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Rolex Grand Prix of Miami @ Homestead-Miami Speedway
Pictures, a video clip & visitor info from the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series "Grand Prix of Miami" in Homestead.

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Road To Homestead Track
Line For Penske Team Tent
Team Penske Tent

Like a few thousand other lucky South Florida race fans, I recently received a large envelope in the mail from Team Penske and Marlboro.

It contained a voucher for two free tickets to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series "Grand Prix of Miami" championship race and also the Firestone Indy 300 to be held at the Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 10th 2009.

We arrived at the track about an hour before the Rolex Grand-Am race was scheduled to start at 1 PM. I thought that we had arrived early enough to score two of the "Paddock Passes" being given out by Team Penske to the first 1,500 voucher holders.

The line of race fans with Team Penske free ticket vouchers extended about a quarter mile into the parking lot. So although we didn't get free paddock passes, we did get our free tickets and mesh backpacks, hats and other "Team Penske" stuff.

Spectators Entering
Paddock Area
Race Car Semi Trailers
The winners of the race in the Daytona Prototype class were Joao Barbosa and Hurley Haywood in the Brumos Racing Porsche. Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney in the Gainsco Pontiac placed fourth in the race and won the overall Rolex Grand-AM series championship title. We were able to get up close and personal with the cars by purchasing the $25 paddock passes.
Paddock & Pit Area
Drinkin' Mate Pontiac GXP
Syntec Mazda RX8
One of the best spots to take pictures of the Daytona Prototype and GT Class cars on the track was at the "fish bowl" turn on the road course. I had to stand behind a short fence placed just in front of the permanent safety fence. The safety fence has several small cut outs for the professional photographers. To get an unobstructed shot of the cars, I had to zoom past the first fence and through the cut out in the safety fence.
Acxiom Pontiac GXP
# 87 Porsche GT3
Axa Porsche # 56
This 2009 Grand American Sports Car Series season ending championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway was sponsored by Rolex Watches and Crown Royal Cask No. 16. 
"The Fish Bowl" Turn
Gainsco Pontiac
Marquis Jet Porsche
Some of the other racing teams in attendance included Pruett / Rojas (Ganassi Lexus), Negri / Patterson (Shank Ford), Donohue / Law (Brumos Porsche), Angelelli / Frisselle (SunTrust Ford), Frisselle / Wilkins (AIM Autosport Ford), Taylor / Taylor (Beyer Chevrolet), Bernhard / Dumas (Penske Porsche Riley), Dalziel / Von Moltke (Orbit BMW), Garcia / Rice (Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote), Pew / Valiante (Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley), Collins / Edwards / Reese (Drinkin' Mate Pontiac GXP.R), Keen / Warner (Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3), Potter / Pumpelly (TRG Porsche GT3), and Ham / Tremblay (Speedsource Mazda RX-8).
# 65 Magnus Porsche
Daytona Prototype Car
# 55 Dinan BMW
# 60 Ford
# 59 Brumos Porsche
# 2 Gentleman Jack
Lennox Team Chevy

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"Polizei" Porsche
# 12 Verizon Wireless
# 10 SunTrust Ford
# 01 Telmex Lexus
During the race, I captured a series of short video clips with my Canon S5 IS digital camera. I edited these together into one short movie that can be viewed by clicking on the blue link below. The video is encoded in the Windows Media Video (WMV) format, runs about 3 minutes long, and has a file size of 43 MB. To download the video to your hard drive, right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As".

Rolex Sports Car Series "Grand Prix of Miami" Race Video @ Homestead-Miami Speedway

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# 22 Vitalz Dinan BMW
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Pirelli Tires Promo Tent
Grand-Am Semi Trailer
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Paddock Area Spectators
For the rest of the pictures, please click on the "Next" or "Last" buttons below to advance to the other two gallery pages. To see my photo gallery from the Indy Car Racing League event, visit the following link: Firestone Indy 300 - 10/10/09.

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