Grand Prix of Miami founder Ralph Sanchez to be honored


The late Ralph Sanchez, who founded the Grand Prix of Miami in 1983 bringing racing to Biscayne Boulevard, will be honored later this month by Miami-Dade.

Sanchez, who passed away in April at age 64, was also a founder of the Homestead-Miami Speedway and helped establish Miami-Dade as one of the premier destinations in auto racing by bringing NASCAR and other Grand Prix races to the area.

Miami-Dade commissioners and Homestead-Miami Speedway will host a 10:30 a.m. ceremony on July 12 to co-designate a portion of Southwest 137 Avenue, between U.S. 1 and Palm Drive Street, as “Ralph Sanchez Speedway Boulevard.”

The co-designation of the avenue honors Sanchez for his invaluable contribution to economic development in Miami-Dade, according to a county news release issued by Commissioner Dennis Moss.

A Cuban exile, who arrived in Miami alone as a child in the early 1960s as part of Operation Pedro Pan, Sanchez became one of auto racing’s most prominent and respected promoters and established South Florida as one of the sport’s premier destinations.

Homestead city officials, racing community representatives and Sanchez’ family will take part in the ceremony.

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