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What are some Miami Grand Prix events?

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The Grand Prix of Miami consists of a haphazard schedule of auto races, including the CART Marlboro Challenge All-Star Race, the 300 and IRL IndyCar Races, the Rolex Sports Car Series and Formula 1 racing events. The challenges have undergone a number of changes over the years, with some races being combined, renamed and integrated into other events.

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The Grand Prix of Miami has existed in South Florida in one incarnation or another since 1926. The Automobile Association of America hosted one event in that initial year, the 300-mile AAA Championship Car Race, before the Fulford–Miami Speedway was decimated by the Great Miami Hurricane of 1926.

CART racing became popular in 1985, first taking place on a makeshift street track in Tamiami Park and featuring a famous race-to-the-finish between father and son competitors Al Unser, Jr., and Al Unser, Sr. The event was a Florida fixture until 1988, showcasing the CART Marlboro Challenge All-Star Race during a portion of its heyday. The primary portion of the race layout was destroyed in 1994 to make way for the Florida International University Stadium.

Homestead-Miami Speedway hosted the 300 IndyCar Race from 1996 until 2001, at which point it became the IRL IndyCar Series. In 2007, the weekend-long Speed Jam event absorbed the IndyCar Series as part of a combination race presented in tandem with the Rolex Sports Car Series. In 2015, Formula 1 racing returned to the Miami Grand Prix, re-branded as Formula E racing presented by the Miami ePrix.

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