10 AM to 10:45 AM)
All fans with tickets are invited to visit the team transporters inside the GRAND-AM garages for autographs from the Rolex Sports Car Series drivers.
PIT WALK (11 AM to 11:40 AM)
Walk Pit Road and the starting-lineup grid just minutes before the green flag drops on the 2011 “Grand Prix of Miami.” Drivers, crew members and the actual race cars will be positioned in pit stalls and accessible to fans for photos and driver interaction.
PRE-RACE CEREMONIES (11:40 AM to 11:55 AM)
From the Pit Walk, head to Victory Lane to join the “Grand Prix of Miami” Grand Marshal in voicing the four most famous words in motorsports: “Gentlemen, start your engines!” Also included in Pre-Race Ceremonies from Victory Lane: singing of the national anthem, invocation and presentation of colors.
TURN 1 FAN ENTERTAINMENT VILLAGE (ALL DAY)
In addition to more than six hours of racing, Homestead-Miami Speedway welcomes guests to the Turn 1 Entertainment Village—a fan zone that will feature music and dance contests, GRAND-AM’s interactive display, a Miami Dolphins football toss, a Miami Seaquarium exhibit, KISS Country radio, food and beverage, and additional amenities.
GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI PREVIEW
Daytona Prototypes and GT-class machines will fight for track position as the two classes compete simultaneously on Saturday for Victory Lane. This two-and-half- hour battle of man and machine will play out on the highly demanding and technical road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway. For tickets at just $25, click here or call (866) 409-RACE.
The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series attracts a diverse driver lineup from all racing disciplines around the world.
GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI QUALIFYING
This afternoon, Jon Fogarty took a first step towards GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing’s goal of changing its luck at Homestead-Miami Speedway, capturing the pole position for Saturday’s “Grand Prix of Miami,” set for a 12 p.m. green flag in Race 2 of the 2011 GRAND-AM campaign.
Coming out on top of a highly competitive qualifying session, Fogarty captured his record-extending 17th career pole position in a Daytona Prototype with a lap of 1:13.655 (112.416 mph) in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet/Riley co-driven by Alex Gurney. He will be joined on the front row by Memo Rojas, who is seeking his fifth consecutive GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley co-driven by Scott Pruett. The top seven DPs were separated by less than one second; the top six all featured different engine-chassis combinations.
“We want to put this place to rest—we want to win here—and this is a good start,” Fogarty said. “Our engineers made good calls between our last practice and [qualifying]….We have a good race car.”
In qualifying for Saturday’s GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge “Kia 200” (4:15 p.m. green flag), Nick Longhi gave Miami-based Rum Bum Racing a head start towards extending its three-race winning streak, winning the pole position with a lap of 1:25.994 (96.286 mph) in the No. 13 BMW M3 co-driven by Matt Plumb.
“This team is a machine,” Longhi said after capturing his second consecutive pole. “It’s not as easy as it looks, and I’d be crazy to believe that some luck isn’t involved. We are running our butts off.”
ROLEX: Top 3 Daytona Prototypes (DP)
1. Jon Fogarty/AlexGurney – 112.416 mph
2. Boris Said/Eric Curran – 103.112 mph
3. Paul Edwards/Antonio Garcia – 112.061mph
ROLEX: Top 3 Grand Touring (GT)
1. Jan Magnussen/Robin Liddell – 103.796 mph
2. Memo Rojas/Scott Pruett – 112.137 mph
3. Dane Cameron/James Gue – 102.789 mph
CONTINENTAL: Top 3 Grand Sport (GS)
1. Nick Longhi/Matt Plumb – 96.286 mph
2. Jack Roush Jr./Billy Johnson – 96.188 mph
3. Matt Bell/John Edwards – 95.983 mph
CONTINENTAL: Top 3 Street Tuner (ST)
1. Jocelyn Hebert/Daniel Blanchette – 89.815 mph
2. Mark Pombo/Mathew Pombo – 89.800 mph
3. Eric Foss/Brad Rampelberg – 89.761 mph
Tickets for Saturday’s “Grand Prix of Miami” and “Kia 200” are $25, and kids 12 & under are FREE. In addition, all tickets (adult and children) include paddock access, parking is FREE, and fans are welcome to bring in their own food and drink in coolers measuring as large as 14x14x14 (with unlimited re-entry to the Speedway to allow for restocking from tailgates). For tickets and more information, visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE.