MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida racing fans are stepping up and hearts were racing at Hard Rock Stadium with one day until the inaugural Miami Grand Prix.
Professional racing fever flared up in different parts of Miami-Dade County on Saturday. Whether it’s a quick dash on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, fun racing-themed events, or high-performance street-legal vehicles at Bayfront Park, there’s something for everyone. who wish to participate in Miami Speed Week options.
When asked if they would try out racing simulators at one of the tie-in events, one couple replied in unison: “Absolutely.”
Meanwhile, fans with tickets to Saturday’s Formula 1 qualifying event headed to Hard Rock Stadium.
Some participants said they had never seen an F1 race.
Damiano Cicchinelli said he came from Orlando to join the party.
“[I’m a] a huge engineering on the civilian side, so to see how these cars – all the work that’s been put into it from an engineering point of view and put on the track by the teams is pretty impressive, really,” he said.
Fans who saw races in several different locations gave the inaugural event high marks.
“They try to do like a Monaco, which is also on the coast. You have a lot of yachts, a lot of money, and it’s a party town, so it’s the best place to have it,” said John Jasionowicz, who came from Nashville. “I was just at Daytona, I was in Texas, like, for the first race, I think to make an impression, it feels like they’re doing it pretty well.”
It was a world-class hot event in one of the hottest places, literally and figuratively.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Erika Benitez advises those traveling to outdoor running events to beware of sweltering conditions.
“Heat emergencies can be avoided if you take proactive steps,” she said. “For example, it’s important to drink plenty of cool fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated.”
The Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix will start on Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium from 3:30 p.m. Drivers planning to travel near Hard Rock Stadium are encouraged to allow extra time.
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