South Florida residents Ernie Francis Jr., Justin Sirgany and
Vincent Khristov set to participate in event
MIAMI— Homestead-Miami Speedway will play host to the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli, as well as the F4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda on April 8-9 in a joint event which will bring two high-energy road racing series to South Florida in one weekend. The event will feature Trans Am competition in each of the TA, TA2, TA3 and TA4 classes with more than 60 cars participating. The F4 U.S. Championship will include a field of more than 30 drivers in its open-wheel races.
Three-time TA4 champion Ernie Francis, Jr., who grew up in Davie, Florida, will compete in the Trans Am portion of the event. After winning last year’s TA4 championship, Francis Jr. has moved up to the TA class for the 2017 campaign. He will take on a field of more than 20 TA class competitors from across the country on Homestead-Miami Speedway’s modified 2.3-mile road course. Last October, Francis Jr. won the TA4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway from the pole position.
The F4 U.S. series will have two rookie participants who hail from South Florida in the event. Jamaican driver Justin Sirgany, who resides in Miami, will be competing for Global Racing Group, while Vincent Khristov of Delray Beach will be racing for the Indy Motorsport Group.
The weekend will commence on Saturday, April 8, with gates opening at 8:00 a.m. Practice sessions will run from 8:00 – 11:40 a.m. in both series. Qualifying will follow the practice session with F4 U.S. starting at 11:50 a.m. and Trans Am beginning at 1:30 p.m. The green flag in Race 1 of the F4 U.S. series will be waved at 3:30 p.m.
On Sunday, April 9, gates will open at 9:00 a.m. with Race 2 of the F4 U.S. series commencing at 10:15 a.m. The TA2 race will follow at 11:00 a.m., while the TA/TA3/TA4 race will start at 1:15 p.m. Race 3 of the F4 U.S. series will begin at 3:30 p.m., offering fans nearly four hours of racing throughout the day.
General admission tickets are available for purchase in advance of the event at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com for $10 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday. Two-day passes can also be purchased online for $20.
General admission tickets will be available at the gate on the day of the event. Infield tickets are $15 on Saturday and $20 on Sunday. Two-day passes purchased at the gate are $25. Children 12 years and younger are admitted for free on both days. Parking is free all weekend and will be located in the infield on Main Street and Road Course South (east portion).
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. In 2016, NASCAR celebrated its 15-year anniversary (2002-16) of crowning champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016 were Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), Daniel Suarez (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Johnny Sauter (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). 2017 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 17-19.
About the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli
Trans Am: Ernie Francis, Jr. of Davie, Florida competes in Trans Am competition. (Photo Credit: Chris Clark)
The Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli, began igniting the passion of motorsports fans across the world in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest names in road racing. Today, Trans Am continues to honor its legacy, while challenging the status quo in racing, through meaningful racing platforms and a driver-oriented focus. The Trans Am Series is operated by The Trans Am Race Company, LLC (TARC), and oversees the management and marketing of the Trans Am Series, presented by Pirelli. SCCA Pro Racing sanctions Trans Am events and provides operations services to the Series.
About the SCCA Pro Racing F4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda
FIA F4 is designed as entry-level open-wheel racing for participants, around a contemporary, modern, cost conscious formula. SCCA Pro Racing and its chosen partners that embrace these ideals and support this vision with appropriate technology and products. The selected F4 powerplant is a production based engine currently powering the Honda Civic® Type R® recently launched in Europe, tuned to meet FIA-mandated output of approximately 160 Hp. The engine and the ECU are sealed to provide parity and compliance.