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2008 Miami Grand Prix Good As It Gets!

19 February 2008

Miami Beach, Fla. - Rivalries and rematches will be the order of the day when racing beings on Thursday March 6 off of South Beach. At press time over 60 boats from 13 different countries had entered the 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix. The competition promises to be fierce and world class.

Over 20 Melges 32s, teeming with international talent and world champions, make up this extraordinary grand prix fleet.

Class championships and bragging rights for this four day, 10-race regatta are not all that is at stake. The Acura Grand Prix trophies for the best combined Key West and Miami scores will be awarded at the conclusion of racing.

January's Key West event set the stage for the 2008 Acura Grand Prix trophies. These prestigious awards debuted in 2005, recognizing the top performing boats with the best combined score from the celebrated Key West and Miami regattas. The Melges 32 class is eligible.

"In recent years, winning in Key West has been one of the paramount achievements for sailing in this country. Now the level of competition in Miami is equally as high," Event Director Peter Craig said. "Winning the Acura Grand Prix Trophy demonstrates excellence on a very consistence basis against the best in the world."

Here's how things look heading into the regatta:

Melges 32s (21 boats)
Is there a closer three boat rivalry around than that of Jeff Ecklund's Star (USA), Mike Carroll's New Wave (USA) and Claudio Recchi's Let's Roll (Italy)?

Placing 1, 2 and 4 at Acura Key West in January and 2, 3 and 1 at last year's Acura Miami Grand Prix respectively, these top tier crews will again be keeping tabs on one another. Last year, Recchi was unbeatable, winning Key West and Miami and the combined Acura Grand Prix trophy.

Seven of the top ten Key West boats will resume racing in the waters off Miami Beach.

Melges 32
1. Star, Jeff Ecklund - 25 points
2. New Wave, Mike Carroll and Marty Kullman - 27 points
3. Let's Roll, Claudio Recchi - 34 points
4. Arkle, John Sherlock - 41 points
5. Pinta, Michael Illbruck - 47 points

Information, details and results on the 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix will be posted on the Premiere Racing web site: www.Premiere-Racing.com

MEDIA ADVISORY AND REGISTRATION (PDF)

Acura has been the proud title sponsor and Official Vehicle of the Miami Grand Prix, Miami Race Week and the SORC for the previous 8 years. They are joined by supporting sponsors Mount Gay Rum (Official Rum) and SLAM (Official Technical Gear and Retailer).

The Miami Beach Marina is the Official Site for this 2008 grand prix event. The Avalon and South Seas Hotels are the Official Host Hotels.
 
Event details, entries and past results are available at www.Premiere-Racing.com

Shake-A-Leg Miami is the official charity of both the Acura Miami Grand Prix and Acura Key West. For information about them please visit:www.ShakeALegMiami.org
 
Acura Key West 2008 and the 2008 Acura Miami Grand Prix are US Sailing sanctioned events.


About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced luxury performance vehicles through a nationwide network of more than 260 dealers throughout the United States. The 2008 Acura lineup features five distinctive models, the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL premium performance sedan, the TSX premium sport sedan, the turbo-charged RDX premium sport CUV and the award-winning MDX premium performance CUV. For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit www.acura.com. For media inquiries, please go to www.acuranews.com.

* RL luxury performance sedan
* TL premium performance sedan
* TSX premium sport sedan
* MDX premium performance CUV
* RDX premium sport CUV

Event details, entries and past results are available at www.Premiere-Racing.com


For more information on Premiere Racing, 2008 Acura Grand Prix, and its Sponsors and Partners:
Premiere Racing, Inc.
67B Front Street, Marblehead, MA, 01945
Tel: (781) 639-9545 Fax: (781) 639-9171
Email: Info@Premiere-Racing.com
Web Site: www.Premiere-Racing.com


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