Rolex Joins HMS Championship Festivities

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Homestead-Miami Speedway will be the track of championships in 2009, and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 will be part of the festivities.

The Rolex Series returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway on a new date next year, as the Oct. 10 Grand Prix of Miami will be part of a new weekend announced during a press conference Saturday by Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray. The conference featured the championship trophies from the five series - with the 300-pound Trophy of the Americas dominating the group.

The Rolex Series finale will be run on the challenging Homestead-Miami Speedway road course. It will be followed that evening by the Miami Indy 300, held under the lights in the final race of the IndyCar Series.

With Nov. 20-22 Ford Championship Weekend again wrapping up the titles for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, Homestead-Miami Speedway will crown an unprecedented five champions in 2009.

"This is a moment on par with any announcement in recent motorsports history," Gray said. "Because this is more than a South Florida celebration; this is international motorsports history. As host to the championship finales of the IndyCar Series, Grand-Am and NASCAR, Homestead-Miami Speedway is irrefutably the Championship Track."

The Rolex Series has competed at Homestead-Miami Speedway since its inaugural 2000 season, while the IndyCar Series has raced at the track since 2002. In recent years, the Grand Prix of Miami was the second or third event on the Rolex Series schedule, while the companion race opened the IndyCar Series season.

"Grand-Am is universally regarded as one of the world's most competitive road racing organizations," Gray said. "That both Grand-Am and IndyCar have chosen to move their championships to Homestead-Miami Speedway says more about our facility and Miami as a championship host city than anything I can put into words.

"There is not another city in the country that hosts a major national championship year-in and year out - not the Super Bowl, not the World Series, not the NBA Finals and not the Stanley Cup," Gray added. "As host to NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend since 2002, Miami is the only city in America to annually host the championship of any major sport."

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