Homestead-Miami Speedway Track News Archive

    Jimmie Johnson wins at Homestead and the CHAMPIONSHIP: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the FORD EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 5th win of the season, 1st ever win at Homestead and 80th career win in NASCAR Overtime as the race was extended one lap for a late accident. #42-Kyle Larson, who led the most laps with 132, led the race when the final caution came out, setting up NASCAR Overtime. On the restart, #48-Johnson rocketed to the front, took the lead and kept the lead winning the race and the Championship / Chase. Johnson led 3 of the 368 laps. Johnson won his record tying 7th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, tying NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt with 7. #48-Jimmie Johnson had to start at the rear of the field before the drop of the green flag for unapproved body modifications after going through pre-race tech inspection. #42-Lason (who led the most laps at 132) finished 2nd followed by #4-Harvick (pole winner), #22-Logano, #1-McMurray, #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #47-Allmendinger, #11-Hamlin and #59-McDowell. #14-Tony Stewart, running his final Cup race, finished 22nd #44-Brian Scott, retiring after this race, finished 15th Chase Drivers: #48-Johnson, WON #22-Logano 4th #18-Busch 6th #19-Edwards 34th/accident On a restart with 10 laps to go in the race, #22-Joey Logano shot deep to the inside in an attempt to pass #19-Carl Edwards for the lead among the championship contenders. Edwards reacted quickly and decisively, turning his car to the left in an attempt to block Logano. Logano didn't lift, and chaos ensued. Logano shoved Edwards into the inside wall. Edwards' Toyota bounced across the track, was hit hard by Kasey Kahne and slammed into the outside wall. The wreck involved nine cars [2,5,7,19,22,24,31,78,95] and caused a red flag of 31 minutes and nine seconds as track workers cleared the mess. Edwards refused to take an ambulance ride to the infield care center, instead choosing to make the long, sad walk. Along the way, he stopped at Logano's pit and talked to Logano crew chief Todd Gordon and other members of the team. Edwards' smashed car didn't finish the race. He wound up fourth of the four Championship 4 competitors. There were 20 lead changes among 6 drivers and 7 cautions for 33 yellow flag laps and a 31:09 red flag. The average speed of the race was: 128.869mph. See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at: Unofficial Race Results (pdf) Lap Summary Report (pdf) Penalty Report (pdf) (11-20-2016) Actor Wilmer Valderrama named Honorary Starter for FORD EcoBoost 400: With the excitement of the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race, November 20, rapidly mounting, the list of dignitaries for the Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race also continues to grow. NCIS Star Wilmer Valderrama will have the role of Honorary Starter for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Valderrama currently stars in the number one drama "NCIS" on CBS as special agent Nick Torres. He can also be seen in Netflix's comedy "The Ranch." The "That '70s Show" alum most recently co-starred on Fox's "Minority Report" and recurred on "Grey's Anatomy" and "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series." On the film side, Valderrama appeared in indie dramas "To Whom It May Concern "and "The Adderall Diaries," opposite Amber Heard and James Franco and will next voice 'Prince Charming' in the John H. Williams animated film "Charming." "I've always been a fan of racing so being an Honorary Starter for a NASCAR race is incredible," said Valderrama. "I'm looking forward to waving the green flag and hearing the cars fly by as they compete for the 2016 Sprint Cup Series championship."(HMS)(11-19-2016) Ford EcoBoost 400 Officially Sold Out: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced a grandstand sellout for the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race on Sunday. The event has sold out each of the last three years. "Ford Championship Weekend continues to grow in stature each year, and having sold out the Ford EcoBoost 400 three years in-a-row is a testament to that," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. "Not only do we have world class racing with Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards competing for a championship amongst a full field of drivers, but we also offer outstanding entertainment as well, including the pre-race concert by The Band Perry. Championship weekend should provide tremendous excitement for the entire family as we celebrate the final race in the Chase for all three NASCAR national series, beginning with the Camping World Truck Series Championship race tonight followed by the XFINITY Series Championship race on Saturday." A limited number of Sunday tickets still remain for seats in the infield Pit Road Cabanas, in addition to spots in the FanVision Fan Zone, where four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will be holding a Q & A on Sunday at 12:30pm. Tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series Championship race tonight at 8:00 p.m. as well as the Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series Championship race on Saturday 3:30 p.m. are still available and can be purchased by calling (305) 230-5255, or online at HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS)(11-18-2016) "Deadliest Catch" star named Grand Marshal for XFINITY race at Homestead: Ford Championship Weekend is in full swing, and to celebrate the XFINITY Series championship race on Saturday, Homestead-Miami Speedway announced Johnathan Hillstrand, star of the show "Deadliest Catch," as the Grand Marshall for the Ford EcoBoost 300. Hillstrand, who was born and raised in Homer, Alaska, is a third generation fisherman and the captain of the F/V Time Bandit. Hillstrand has been on commercial fishing vessels since the age of three and began commercial fishing at the age of 17. Apart from fishing, Hillstrand is an entrepreneur and operates Time Bandit Fireworks, Time Bandit Entertainment, Time Bandit Productions, and The Time Bandit Gear Store.(Homestead Miami Speedway)(11-18-2016) TV Actor Justin Hartley named Grand Marshal for the Ford EcoBoost 400: To match the championship aura of Ford Championship Weekend, November 18-20, Homestead-Miami Speedway has named NBC's "This Is Us" actor Justin Hartley as Grand Marshal for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 20. Hartley will give the famous command of "Drivers, start your engines!" just before the green flag waves for the NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship race. Hartley, who was born and raised in Illinois, has starred in multiple hit TV series, including his role as billionaire superhero Oliver Queen in the long running series "Smallville" on CW. The television actor has also appeared on ABC's popular TV show "Revenge" and CBS's soap opera "The Young and the Restless." Hartley can now be seen co-starring on NBC's #1 new fall show "This Is Us.". "As a huge NASCAR fan, I'm both excited and honored to be named Grand Marshal of the Ford EcoBoost 400," said Hartley. "I'm very much looking forward to a wonderful weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. I want to thank NASCAR and Matthew Becherer for this great opportunity!" Tickets for NASCAR's 2016 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS)(11-15-2016) Koda the Cheetah to make Championship pick Tuesday: To kick off Ford Championship Weekend, at 10:30am/et on Tuesday, November 15th, Zoo Miami, in partnership with Homestead-Miami Speedway, will host an event that will feature "Koda," a 4-year old cheetah from South Africa. For the second straight year, Koda will serve as Zoo Miami's official "Wildlife Prognosticator" and make his prediction as to who will win this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship! The Championship 4 drivers who will compete for the 2016 Sprint Cup Championship are Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, defending champion Kyle Busch and six-time champion Jimmie Johnson. The champion will be decided at this year's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. Koda will be presented with smaller model replicas of each of the four finalist's cars. He will then make his prediction by going to and touching the car he believes will be this year's winner! Cheetahs are the world's fastest land animal with the ability of going from 0-60 mph in four seconds! With less than 12,000 believed to exist in the wild, these highly endangered cats are found in isolated pockets of Eastern and Southern Africa. Zoo Miami's Cheetah Ambassador Program has been in existence for nearly 20 years and has provided countless individuals around the country to connect with these beautiful cats in an effort to protect them for generations to come.(HMS)(11-15-2016) iHeartMedia and Homestead-Miami Speedway Enter into Partnership: Ford Championship Weekend, which will be held next weekend, November 18-20 at Homestead-Miami, has plenty to offer the plethora of fans who attend each year, as champions are determined in all three of NASCAR's premier series over the course of three days. Similarly, Miami's iHeartMedia family of stations gives listeners an abundance of options as well. Whether it's country, classic rock, contemporary, hip-hop, R&B, news/talk or sports, iHeartMedia has been a mainstay over the South Florida airwaves for many years. Now the two entities are partnering to offer both of its fan basses even more, as iHeart will become the exclusive on-site radio partner of Homestead-Miami Speedway. As an exclusive radio partner, iHeart will be doing live remotes from Homestead-Miami Speedway during 2016 Ford Championship Weekend. In addition the Tailgate Zone at the track will now be renamed the "iHeart Tailgate Zone," while iHeart will also be the presenting sponsor for the Smithfield Entertainment Stage, one of the many entertainment areas available to fans during the course of Ford Championship Weekend. In addition to this partnership, as an affiliate of Motor Racing Network (MRN), iHeart will carry the MRN broadcast of the Ford EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup championship race on both WINZ (940 AM) and 93.5 The Bull on Sunday, November 20. Tickets for 2016 Ford Championship Weekend, which will be held November 18-20, are available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS)(11-10-2016) Jencarlos Canela to sing National Anthem at Homestead: The stage is almost set both on and off the track for 2016 Ford Championship Weekend, as Miami Native Jencarlos Canela will sing the National Anthem prior to NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on November 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Canela has recorded three studio albums - Un Nuevo Dia, Jen and Buscame, which entered the Latin album charts at #1 and was certified gold within weeks of its release. Canela's impressive singing career also includes the highly anticipated single "Baby," which reached platinum in 2016, and his previous diamond single "Bajito" that reached #1 on the radio in Puerto Rico and landed in the top 10 of Billboard's Latin Pop charts in the United States and Mexico. In addition, Canela recently released his newest hit "Pa'que Me Invitan," which has more than 15 million views on YouTube. Currently, Canela is working on his English album debut for Universal and Republic Records. The Latin pop singer has also starred in multiple television productions, including leading roles in five Telenovelas, two Feature Films and the lead role of 'Jesus Christ' in the two-hour musical event, "The Passion."(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(11-8-2016) Furniture Row Racing skipping Homestead test: A notable championship contender - possibly the early favorite - will be absent from next week's test at Homestead-Miami Speedway, whose Nov. 20 season finale will decide the Sprint Cup title. Furniture Row Racing won't bring Martin Truex Jr.'s #78 Toyota to the Oct. 18-19 session at the 1.5-mile oval. A team spokesman said the test was removed from the team's schedule last week and didn't know the reason. Homestead-Miami Speedway will play host to the last of several "organizational tests" scheduled by NASCAR during the season. In an organizational test, which isn't mandatory, only one car per organization is permitted to participate. As a single-car team, Furniture Row Racing wouldn't have been in the predicament of having to choose who would test among multiple contenders, which is the case with Joe Gibbs Racing and its four Chase-eligible drivers. Every other remaining championship contender will be represented at Homestead-Miami Speedway next week: Team Penske (#2-Brad Keselowski), Hendrick Motorsports (#24-Chase Elliott), Stewart-Haas Racing (#41-Kurt Busch), Joe Gibbs Racing (#19-Carl Edwards), Richard Childress Racing (#3-Austin Dillon).(NBC Sports)(10-13-2016) The Band Perry performing prior to Homestead race: Hot off the release of their new single "Comeback Kid," Grammy Award-winning superstar sibling trio - The Band Perry - will make a special live performance prior to this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race. The Band Perry will be featured in Homestead-Miami Speedway's pre-race show, which airs on Countdown to Green on NBC that Sunday. The Band Perry, which consists of siblings Kimberly Perry, Neil Perry and Reid Perry, are an unstoppable presence in music. The trio has released two studio albums, The Band Perry (2010) and Pioneer (2013). Their first album went certified platinum and included the sextuple-platinum chart-topper, "If I Die Young," the platinum-selling "You Lie" and "All Your Life (a #1 single). Their second album Pioneer was certified gold and also featured two No. 1 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. They are currently putting the finishing touches on their third studio album.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(9-22-2016) Homestead-Miami Speedway accepting grant applications: Homestead-Miami Speedway's charitable outreach program, Driving for a Cause is now accepting applications for financial gifts to be awarded to eligible 501(c) (3) charities as part of its 2016 grant program. Applications can be found at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/DrivingForACause.(HMS)(7-5-2016) Homestead Miami Speedway asks court to reverse city approval of residential development: Homestead Miami Speedway is noisy, holds events at night and draws traffic. Its operators are worried that if homes are built nearby, new residents will complain so much that the track could be shut down. So they have petitioned the court to stop a housing development that the Homestead City Commission recently approved. The Speedway, which sits less than a mile from the planned subdivision and hosts a number of auto races, including a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, appealed the council's vote by filing a petition this month with the appellate division of the circuit court. "We are very similar to an airport. If residents move too close to us, they'll start complaining about noise and traffic, and that will have an adverse effect on our business," said the Speedway's vice president, Al Garcia. The area doesn't have any homes right now. Its tenants include the Speedway, Homestead Air Reserve Base and a beer warehouse, ringed by the Park of Commerce and commercial, mixed-use and other zoning that provide a buffer between the speedway and homes. The issue is a development that the City Council approved in May. Developer Wayne Rosen proposed building single family homes in and next to the industrially zoned Park of Commerce. He also asked the city to change the definition of mixed-use so that he wouldn't have to build a combination of commercial, multi-family and single-family homes, but instead could build any of those categories without building all of them.(Miami Herald)(6-30-2016) Homestead tickets on sale May 4: Last year, the sold-out crowd on hand for the Ford EcoBoost 400 witnessed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history when Kyle Busch earned the first Sprint Cup Series title of his career. This year, Ford Championship Weekend returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway, November 18-20, to once again make its mark on history as NASCAR crowns champions in the Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series. Tickets for the three-day championship event will go on sale to the public starting on Wednesday, May 4. For the first time in Homestead-Miami Speedway history, four drivers will be vying for a championship on Friday in the Ford EcoBoost 200, Saturday in the Ford EcoBoost 300 and Sunday in the Ford EcoBoost 400. With the prominent success of NASCAR's refurbished playoff format in the Sprint Cup Series, which was instituted in 2014, the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series have adopted similar Chase formats starting this year, which will also feature four drivers competing for a championship amongst a full field in each series. Ford Championship Weekend will commence on Friday, November 18 at 8:00pm with the Camping World Truck Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 200. Then on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30pm, the XFINITY Series will hold its championship finale, the Ford EcoBoost 300.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(4-23-2016) Homestead-Miami partners with Diamonette: For nearly 30 years Diamonette Party Rentals has provided championship service for its customers throughout South Florida. It's only fitting that the Doral-based company is now the official party rental company for Homestead-Miami Speedway, as the two recently entered into a multi-year partnership. Diamonette has serviced the South Florida track since its inception in 1995, and this agreement now expands on that relationship. This includes a major presence during Ford Championship Weekend, which will be held November 18-20, 2016, as NASCAR once again crowns its champions in South Florida, as it has done each year since 2002. "Diamonette has been providing impeccable service throughout South Florida for nearly 30 years, and as our Ford Championship Weekend has grown over the years, they have been able to respond to our expanding needs," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. "The quality of their work and services is not only evident to us, but also by everyone who comes through our gates for Championship Weekend and for the many other events we host during the year. They are first-class in everything that they do."(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(1-15-2016) NASCAR defends late-race debris caution in Homestead finale: NASCAR defended its late-race caution Sunday, saying there was a piece of metal on the track, which created led to the final restart. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, told "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that the piece of metal was spotted by an official on the flagstand and confirmed via camera, causing the final caution and negating #18-Kyle Busch's significant lead. Busch took off on the final restart and cruised to the win and the Sprint Cup championship. O'Donnell explained the situation with debris cautions in general and the final caution in particular. "We've got multiple spotters out there,'' O'Donnell said, noting officials are positioned around the track. "If fans could go back and replay the radio chatter up to the tower during that race, I'm going to say we had upwards of 100 different reports from drivers calling in debris - many of them about to fall a lap down. We've got to vet a lot of that. We're certainly going to rely on our spotters, who call something in. We've got 20 different camera angles we can look at. We can zoom in on anywhere on the track. Rest assured, we know the stakes are very high and in that situation in the final caution our flagman saw metal right below him in the groove. We looked and we confirmed that it was there and made the call. A car ended up hitting it as they were going around so it went down to the yellow portion of the track. I know television showed a water bottle unfortunately but then came back. When there is metal on the track we're going to make the call each and every time.''(NBC Sports)(11-23-2015) Kyle Busch wins at Homestead AND the Championship: #18-Kyle Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway for his 5th win of the season, 1st win at Homestead, 2nd Chase race win (first since 2005) and 34th career win. Busch led 41 of the 267 laps. With the win, Busch won the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, his first, beating out #4-Kevin Harvick, who finished 2nd. It is the 4th Sprint Cup Series Championship for Joe Gibbs Racing, the first for sponsor M&M's Mars, first for rookie crew chief Adam Stevens and first driver championship for Toyota. Kyle and Kurt Busch are the second set of brothers to win the Sprint Cup Series Championship, the first were Terry and Bobby Labonte. With Busch's win at Homestead, there are only four tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs out that Busch has not won a Sprint Cup Series race at: Kansas, Martinsville, Charlotte and Pocono. The race was rain delayed for about one and a half hours, with the green flag waving at 4:50pm/et. #4-Harvick finished 2nd (for the 13th time in 2015 and 44th runner-up finish in his career) followed by #2-Keselowski (led the most laps, 86), #22-Logano, #42-Larson, #24-Gordon, #20-Kenseth, #41-Busch, #48-Johnson and #11-Hamlin (pole winner). The four drivers in the CHAMPIONSHIP RACE of The Chase finished: #18-Kyle Busch, won the race #4-Kevin Harvick, 2nd #24-Jeff Gordon, 6th #78-Martin Truex Jr., 12th There were 18 lead changes among 9 drivers and 7 cautions for 30 yellow flag laps. The average speed was 131.755mph. See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf). See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(11-22-2015) NASCAR Fans to Perform Card Stunt, Thanking Jeff Gordon: The NASCAR industry is deep into preparations for this Sunday's Sprint Cup Series championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which will be the final ride in the storied career of Jeff Gordon, one of the most iconic figures in NASCAR history. Fans in attendance at Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400, which will start at 3:00 p.m., will have the unique opportunity to send a special message to Jeff Gordon with a card stunt throughout the grandstands at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fans sitting in grandstand sections 206 through 254 will be asked to perform two card stunts prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400, and are encouraged to get to their seats no later than 2:45 p.m. to participate. Cards will be attached to the seats prior to gates opening on Sunday. Card stunt leaders at the base of each section will hold up cue cards when it is time to perform each stunt, and PA announcements as well as cues on Sprint Vision screens will also let fans know when it is time to perform the stunt. There will be two card stunts during the pace laps of the Ford EcoBoost 400. The first will be a special message to Jeff Gordon, and the second will showcase the Championship 4 drivers. Fans are also encouraged to share their photos and memories of Jeff Gordon via social media, using the hashtag #24ever. Homestead-Miami Speedway will have a "Thank You, Jeff" banner for fans to write their well wishes to Gordon, located in the Fanatics Trackside Superstore.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(11-22-2015) Zachary Levi to sing National Anthem in Ford 400: Zachary Levi, star of NBC's Heroes Reborn, will complement the celebrity dignitaries at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Ford Championship Weekend, as it was announced Levi will sing the National Anthem prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship finale on Sunday. Levi adds to the impressive lineup of dignitaries for the Ford EcoBoost 400, along with NBC News Anchor Hoda Kotb, who will serve as the Grand Marshal. In addition, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, Mark Fields, will waive the green flag as the Honorary Starter for the Ford EcoBoost 400 and bring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship field to green for 400.5 miles at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Homestead-Miami Speedway will host the season-ending races in the NASCAR's three premier series - the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series. Tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 200 and Ford EcoBoost 300 still remain, and can be purchased by calling (305) 230-5255 or by visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com. The Ford EcoBoost 400 is officially sold out and will be broadcast on NBC at 3:00pm/et.(HMS)(11-20-2015) Homestead-Miami Speedway reinforcing existing security procedures: With thousands converging on South Florida for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend and Sunday's Dolphins-Cowboys game, fans can expect a beefed-up security presence in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The big event of this weekend in South Florida will be at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where three days of racing will culminate in Sunday's sold-out Ford EcoBoost 400 for the Sprint Cup Series championship. The track issued a statement Tuesday concerning security: "We are presently in close communication with the FBI and Homeland Security related to the recent tragic incidents in Paris and other locations worldwide. We have taken measures to reinforce our existing security procedures for Ford Championship Weekend. Should they provide us with additional recommendations, we will act accordingly." Precautions are warranted in light of attacks in Paris directed at a concert hall and the premier soccer stadium during an international match where an attacker wearing a suicide vest attempted to gain entry and was turned away by security.(South Florida Sun-Sentinel)(11-19-2015) Homestead-Miami Speedway introduces "Banana Caramel Champanada": New for the 2015 Ford Championship Weekend, Homestead-Miami Speedway is introducing a specialty food item: the "Banana Caramel Champanada." A dessert twist on an empanada, the Champanada is a banana-lover's dream. The Champanada consists of caramelized plantains in fresh-made banana pudding, wrapped in a crisp, flaky crust, drizzled with Carmel sauce and dusted with powdered sugar and crushed Nilla wafers. A full Champanada weighs more than one pound, and contains 650 calories per portion, and is the perfect dish to share with friends or eat on your own. The Champanada will be available for purchase in the Midway Display area for $9 each.(HMS)(11-19-2015) Zoo Miami Cheetah to Predict NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion UPDATE Harvick: At 10:30am/et on Tuesday, November 17th, Zoo Miami, in partnership with the Homestead Miami Speedway, will host an event that will feature "Koda," a 2 year old cheetah from South Africa. Koda will be making his debut as Zoo Miami's new official "Wildlife Prognosticator" and will make his prediction as to who will win this year's NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship! Koda will be presented with smaller model replicas of each of the four finalist's cars. He will then make his prediction by going to and touching the car he believes will be this year's winner! Cheetahs are the world's fastest land animal with the ability of going from 0-60 mph in four seconds! With less than 12,000 believed to exist in the wild, these highly endangered cats are found in isolated pockets of Eastern and Southern Africa. Zoo Miami's Cheetah Ambassador Program has been in existence for nearly 20 years and has provided countless individuals around the country to connect with these beautiful cats in an effort to protect them for generations to come.(HMS)(11-16-2015) UPDATE - Harvick: The trophies arrived at Zoo Miami for an event featuring Koda, a two-year-old cheetah and the official Zoo Miami "Wildlife Prognosticator." In a partnership with Homestead-Miami Speedway and Zoo Miami, Koda picked from the Championship 4 drivers diecast cars - Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Busch - and made his prediction on who he thought would win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship this Sunday, ultimately picking the defending champion Harvick. "I've got to be honest with you, we had an animal make a pick last year, a binturong, and he picked the guy that came in fourth place," Zoo Miami Communications Director and Goodwill Ambassador Ron Magill said. "So we fired him, he's done. So we thought we'd bring in the cheetah. The cheetah is the fastest land animal there is, seems to be a no-brainer, so we thought hopefully he can pick who is going to be the fastest car. If he picks wrong, next year we might do it with a tortoise."(see video at HMS Facebook)(11-17-2015) Hoda Kotb to be Grand Marshal at Ford EcoBoost 400; Minions to be featured all weekend: Minion Mayhem is coming to Miami! The lovable stars of the Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment summer blockbuster hit, Minions, will be at the Ford Championship Weekend from November 20-22. The three Minions - Kevin, Stuart and Bob -- will be a fixture throughout Homestead-Miami Speedway, making appearances with fans and participating in the Ford EcoBoost 400 pre-race ceremonies on Sunday, November 22. Minions will be released November 24 on Digital HD and Blu-ray/DVD on December 8. NBC News' Anchor and "Today" Show co-host Hoda Kotb will serve as Grand Marshal at the Ford EcoBoost 400. Ms. Kotb, the popular co-host of NBC's "Today" fourth hour with Kathie Lee Gifford, is also a "Dateline NBC" correspondent and New York Times Bestselling author and has been at NBC since 1998. She will give the command for drivers to start their engines prior to the Sprint Cup Series championship race on Sunday, November 22. "We are extremely excited to have the Minions and Hoda Kotb join us for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November," Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer said. "The Minions are characters beloved by both adults and kids and we think our fans are going to enjoy seeing them around the venue throughout our NASCAR weekend. Hoda is a household name in national news, and we are thrilled to have her join us for what is going to be an electrifying Ford EcoBoost 400." In addition, the Minions will introduce the "Minionwagon", a one-of-a-kind Ford Transit Connect Wagon that will be making appearances on a road trip at select locations, including as the Grand Marshal car for Ford Championship Weekend and a stop at Universal Orlando Resort on their way to the Today Show in New York City. The Minions will also be the entitlement sponsor of the "Minions Kids Zone" in the Homestead-Miami Speedway display area, making an appearance on November 22. "This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the Minions to the Ford Championship Weekend for the culmination of the NASCAR season," said John Morici, Managing Director, US & Canada, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. "NASCAR is a hugely popular and important family entertainment brand. This event at the Homestead-Miami Speedway is a great showcase for Minions, one of the most highly anticipated home entertainment releases of the year." The breakout stars the world fell in love with in the unprecedented worldwide blockbusters Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2 headline their own movie for the first time in Minions. After their latest explosive mistake leaves them without an evil leader, the Minions fall into a deep depression. With the tribe on the brink of collapse, three unlikely heroes - Kevin, Stuart, and Bob-embark on a journey to find a new big boss. When their quest leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock), our three heroes must face their biggest challenge yet: saving all of Minionkind...from annihilation. Minions also features the voice talents of Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton and Allison Janney. The 2015 Ford Championship Weekend will be held on November 20-22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and will consist of the Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series finales. Tickets are available for the Ford EcoBoost 200 on Friday, November 20, and Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, November 21, and can be purchased by calling (305) 230-5255 or visiting homesteadmiamispeedway.com. Tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 400 are officially sold out (HMS)(11-14-2015) Homestead-Miami Speedway's Garcia awarded: Al Garcia, a Miami native and the long-time Vice President of Operations at Homestead-Miami Speedway, was presented with the 2015 Terry Jackson Memorial Award by the Southern Automotive Media Association. Garcia was honored at SAMA's recent November luncheon which was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the Miami Auto Show. The award is named after Terry Jackson, a former Miami Herald writer/editor and SAMA member who passed away from cancer in 2009. He was a racing enthusiast. The award is judged by SAMA"s executive committee and given to a member who best exemplifies the spirit of giving, and working for the benefit of ALL in SAMA.(HMS)(11-11-2015) Homestead Sprint Cup race sold out: With three races still remaining in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer announced that the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 22, is sold out for the second consecutive year. In addition to reserved and general admission seating, all premium seating areas including the Champions Club, Speedway Club, Pit Box, suites and Pit Road Cabanas have been sold out since September. All that remains is a limited number of RV Camping available in the GEICO RV Park. Although the Ford EcoBoost 400 is now sold out, fans of some of the most popular drivers on the Sprint Cup Series circuit will have a chance to see those same drivers a day earlier in the XFINITY Series race. The Camping World Truck Series championship title could come down to the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as only 13 points separate the top three drivers in Erik Jones, Matt Crafton and Tyler Reddick. The XFINITY Series championship could also come down to the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as defending champion Chase Elliott is second in points to Chris Buescher, who is looking for his first championship title. Only 36 points separate first through fourth place in the XFINITY Series, with drivers Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott (27 points behind Buescher), Regan Smith (33 points behind Buescher) and Ty Dillon (36 points behind Buescher) will battle for the title.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(11-7-2015) Tim McGraw in concert at Homestead: This November, legendary, Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and actor Tim McGraw will be "on top of the world" with a brand new album, Damn Country Music, and a special live performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 22 prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship finale. The three-time Grammy Award winner will be a highlight of Ford Championship Weekend, with part of his live performance featured on Countdown to Green on NBC Sports Network, which begins at 1:30pm/et. The Ford EcoBoost 400, which marks the final event of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, will air on NBC at 3:00pm.et. McGraw will release his fourteenth studio album, Damn Country Music, on November 6. Eleven of his albums have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart, and he has sold more than 40 million albums. In addition, he has had 36 number singles reach No. 1 on the country radio charts. McGraw has won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, 10 American Music Awards and three People's Choice Awards, the most recent in 2014 for "Country Music Icon." Homestead-Miami Speedway and McGraw will also be teaming up to create exclusive ticket packages offered for the 2015 Ford Championship Weekend (November 20-22). For $145, fans can purchase a ticket package that includes a ticket to the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 22, a Pre-Race Pit Pass to be down on the fronstretch and up-close for the live performance, and an album download of McGraw's brand new album, Damn Country Music.(HMS)(10-29-2015) Teams to test at Homestead UPDATE: NASCAR has scheduled a Sprint Cup Series test for Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday, August 26. One team from each organization will be eligible to take part in the test, which will run from 9:00am-5:00pm. Teams will test at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 22, where the Championship 4 drivers will battle for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. Testing will be open to the public from 9:00am-5:00pm in the infield Pit Road Cabanas, as well as from the chair-back seats in the Speedway Club on the fourth floor of the tower building. Fans may enter and park in the parking lot on SW 336thStreet and SW 137th Avenue and take a tram into the infield to watch testing. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase in the infield.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(8-18-2016) UPDATE: Four drivers will participate in a Goodyear tire test at the 1.5-mile South Florida track Monday and Tuesday with an open test scheduled for Wednesday -- NASCAR allowing each Sprint Cup Series team to be represented by one car. Trevor Bayne (Roush Fenway Racing), Clint Bowyer ( Michael Waltrip Racing), Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing) and Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) are scheduled for the Goodyear test. AND One team from each organization in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is slated to test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Wednesday, August 26. Testing will run from 9:00 to 5:00pm/et. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams / drivers scheduled to participate: #6-Trevor Bayne, Ford, (Roush Fenway Racing) #21-Ryan Blaney, Ford, (Wood Brothers Racing) #15-Clint Bowyer, Toyota, (Michael Waltrip Racing) #31-Ty Dillon, Chevy, (Richard Childress Racing) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevy, (Hendrick Motorsports) #11-Denny Hamlin, Toyota, (Joe Gibbs Racing) #4-Kevin Harvick, Chevy, (Stewart-Haas Racing) #42-Kyle Larson, Chevy, (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates) #22-Joey Logano, Ford, (Team Penske) #78-Martin Truex Jr., Chevy, (Furniture Row Racing) (HMS)(8-25-2015) Ford Championship Weekend Tickets on sale Friday: Since 2002, Homestead-Miami Speedway has been the place where championship dreams have been made. Once again, Homestead-Miami Speedway will be home to the championship races for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series during Ford Championship Weekend, November 20-22. Tickets to Ford Championship Weekend will officially go on sale to the public on Friday, May 1. After months of battling through 35 races and three rounds of the Chase, thousands of miles driven, and hundreds of tires shredded - it will all come down to the final race at the South Florida track on November 22. The weekend will kick off with qualifying for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Friday, November 20 at 6:15 p.m. Later that night, the Camping World Truck Series will compete in the final race of their season - the Ford EcoBoost 200 - beginning at 8 p.m. The drama continues on Saturday, November 21, as the XFINITY Series will compete in the Ford EcoBoost 300 at 2:45 p.m. It all comes down to the final race of the season on Sunday, November 22, at the Ford EcoBoost 400. Four Sprint Cup Series drivers will enter the South Florida track as contenders when the green flag is waved at 3 p.m. Only one will leave as a Champion when the checkered flag flies after 400 miles on the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A three-day championship tradition unlike any other, Homestead-Miami Speedway provides the South Florida finish line for NASCAR's series-crowning finale, Ford Championship Weekend. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or locally at (305) 230-5255. Homestead-Miami Speedway makes it easy to enjoy NASCAR's historic Ford Championship Weekend with several amenities including half-price Sunday tickets for kids 12 years and younger in reserved grandstands, flexible payment plans, and exclusive benefits for 3-day packages. Other amenities include: · Kids Free on Friday and Saturday - Kids 12 years and younger are admitted for FREE in general admission sections to both Friday's Camping World Truck Series championship and Saturday's XFINITY Series Championship · Half-Price Sunday - Kids 12 years and younger are admitted for half-price in reserved grandstands to Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Championship · Flexible Payment Plan - Allows fans to pay in four installments with just 25% due at time of purchase · Exclusive Benefit for 3-day Package - Fans purchasing a 3-day package will have on-track access for the post-race celebration for all three Championship finales · Ford EcoBoost 400 Start Time - With a 3 p.m. start time for the championship finale, fans have more time to enjoy the at-track experience, including tailgating, interactive displays, on-track Pit Passes and pre-race ceremonies.(HMS)(4-30-2015)
  • Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
    UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
    At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
    In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
    With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
    Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)



  • New trophy for the FORD EcoBoost 400: It's a trophy Henry Ford himself would love. The winner of this Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be taking home a trophy, but in this case, the new trophy represents a unique part of Ford Racing history. For the first time, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Ford Racing collaborated on a special race winner's trophy unlike any other in the sport. The trophy features an exact replica of the steering wheel of Henry Ford's first race car - the 1901 Sweepstakes racer - which is on display at Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. Mr. Ford drove Sweepstakes to an upset victory in his one and only race on Oct. 10, 1901, a win that helped attract the investors who would help him start Ford Motor Company in June, 1903. "We're pleased that the winner of the Ford EcoBoost 400 will get such a unique trophy," said Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford board of directors and great-grandson of Henry Ford. "The steering wheel visually represents the start of the Ford Racing program 113 years ago, and the winner of it will need to do the same thing great-grandfather did that day - defeat the best drivers in America." In addition to the steering wheel on the top, the base of the trophy features a plaque that includes an engraving of Henry Ford and his riding mechanic - Spider Huff - in action from 1901.(Ford Racing)(11-14-2014)

  • Free cholesterol screenings at Homestead: Free cholesterol screenings for adults aged 18 and older will be conducted at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, November 14th through Sunday, November 16th during NASCAR's Championship Races during the 2014 Ford Championship Weekend. Sponsored by AstraZeneca, the free cholesterol screenings are part of an educational initiative the company is conducting to help raise awareness about the importance of "knowing your numbers" as nearly 37% of South Floridians have high cholesterol levels. Health care professionals will be onsite to provide screening results and information about the importance of managing cholesterol levels. The cholesterol screenings will be held in the display area located beyond gate 11. Times: Friday, November 14th: 11:30am - 8:00pm; Saturday, November 15th: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Sunday November 16th: 10:00am - 3:30pm.(PR)(11-14-2014)

  • Homestead Air Reserve Base To Provide Flyover For Ford EcoBoost 400: Two of Homestead's most recognizable residents will team up to provide fans attending the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 16 an unforgettable experience. Homestead Air Reserve Base will be providing a flyover prior to the start of Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, making it one of only a handful of tracks that will have had a military flyover this year. On Sunday following the National Anthem, a pair of F-16 fighter jets from the 93rd Fighter Squadron will be seen - and heard - over the host venue for the championship races in all three of NASCAR's series.
    In addition to the flyover, the Base will be involved in many other ways throughout Ford Championship Weekend. The 482nd Homestead Air Reserve Base Security Forces Color Guard will be Presenting the Colors on Friday, November 14 prior to the Ford EcoBoost 200, while the 482nd Honor Guard out of Homestead Air Reserve Base will be doing the same for the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, November 15 and the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 16. U.S. Army Brigadier General Kurt L. Sonntag, Commander of SOCSOUTH, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance before Sunday's race, while Colonel Christian G. Funk, Commander of the 482nd Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Reserve Base, will be giving the Oath of Enlistment to the new military recruits who will be present on stage prior to Sunday's race.
    This is not the first time this year that the Speedway and the Base have joined forces. Back on September 10, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports, paid a visit to the Base as part of the Chase Across North America Tour media event. In fact, during that visit he worked with the crew chief to prep and launch an F-16 fighter jet. For more information on tickets, call 305-230-5255 or visit homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS)(11-13-2014)

  • 50-Year Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustang to Pace Cup, Nationwide Races at Homestead: In a fitting tribute to the continuing golden anniversary celebration of the iconic pony car, a 50-Year Limited Edition 2015 Ford Mustang will pace the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 14-16. The Wimbledon White pace car, one of just 1,964 50-Year Limited Edition Mustangs built, will lead the field to the green flag for the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Nov. 16 and the Ford EcoBoost 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Nov. 15.
    Mark Fields, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, will drive the pace car equipped with 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine, leading the Sprint Cup field to green for the final time this season. John Felice, vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service will pace the starting field for the Nationwide race. A Race Red 2015 Mustang GT fastback will serve as the splitter pace car for the two races.
    Built in Flat Rock, Mich., Mustang is all-new from the ground up. This sixth-generation, rear-wheel-drive car has the long hood and short rear deck lid proportions of its most iconic predecessors, as well as that low, wide stance, but its design is very much 21st century, with state-of-the-art engineering and technology. "Ford is very proud to have a 50-Year Limited Edition 2015 Mustang pace the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide races during Ford Championship Weekend," said Chantel Lenard, director, U.S. Marketing, Ford Motor Company. "To have Mustang -- a brand born of racing -- in this special anniversary year, leading some of the world's best drivers to the championship in two of NASCAR's premier series, is special. We know our fans will enjoy seeing it out on the track."
    Among the many new features on the 2015 Mustang GT is an independent rear suspension engineered specifically for this new platform and car. It also features an all-new state-of-the-art front suspension. Mustang GT's 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine generates 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Two other engines -- a 3.7-liter V6 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost® -- will also be available when the car hits showrooms later this year, part of the Mustang stable of engines which all boast over 300 horsepower.
    A pair of all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup trucks will pace the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Nov. 15.(Ford Racing), see images of the pace car on the 2014 Pace Car page.(11-12-2014)

  • "Bonsai" predicts Hamlin as the champ: The season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 race may be taking place this Sunday, but South Florida got a taste of Vegas when Zoo Miami's "Bonsai," a binturong, became the official Zoo Miami "Wildlife Prognosticator," picking the winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Choosing from the four cars of #4-Kevin Harvick, #11-Denny Hamlin, #22-Joey Logano and #31-Ryan Newman, Bonsai had a tough decision to make as to who he thought would take home the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. After thorough consideration, Bonsai picked the #11 car of Denny Hamlin to take home the Championship. Bonsai is a unique animal found in the tall forests of Asia that can reach a weight of close to 50 pounds. They are primarily arboreal and are excellent climbers feeding on a variety of small mammals, birds, insects and fruits. Commonly called a "bear cat," they have thick black fur and a long prehensile tail with sharp claws. They are active both day and night and give off a scent that smells very much like popcorn. Their biggest threat in the wild is habitat destruction due to deforestation.(South Dade News Leader)(11-12-2014)

  • Grandstands, premium seating sold out for Ford Ecoboost 400: Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer announced that the grandstands are sold out for the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In addition, premium seating areas in Champions Club, Speedway Club and the Pit Box are sold out as well.
    "The response this year among our fans has been tremendous, both to the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format as well as the opportunity to come to Miami and witness history," Becherer said. "The fans who will be here at our track not only will be treated to a terrific weekend of racing, but also an unforgettable overall experience with all of the entertainment and amenities that we have planned. For those who want to see some great racing, we encourage people to come out to the Camping World Truck Series race (Ford EcoBoost 200) on Friday night and the Nationwide race (Ford EcoBoost 300) on Saturday. Many of the drivers who will be competing in the Sprint Cup race on Sunday also will be taking part in the first two races over the weekend."
    Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman each will have a chance to claim the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship at the Ford EcoBoost 400 as they will compete amongst a full field of 43 cars. Whichever driver among the Championship 4 finishes the highest on Sunday will be crowned the champion. Although the Ford EcoBoost 400 is now sold out, fans of some of the most popular drivers on the Sprint Cup Series circuit will have a chance to see those same drivers earlier in the weekend. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Larson are scheduled to take part in the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday while Busch and Larson will compete in the Ford EcoBoost 200 on Friday. Fans will also have the opportunity see one of the top young drivers on the NASCAR circuit in the Ford EcoBoost 300 as Chase Elliott takes the wheel for the first time since clinching the Nationwide Series Championship following the race in Phoenix last weekend. At 18 years of age, Elliott is the youngest champion ever in any NASCAR series. Tickets remain available for the Ford EcoBoost 200 on Friday and the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday. For more information on tickets, call 305-230-5255 or visit homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS)(11-11-2014)

  • Bruce Buffer To Serve As Special Emcee at Homestead: Legendary Ultimate Fighting Championship announcer Bruce Buffer will headline what is shaping out to be one of the most dramatic Ford EcoBoost 400 races to date at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 16. The "Veteran Voice of the Octagon" will announce a different type of battle, as he will introduce all 43 drivers, including the Championship 4 drivers competing for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. In addition, Buffer will introduce the race's Grand Marshal prior to the command for the drivers to start their engines. Tickets are still available, but going quickly, for Ford Championship Weekend, where fans will have a chance to witness the crowning of three champions in NASCAR's premier series - the Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Three-Day Championship ticket holders - fans with tickets for all three races of Ford Championship Weekend - will be able to be a part of history on three different nights, as Homestead-Miami Speedway crowns champions at the Ford EcoBoost 200, Ford EcoBoost 300 and Ford EcoBoost 400. Three-day ticket holders also will also have preferred parking, exclusive entrance through Gate 4 at the main entrance of the Speedway and access to the race track for the post-race Championship celebration.(HMS)(11-6-2014)

  • Flo Rida to wave green flag at Homestead Nationwide race: South Florida native and rapper/pop star Flo Rida will serve as the honorary starter and wave the green flag for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship finale, the Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 15. Tramar Dillard, also known as "Flo Rida," was born and raised in Miami Gardens, located in north Miami-Dade County. He is best known for his hit singles "Low" featuring T-Pain, which was a No. 1 hit for 10 weeks in 2008, and "Right Round" featuring Kesha, which was a No. 1 hit for six weeks. He has released four albums since breaking into the hip-hop scene in 2008, and his music has accumulated more than 80 million downloads worldwide. Flo Rida is currently working on his fifth studio album, set to be released in 2014. He will be introducing his new single, "Going Down for Real" during Ford Championship Weekend.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(10-9-2014)

  • Ford extends sponsorship of Homestead race thru 2019: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that there is a Ford in their future. Ford Motor Company has extended its partnership with the South Florida motorsports facility in a multi-year deal. Ford Motor Company has been the official entitlement sponsor of Homestead-Miami Speedway since 2002. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer, Ford Executive Vice President and President of the Americas Joseph Hinrichs, and Director of Ford Racing Jamie Allison made the announcement. The partnership was announced at Michigan International Speedway. Ford Motor Company's agreement with Homestead-Miami Speedway is a five-year deal with an option to renew for an additional five years. Other details were not disclosed. Ford will continue to introduce fans to its award-winning product line, such as F Series trucks, Mustang, Explorer and Fusion through a 20,000-square-foot display during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 14-16. Ford also uses the official pace car program as an opportunity to showcase its latest products, and will announce the unique pace vehicle for the Ford EcoBoost 400 later this year. The Ford EcoBoost 400 will again serve as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race (HMS)
    AND from a Ford Racing Q&A Session in part:
    Q) IS THERE A GUARANTEE FROM NASCAR THAT THIS WILL REMAIN THE FINALE FOR TRUCK, NATIONWIDE AND CUP THROUGH 2019?
    HMS's Becherer: "We've spent the better part of a year renegotiating this extension and we would not have expended the time and energy that we did had we thought there was any chance that the championship could be leaving Miami in the near future. Now having said that, obviously there are a number of stakeholders that would have to weigh in to a decision of that magnitude. The loudest voice in that conversation is NASCAR's, but the reality is we would not have gone down the path we did if we thought there was a chance that it would leave. And frankly it shouldn't leave."(Ford Racing)(6-16-2014)

  • Winner of Homestead gets a boat: Homestead-Miami Speedway may not know who the final four drivers are that will be competing in the new Chase For The Sprint Cup, but there is one Contender who will be returning to Victory Lane. For the 4th consecutive year, Homestead-Miami Speedway is giving a Homestead-based Contender Boat to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner. Marking the fourth boat given to a race winner, Contender and Homestead-Miami Speedway have renewed a partnership guaranteeing the final race winner a custom boat through 2018. Located in the Speedway's backyard is the Homestead-based Contender boat company. Contender has crafted more than 6,000 custom boats in the company's 30 year life span. All boats have components manufactured in-house including fabrication, carpentry, electrical and upholstery. The Ford EcoBoost 400 race winner's boat will have a custom wrap as well as Homestead-Miami Speedway stitching on the upholstery. All 43 drivers in the Ford EcoBoost 400 will have a chance to win the prize boat in November. Beginning in 2011, previous winners of the Contender boat include Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon, and Denny Hamlin. The marine vessel boasts a 250 horsepower Yamaha outboard, and a trailer to tow the boat, exceeds a value of $130,000.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(5-15-2014)

  • NASCAR Bring "Troops to the Track" Program to Homestead: The Armed Forces Foundation and NASCAR will conclude the 2013 Troops to the Track TM program on Sunday, November 17th, by bringing service members assigned to the Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH) to the Ford EcoBoost 400. SOCSOUTH is a joint (military members from all four services) Special Operations headquarters that plans and executes special operations in Central & South America and the Caribbean, principally employing Special Operations Forces provided by U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the Services' Special Operations Forces (SOF) component commands and its command vision is to enhancing security and stability in the Americas with our interagency partners and partner nations by establishing an in depth networked defense that will detect, deter, disrupt, and defeat illicit transnational elements. 2013 season of Troops to the Track, a program in which service members are treated to a daylong interactive at-track experience, which includes: a special invitation and recognition at the drivers' pre-race meeting, a private tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pit road access during driver introductions / National Anthem and special seating in the grandstands.(AFF)(11-17-2013)

  • Classic Car Show at Homestead: Homestead-Miami Speedway will host a Ford Classic Car Show in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race on Sunday. Ford Motor Company Board Member Edsel Ford II will serve as a judge for the "Best in Show" contest, along with Penske Racing Owner Roger Penske and Roush Fenway Racing's Co-owner Jack Roush. The show will be held at the track's lower display (inside the admission gates), and will feature more than 75 cars that have already signed up to participate. Any fan with an admission ticket can visit the car show area. Participation is open to anyone with a show-ready Ford automobile and includes a ticket package that comes complete with a reserved spot in the show and one ticket to the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 race. Fans interested in participating should call 305.230.5210 or visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/FordCarShow. Tickets are going fast for Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400. Tickets also remain for the other two championship races during Ford Championship Weekend - Friday night's Ford EcoBoost 200, where a champion will be crowned in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and Saturday afternoon's Ford EcoBoost 300, the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship finale.(HMS)(11-15-2013)

  • HMS Grants $25,000 tp Local Organizations: Homestead-Miami Speedway's charitable arm, Driving for a Cause, will award $25,000 in grants to four local organizations during Ford Championship Weekend. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer made the announcement. The donations come in addition to the track's donation of more $300,000 annually to dozens of South Florida organizations that donate their time to work Ford Championship Weekend in lieu of individual payment, and then receive a donation for their particular organization. The Farm Worker Association of Florida, Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, Branches (formerly South Florida Urban Ministries) and Homestead South Dade Kiwanis Foundation were selected as the initial recipients during in the recent Driving for a Cause grant review process. Each organization will be recognized during pre-race ceremonies Sunday prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400.(HMS)(11-15-2013)

  • "Need for Speed" Mustang to Pace Ford Championship Weekend: Race fans planning on attending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 15-17 already know they're going to see stock cars racing side-by-side at breathtaking speeds. It's the speed of another sort, however, that Ford Motor Co. hopes has them talking even more. When the cars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series take the track on Nov. 17 for the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale, they will be led by a one-of-a-kind Mustang that is a featured star in the upcoming Hollywood movie and Electronic Arts video game entitled "Need for Speed." In addition to the "Need for Speed" Mustang, Ford will be using the all-new F-150 Tremor to pace the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event on Friday, Nov. 15, and the Mustang GT500 for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, Nov. 16. The "Need for Speed" Mustang was created solely for the movie and features a custom-designed wide body created specifically for this new role with unique 22-inch alloy wheels, capable of supporting 900 horsepower, and larger intakes to feed its supercharged V-8 engine. Also keeping the engine cool is the enlarged lower grille with corner air intakes to cool the front brakes. Designers also worked on reducing aerodynamic drag by using low profile mirrors and extended rocker panels. The splitter was also redesigned to provide better handling at high speeds. The rear spoiler and diffuser were created to improve airflow, reducing drag and giving additional traction for high-speed acceleration. The movie, starring Aaron Paul, Michael Keaton, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots, is scheduled to debut in the Spring of 2014 while fans of the popular Electronic Arts video game series by the same name will be able to buy the latest version later this month. This marks the 12th year Ford has served as title sponsor of Ford Championship Weekend.(Ford Racing), see images of the pace car and some other pace cars from 2013 on the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pace car images page.(11-13-2013)

  • Zendaya to sing the National Anthem prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400: Actress and Hollywood Records recording artist Zendaya will present the National Anthem prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400, at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 17. Zendaya recently released her self-titled debut full-length album featuring her hit single "Replay." She also stars as Raquel "Rocky" Blue, one half of the comedic duo of young dancers trying to dance her way to stardom, in the hit Disney Channel series "Shake It Up!" Zendaya was the break out star and runner-up on Season 16 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Tickets are going fast for the Ford EcoBoost 400. Tickets also remain for the other two championship races that are part of Ford Championship Weekend -- Saturday's Nationwide Series finale, the Ford EcoBoost 300 (Nov. 16), and Friday's Camping World Truck Series championship, the Ford EcoBoost 200 (Nov. 15).(HMS)(11-12-2013)

  • Dierks Bentley to perform at Homestead pre-race: Country music superstar Dierks Bentley will take the stage at Homestead-Miami Speedway for an hour-long concert prior to the start of the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 17. The multi-platinum and 11 time Grammy-nominated artist will headline the popular pre-race concert on the track's frontstretch just before NASCAR's biggest and brightest stars settle the season-long Sprint Cup Series championship. The concert will begin at 12:30 pm/et, and fans with any Sunday Ford EcoBoost 400 ticket will be able to watch the concert. In addition to the concert, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Bentley have teamed up to create a ticket package. The package includes a ticket to the Ford EcoBoost 400 and a Pre-Race Pit Pass to allow fans an up-close view of the concert for $105 (valued at $175 if priced individually). For more information about Ford EcoBoost 400 tickets and other entertainment during Ford Championship Weekend, please visit homesteadmiamispeedway.com, or call 305.230.5255.(HMS)(11-12-2013)

  • Toby Keith named Grand Marshal for Ford EcoBoost 400: Singer-songwriter, actor, and music producer Toby Keith will serve as Grand Marshal for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 17. Keith will deliver the most famous words in motorsports, "Drivers start your engines," to commence the 15th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in South Florida and the 12th consecutive championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. For more information about Ford EcoBoost 400 tickets and other entertainment during Ford Championship Weekend, please visit homesteadmiamispeedway.com, or call 305.230.5255.(HMS)(11-11-2013)

  • Homestead extends deal with artist Guy Harvey: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that it is expanding its partnership with iconic marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey. The partnership includes a series of activities surrounding Ford Championship Weekend. Widely recognized as the world's finest marine life artist, Harvey's work will be featured during each of the three season-ending races in NASCAR's top three national series.
    - This year's Ford Championship Weekend official souvenir program again features the artwork of the renowned artist and conservationist. The cover includes a sailfish superimposed on an image of the Homestead-Miami Speedway frontstretch alongside NASCAR's top national touring series championship trophies that will be awarded after each contest.
    - Dr. Harvey's art can also be seen by way of a giant seascape installation in Turn 1. It's located at the bottom Sections 180-200, where seats were removed due to the fact that spectators couldn't see a majority of the track following the 18-20 degree banking that was added in 2003.
    - Harvey's designs are also available on commemorative posters, T-shirts and travel cups that will be for sale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, both during race weekend and throughout the year.
    - Additionally, NASCAR stock cars that include Guy Harvey Custom Wraps have been on display during Homestead-Miami Speedway community appearances throughout Florida.(HMS)(11-5-2013)

  • Teams to test at Homestead: Six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and 15 Sprint Cup drivers will test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 29-31). Testing will run each day from 9:00am-7:00pm/et. The test sessions will be open to the public. There is no charge for spectators and viewing areas include Speedway Club and seating areas above the infield garages. Grandstands will open at 9:00am. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers scheduled to test at Homestead-Miami Speedway include:
    • Hendrick Motorsports: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.,#24- Jeff Gordon, #48- Jimmie Johnson and #5-Kasey Kahne
    • Wood Brothers Racing: #21-Trevor Bayne
    • Phil Parsons Racing: #98-Michael McDowell
    • Joe Gibbs Racing: #18-Kyle Busch, #11-Denny Hamlin and #20-Matt Kenseth
    • Michael Waltrip Racing: #15-Clint Bowyer, #55-Elliott Sadler and #56-Martin Truex Jr.
    • Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates: #1-Jamie McMurray and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya.
    There will also be NASCAR Camping World Truck Series testing October 29-31, with Win-Tron Racing and driver Mason Mingus.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(10-25-2013)

  • Pastrana ticket package at Homestead: X Games and reality TV star turned NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Travis Pastrana is giving fans a new reason to follow him in NASCAR. Pastrana, regarded as one of the most talented motorsports competitors in the world, will participate in a fan Q&A session prior to making his NASCAR Nationwide Series race debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 16. Well known among action sports fans, Pastrana has raced just about everything with wheels, from motorcycles to monster trucks. The 11-time X Games gold medalist is currently running his first full NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule. He drives the # 60 Ford Mustang for Roush Fenway Racing. The $120 package -- valued at more than $200 if priced individually -- will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It includes: One ticket to the Ford EcoBoost 300 on November 16; One ticket to the Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 17; Question and answer session with Pastrana before the Ford EcoBoost 300; Pre-Race Pit Pass (valid for Saturday and Sunday); and Donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(9-23-2013)

  • 2012 Champs to appear at Homestead Speedway Club: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced several unique ticket packages for Ford Championship Weekend, which will return to South Florida for the 12th consecutive year November 15-17, 2013. Highlights include appearances by 2012 NASCAR champions in its top three national series each day of race weekend. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner James Buescher will appear at the Speedway Club on Friday (November 15), while NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski will visit with fans in the Speedway Club on Saturday (November 16). Two-time NASCAR Nationwide Series winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr., now a full-time participant in the Sprint Cup Series, will be in the Speedway Club on Sunday (November 17) prior to the weekend's signature event, the Ford EcoBoost 400. The driver appearances will include question and answer sessions. Fans will have access to these driver appearances with the purchase of a Speedway Club ticket, which are on sale now. Speedway Club tickets include: Exclusive hospitality access to all Championship finales, reserved outdoor chair-back seating with armrests and cup holders, Pre-Race Pit Passes for Saturday and Sunday, and VIP parking. The Speedway Club features new amenities including a partially-enclosed area, new flooring, and flat screen TVs.(HMS)(9-19-2013)

  • Homestead starts refer a fan program: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced its Refer A Fan program where ticket purchasers receive benefits when they refer an individual who also purchases tickets to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400 (Nov. 17). The incentive, available to any fan that has purchased tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 400, automatically activates when a new purchaser provides the account number of an existing seat holder at the time of purchase. More info at homesteadmiamispeedway.com/referafan or by calling the Homestead-Miami Speedway Ticket Sales department at 305.230.5255.(HMS)(3-26-2013)

  • ISC reports dip in profits: International Speedway Corp. saw a year-over-year decline in both its 2012 fourth-quarter and full-year earnings and revenues, but the narrowing of the revenue decline for its core business operations to less than 1 percent has company officials encouraged. "We experienced leading signs of revenue stabilization this year," stated Lesa France Kennedy, ISC's chief executive officer, in both a news release and Thursday morning conference call with stock analysts. ISC, which operates Daytona International Speedway and a dozen other tracks around that country that host NASCAR races and other motorsports events, generated a net profit of roughly $54.6 million for its fiscal year, which ended Nov. 30, down from $69.4 million in fiscal 2011, and a fourth-quarter net profit of about $24.7 million, down from $26.5 million the same period the previous year. Its revenues totaled $612.3 million in 2012, down from $629.7 million in 2011, and in the fourth quarter it generated $189.4 million in sales, down from $191.9 million the same period the previous year. Kennedy said ISC had year-over-year increases in both revenues from broadcast fees, corporate sponsorships and food, beverage and merchandise sales at races, but "we continue to experience modest headwinds with admissions, not to the degree experienced in 2011, but enough to know we still have further inroads to make with our consumer."(full article at the Daytona Beach News-Journal)(1-25-2013)

  • Homestead to host Tough Mudder: One of the most intense endurance challenges is coming to Homestead-Miami Speedway March 2-3, 2013. Tough Mudder, a 10- to 12-mile obstacle course challenge that involves diving into ice-cold water, crawling through mud and running through bursts of fire, will make a stop in South Florida. Homestead-Miami Speedway will be invaded by thousands of runners who will be negotiating a course patterned after British Special Forces training methods. Runners will barrel through mud holes, army crawl under barbed wire and plunge into frigid ice water completing a total of 20-25 obstacles constructed across portions of the 640-acre facility. For between $95 and $200, anyone at least 18 years of age who is willing to sign a waiver can hurl themselves over walls, under half-submerged obstacles, into the grip of 10,000 volts of electricity and other challenges spread throughout the course. The series included 35 events in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia in 2012, and 52 events are planned for 2013 including the March event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. More than 460,000 participants worldwide took part in Tough Mudder events in 2012, raising $4 million for the Wounded Warrior Project. People are encouraged to form teams and start together. The Homestead-Miami Speedway meet is the first ever in South Florida. Registration closes February 25. Click on the following link to register: toughmudder.com.(HMS)(1-14-2013)

  • Homestead Staff Visits South Florida Hospitals Wednesday: Homestead-Miami Speedway employees hit the road today spreading holiday cheer to children in Homestead and Florida City, as Speedway staff delivered gifts to South Florida children in what has become an annual holiday season tradition for track representatives. The first stop was PATCHES medical center in Florida City, a state-licensed, non-profit facility staffed by pediatric nurses, certified teachers, and respiratory and rehab therapists that provide daily treatment to children with extreme medical needs, as well as education for care-giving parents. Treating children from birth through age 21, PATCHES is an alternative to in-patient hospital care and more-isolated home care. In advance of the visit, PATCHES provided Homestead-Miami Speedway staffers a list of the children's names and ages so Speedway employees could personalize the holiday gifts purchased for the event. The Speedway "elves" helped Santa Claus distribute the gifts to each youngster, each who was anxiously waiting to receive a present. Pit stop No. 2 on the Homestead-Miami holiday shuttle was Homestead Hospital, where Speedway staffers made the rounds of each occupied room in the "Speediatrics" children's ER unit to present patients with gifts tailored to age and gender.
    NOTABLE QUOTES: "It is easy to forget many of our kids at this time of year," said PATCHES CEO Kyle Smith. "Homestead-Miami Speedway providing gifts to these children is truly a blessing. It really means a lot to us that the Speedway and the community support us."
    "It is an honor to be welcomed back each year by both Homestead Hospital and PATCHES because being sick around the holidays is hard for anyone-especially for young children and their families," said Matt Becherer, president of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "The fiercely dedicated staffs at these care facilities should be commended for their year-round commitment to improving the health and livelihood of children experiencing challenging times. Our Speedway staff is truly humbled to be invited for yet another year to spread a little joy to these children during the holiday season."
    "Homestead-Miami Speedway exemplifies the spirit of giving not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year," said Bill Duquette, CEO of Homestead Hospital. "Over the years, they have brought many smiles to the faces of our young patients and their families. For that we are grateful."(HMS)(12-13-2012)

  • Kid Rock to perform at Ford EcoBoost 400: Multi-platinum selling American rock star Kid Rock will be performing a live set prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Ford EcoBoost 400 next Sunday (Nov. 18) at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In addition to the pre-race show, Kid Rock will serve as the celebrity pace car driver and, together with the track, offer a ticket package that includes:
    · One premium Grandstand ticket to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Ford EcoBoost 400
    · One pre-race Pit Pass that includes stageside access for the show
    · A digital download of his new album "Rebel Soul," set to drop the day after the race - Monday, November 19.
    The ticket package is available now via homesteadmiamispeedway.com/kidrock or by calling 305.230 5255.(HMS)(11-15-2012)

  • Trio of Television Stars Headline Ford Championship Weekend: It is an impressive line-up of talent for Ford Championship Weekend, both on and off the track. Pre-race ceremonies at Homestead-Miami Speedway feature a variety of regional and national talent. The 2012 finalist on NBC's "The Voice" Chris Mann will perform the National Anthem on Sunday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400. CEO of The World Famous West Coast Customs Ryan Friedlinghaus will wave the green flag for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 as the Honorary Starter.
    Johnathan Hillstrand Captain of F/V Time Bandit featured on Discovery Channel's "Deadliest Catch" will utter the most famous words in racing - "Drivers, start your engines," as Grand Marshal for the Ford EcoBoost 400. Kid Rock's performance on Sunday's pre-race stage will begin at 1:00 p.m. Driver introductions for Sunday's championship race will be handled by Bruce Buffer, the "Veteran Voice of the Octagon," for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Ford's Global Car and Crossover Group Marketing Manager Amy Marentic will serve as Grand Marshall for the Ford EcoBoost 300. Rock Ridge Music Recording Artist Chelsea Bain is performing the National Anthem on Saturday (HMS). For a loste of the Sprint Cup Series race dignataries, see my Homestead Race Info page.(11-15-2012)

  • Ford EcoBoost 400 winner to recieve a boat: Homestead-Miami Speedway is again giving away a uniquely South Florida "trophy" to its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 race winner. It's a Bay Boat, built by Homestead-based Contender Boats. The high-performance boat features a twin stepped hull design, a first in the industry for inshore boats. Powered with a 250 horsepower Yamaha four stroke engine, the winner will be able to carry their love for speed to the water.
    New for 2012: World-famous artist Guy Harvey has designed a wrap for the boat that features checkered flags, sailfish and marlin. All 43 drivers in the Ford EcoBoost 400 field will have a chance to win the prize boat. "We are excited to be involved with this iconic race again this year, and now to have an industry friend involved with the trophy boat makes it even better," said Contender Boats Director of Marketing Les Stewart Jr. "The winner truly is taking home a piece of south Florida."
    "Our relationship with Contender Boats started in 2011, and now includes another natural in Guy Harvey," said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. "It's fantastic to bring together these two uniquely South Florida entities that have collaborated to design and outfit this one-of-a-kind boat for our race winner."
    In addition to the design for the boat wrap, Guy Harvey and Homestead-Miami Speedway are teaming up for other fan elements:
    · Harvey has designed the cover of the official Ford Championship Weekend program, which will be on sale at the track during race weekend.
    · Harvey has also designed commemorative posters and t-shirts that will be for sale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, both during race weekend and beyond. Proceeds from the sales of the t-shirts will be donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and Homestead-Miami Speedway's Driving for a Cause Foundation.
    · NASCAR stock cars that include Guy Harvey Custom Wraps will be on display at Miami Beach's Clevelander and the Bass Pro Shop in Miami's Dolphin Mall.(HMS)(11-14-2012)

  • UFC's Buffer to announced drivers at Homestead: Bruce Buffer, the "Veteran Voice of the Octagon," for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be introducing the participating drivers prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship Ford EcoBoost 400 race on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer made the announcement. Buffer has been the voice for the Ultimate Fighting Championship since 1996, and has called action for other mixed martial arts and sporting events worldwide. Bruce is brother of boxing announcer Michael Buffer, and is recognized internationally for his signature catchphrases. Tickets still remain for the Ford EcoBoost 400, which commences Sunday at 3:00 pm/et. Sunday will mark the 1th consecutive year in which Homestead-Miami has hosted Ford Championship Weekend and the season finale for each of NASCAR's top three national series.(HMS)(11-13-2012)

  • Petty Driving Experience available after Homestead Nationwide race:Homestead-Miami Speedway and Richard Petty Driving Experience are teaming up to provide fans with the opportunity to ride in a 600 horsepower NASCAR stock car on the same track that hosts NASCAR's top championship races. Race Rides will be available following the NASACAR Nationwide Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 300, on Saturday, November 17. In addition to one Richard Petty Driving Experience Race Ride, the $144 package includes: One Grandstand ticket to the Ford EcoBoost 300, one reserved Grandstand ticket to the Sunday (Nov 18) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400, and a preferred parking pass. Fans that have already purchased their tickets can purchase the Race Ride separately. It is available now at homesteadmiamispeedway.com/petty or by calling 305.230.5255.(HMS)(10-2-2012)

  • Homestead-Miami announces Fanactics members: Miami - Homestead-Miami Speedway announced its selections to serve on its first-ever fan advisory network. The announcement comes after the speedway fielded applications from hundreds of candidates and interviewed dozens of prospective members. The six FANatics members will serve rotating one-year terms. FANatics purpose is to establish direct communication with track personnel and provide year-round feedback on matters that affect guests. The members' first official event weekend will be Ford Championship Weekend (November 16-18). Members will participate in quarterly meetings and conference calls. Additionally, members will have exclusive access to an online message board and Facebook page. Each of the FANatics members hails from Florida. The group includes: Melodye Brantley, Miami; Scott Bronson, Naples; David Gonzalez, Homestead; Teresa Noah, Labelle; Bryan Pease, Naples; and Julie Shafer, Homestead.(HMS)(9-14-2012)

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway's Racing to Read Begins: Miami - Homestead-Miami Speedway, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, has launched its Racing to Read program for second grade students at nine South Florida schools. The initiative's aim is to promote reading among youth. It began recently and runs through October 26. Students in the program can monitor their progress, both individually and against other participating schools and more info about the program, online at homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS)(9-9-2012)

  • Homestead partners with McDonald's and Coke for ticket offer: Miami - Homestead-Miami Speedway is teaming with Coca-Cola and select Florida McDonald's restaurants to offer a ticket package to the Ford EcoBoost 400 - NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series championship race, set for Sunday, November 18, 2012. The offer is now available at participating McDonald's restaurants of Southeast Florida, Southwest Florida, and Florida's Treasure Coast. The cost is $55, which represents $65 in savings, and includes two Grandstand tickets and a $10 coupon redeemable for Coca-Cola products to be used during the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Homestead-Miami Speedway-themed cups promoting the package and the 11th consecutive year that South Florida has hosted NASCAR's championship races are now available at participating McDonald's. The 32- ounce keepsake cups feature an image of NASCAR Sprint Cup cars racing around Homestead-Miami Speedway. The cups are free with the purchase an a la carte soft drink or an Extra Value Meal that includes a large soft drink.(HMS)(8-21-2012)

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway launches fan advisory board: Fans come first at Homestead-Miami Speedway. With that mantra in mind, the speedway is recruiting race fans and community partners to become members of the track's first-ever fan advisory network, which will be known as HMS FANatics. This group is being organized in order for track operators to garner suggestions and ideas for improving the fan experience at Homestead-Miami Speedway. FANatics members will serve rotating one-year terms that will include both a NASCAR and GRAND-AM event. Members will participate in quarterly meetings and conference calls. Additionally, members will have exclusive access to an online message board and Facebook page.(HMS)(7-21-2012)

  • Homestead qualifying moves to Friday: Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race, the 2012 Ford EcoBoost 400, at Homestead-Miami Speedway has been moved to Friday, November 16. Gatorade Pole Qualifying is now set for 6:10 p.m. Friday during Ford Championship Weekend. It was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Qualifying returns to the more traditional Friday and rounds-out that day's activities. Friday's NASCAR on-track schedule now includes: Nationwide Series practice (10:00 a.m.), Camping World Truck Series final practice (11:00), NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gatorade Pole qualifying (6:10 p.m.), and the Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 (8:00 p.m.). The change in days also means fans at the track Saturday will be able to watch two separate Sprint Cup practices in the same afternoon - one starting at 1:00 and another at 3:00. In terms of competition, it allows for greater consistency from track to track for Sprint Cup Series teams and provides the opportunity to focus on qualifying separate from race set ups for the cars.(HMS)(7-20-2012)

  • "Race Day with Juan" at Homestead: South Florida resident and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, along with his wife Connie, are again giving South Florida race fans reason to smile. Homestead-Miami Speedway, for a fourth consecutive year, is partnering with the Montoyas to create "Race Day with Juan"-an exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity prior to the Nov. 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The "Race Day with Juan" package for $142 - and valued at more than $200 if priced individually - will benefit the Formula Smiles Foundation. It includes: Ticket to Sprint Cup Series Championship-finale Ford EcoBoost 400 (Frontstretch West, rows 33-48); Private pre-race Q&A session with Montoya in the infield Driver's Meeting Room; Pre-Race Pit Pass access to front-stretch for photos, autographs and access to driver introductions; #42 Target Chevy commemorative hat; $42 donation to the Formula Smiles Foundation headed by the Montoyas. To purchase "Race Day with Juan" -- or to upgrade to this package if tickets already have been purchased-please call the Homestead-Miami Speedway Ticket Sales Department at 305.230.5255. For more information please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/Montoya.(HMS)(7-10-2012)

  • Homestead to host Season Finales, now with new Race Names: Ford Motor Company and Homestead-Miami Speedway today announced that NASCAR's season-ending championship races in South Florida will be named the Ford EcoBoost 200, Ford EcoBoost 300 and Ford EcoBoost 400 for 2012. The races, which crown season champions in NASCAR's top three national series, are set for this fall:
    The Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 - Friday, November 16
    The Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 - Saturday, November 17
    Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 - Sunday, November 18
    Formerly known as the Ford 200, Ford 300 and Ford 400, the three contests comprise Ford Championship Weekend. This fall's events will mark the 11th consecutive year that Homestead-Miami Speedway has hosted NASCAR's championship races in all three series and under the Ford banner. The race entitlements at Homestead-Miami Speedway will cap a year-long campaign for Ford EcoBoost in racing, which includes a presence in NASCAR, GRAND-AM, World Rally Car (WRC) and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). Specific to NASCAR, Ford EcoBoost serves as the primary sponsor on the Sprint Cup Series cars of #99-Carl Edwards and #17-Matt Kenseth for select races. Ford EcoBoost also appears for select races on the Mustang race cars of defending Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse and Trevor Bayne. Tickets for Ford Championship Weekend went on sale to the general public earlier this month. They are available at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or by calling 866.409.RACE.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(5-21-2012)

  • Homestead tickets on sale: Tickets for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend go on sale to the general public Tuesday (May 1) at 9:00 a.m. EST. This fall will mark the 11th consecutive year champions will be crowned in South Florida for NASCAR's top three national series - the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series- the weekend of November 16-18. Tickets are available online at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com and by calling 866.409.RACE. Prices start at $55 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup season-ending race. Fan amenities continuing this year include:
    • Exclusive benefit for Three-day Package - Fans purchasing a three-day package will have on-track access for post-race celebrations for all three championship races.
    • Kid's Pricing - Kids 12 and under are free in general admission sections to both Friday's Camping World Truck Series Championship and Saturday's Nationwide Series Championship. Youngsters 12 and under will be admitted for half-price in reserved grandstands to Sunday's Sprint Cup Championship.(HMS)(5-1-2012)

  • "Burn Notice" films at Homestead: Homestead-Miami Speedway and the City of Homestead hosted USA Network for filming of its spy-drama "Burn Notice," [Jayski Fave] on Monday (March 26). The episode will air this summer. The hit show returned to Homestead-Miami Speedway for its second taping in two years. A cast and crew of more than 120 turned Homestead-Miami Speedway into an outdoor TV studio for the taping of the episode that will air as part of "Burn Notice's" sixth season. The same stretch of Homestead streets that fans will traverse this spring to attend the Grand Prix of Miami (April 27-29) and this fall for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 16-18) functioned as a TV set for the episode. "We found this location based on our storyline," said "Burn Notice" location manager Beverly Visitacion. "We chose this particular site because filming at the Speedway is great and it has a certain look with the palm trees lining the road." The storyline for the Homestead-based episode includes a dramatic wreck involving a semi-trailer taking place on SW 142nd Street.(HMS)(4-18-2012)

  • Homestead-Miami, Daytona, Phoenix featured in "Smoke Your Tires" Game: Picturesque Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of the first tracks featured in a new downloadable application, Smoke Your Tires. Coinciding with the start of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season, International Speedway Corporation has lent the marks to its 12 tracks to a new iTunes app, Smoke Your Tire. Homestead-Miami Speedway is among the first featured in the app, along with other iconic ISC facilities Daytona International Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. This application for the iPhone is available now in the iTunes store with an Android version forthcoming. The app allows players to customize a stock car to feel as if they are smoking tires on the actual 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway track in never-before-seen-on-apps 360 degree spins, the difficulty of which increases by graduating levels. The first two levels, with backdrops at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, respectively, are free with multi-level tiers added with each new event of the stock car racing season hosted at an ISC track. Each level will be a unique experience with new challenges and varying degrees of difficulty.(HMS)(3-8-2012)

  • Uncle Kracker to perform prior to start of Ford 400: Top Dog/Atlantic recording artist Uncle Kracker will kick into gear the headline event of NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend on Sunday during a performance on the frontstretch entertainment stage at 1:15 pm. Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that the Detroit-based singer/songwriter will perform Sunday afternoon prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, "Ford 400". Uncle Kracker has enjoyed multiplatinum success with chart topping hits including "Smile", "Drift Away," and "Follow Me," and recently released a brand new single, "My Hometown" on November 1st. "NASCAR has always been a favorite for me," said Uncle Kracker. "I am thrilled to be a part of the last NASCAR-race weekend of the year." Uncle Kracker has spent most of 2011 on the road with country superstar Kenny Chesney hitting stadiums and arenas in nearly every major U.S. market, as well as his own headline shows and benefit concerts supporting The Uncle Kracker Music Education Foundation. Tickets start at just $55 for the Ford 400 (Sunday, November 20) - NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series Championship. For more information, please visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call 866.409.RACE.(HMS)(11-20-2001)

  • Ford 400 National Anthem singer named: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that American Idol finalist Pia Toscano will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Ford 400 race on Sunday, November 20. The 19/Interscope recording artist just completed the American Idol Live Tour and is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut album, scheduled for release early next year. Toscano has opened for the Barenaked Ladies and performed with Josh Groban at Madison Square Garden. Tickets start at just $55 for the Ford 400 (Sunday, November 20) - NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series Championship. For more information, please visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call 866.409.RACE.(HMS)(11-16-2011)

  • WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter names Ford 300 Grand Marshal: WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter will be the Grand Marshal for Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series championship race, the Ford 300, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I am really excited to start the Ford 300," said Slaughter. "Ricky, Elliott, Justin and Aric have made the 2011 Nationwide Series special and I can't wait to see who is named champion once the checkered flag is waved and history is made." Tickets start at just $55 for the Ford 400 (Sunday, November 20) - NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series Championship. For more information, please visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call 866.409.RACE.(HMS)(11-16-2011)

  • First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to be Ford 400 Grand Marshals: As part of their Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will visit Homestead-Miami Speedway as it hosts the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, the Ford 400, and join NASCAR in honoring America's troops and military families. NASCAR, Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will recognize service members and military families from the local community at a special BBQ lunch prior to the race. Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden will also invite a military family to join them as they serve as Grand Marshals for the championship race to lead the pre-race ceremony and offer the most famous words in racing: "Gentlemen, start your engines." The crowd will consist of 5,000 active duty and retired military personnel and families and thousands of NASCAR fans. As part of the season-ending NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship race, NASCAR will rally its millions of fans at the speedway and online to serve military families through the holiday season by asking them to visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/Unites and JoiningForces.gov to find service opportunities and ideas to give back to those who serve our country.
    At the launch of Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden's Joining Forces initiative, Walmart and NASCAR developed a Public Service Announcement (PSA) campaign designed to recognize military families for the sacrifices they make when our troops are called to action and to inspire customers and fans to recognize and support the needs of military families in their own communities. The PSAs feature NASCAR drivers Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne and Parker Kligerman, are broadcast in 500+ Walmart stores and will air at Homestead-Miami Speedway.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(11-12-2011)

  • New Police Interceptor Duo To Pace Homestead races: Bringing new meaning to the term high speed chase, Ford announced it will continue its tradition of using high-profile racing events to show off its new products, only this year with a new twist. Scheduled to bring the field of race cars to the green flag at Homestead Miami Speedway for all three Ford Championship Weekend races are new Ford Police Interceptors, which will make their debut in the marketplace starting in 2012, and are appearing on the NASCAR circuit for the first time. Ford, the police vehicle market leader for 15 years, specifically designed and engineered all-new Police Interceptors to handle the rigors of police work, including industry-leading powertrain, safety and technology innovations. That said, these vehicles can more than handle the duties needed to pace the Ford 200, Ford 300 and Ford 400 NASCAR finale events. Fans will see versions of both new Ford police vehicles, the Police Interceptor Sedan, and the Police Interceptor Utility, on track pacing the races.
    The Ford Police Interceptor Utility, the first ever pursuit rated utility by Ford, will be pursued by the fields of all three races during FCW, serving as the lead pace car. The Sedan, which will serve as the split pace car for the weekend, boasts a 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine delivering 365 horsepower and a top speed of 148 mph.
    Ford has been at the forefront of using its NASCAR pace car program to highlight its extensive line of new cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles. This includes being the first company to have a Hybrid pace the start of a NASCAR race when the Fusion Hybrid led the field to green for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2009. In addition, the all-new 2012 Focus, the Mustang GT 5.0L V-8 and all-new 2011 Explorer SUV have served as pace vehicles within the last two years.
    The new Ford Police Interceptors, both sedan and utility vehicle, can be ordered with a choice of three powerful V6 engines that deliver more horsepower and better fuel economy than the 250-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 in today's Crown Victoria police car. Ford's mission was to produce the next generation of Police Vehicles by leveraging the legacy of CVPI safety and reliability and incorporating the latest engineering design and technology to aide law enforcement. Both Ford Police Interceptors will be manufactured at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant.(Ford Racing)(11-12-2011)

  • Homestead extends ticket office hours: As the days to Ford Championship Weekend count down, Homestead-Miami Speedway is extending its office hours for race fans wanting to purchase tickets for the Camping World Truck Series Ford 200, Nationwide Series Ford 300 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400. The Speedway's ticket operations staff is extending the hours of the ticket office as the team responds to increased ticket sales.
    Starting Saturday, Nov. 12, the Homestead-Miami Speedway Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. for fans wanting to purchase tickets. On Sunday, Nov. 13, the ticket office will also be open from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to pick up their Will Call tickets during any of these times.
    Homestead-Miami Speedway's ticket office will also continue its regular office hours, Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. In addition, Homestead-Miami Speedway is extending the ticket office hours during race week (Nov. 14-17) from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fans can also purchase race tickets by calling 866.409.RACE (7223) or by visiting www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.
    Tickets will be available to the public even after NASCAR's top national series take to the track during Ford Championship Weekend. Friday, Nov. 18, the office will be open from 8 a.m. until the conclusion of the Ford 200. Tickets for the Ford 300 and Sunday's Ford 400 will be available on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. until an hour following the Nationwide Series Ford 300. The ticket office will open for business at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20. The Homestead-Miami Speedway ticket office is located across from Gate 3 at the Homestead Karting facility.
    The Ford 400 winner will take home a 25-foot Tournament model fishing boat, built by Homestead-based Contender Boats.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(11-10-2011)

  • Mario Lopez to serve as honorary chairman at Homestead: Mario Lopez, host of the television show "EXTRA," will serve as an Honorary Chairman for next month's Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Lopez will interview celebrities from the worlds of Hollywood, sports and entertainment on the red carpet prior to the 10th consecutive running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race at the speedway. "Extra," the second longest-running entertainment magazine on television, is in its 18th season. Lopez has starred on the show since 2007.(HMS)(10-28-2011)

  • NASCAR Championship Drive returns to Miami Beach: NASCAR Championship Drive is cruising back to Miami Beach. In its second year, the outdoor fan festival and Coca-Cola Racing Family Concert featuring Blake Shelton, which are free to fans, will take place Nov. 17-18 at Lummus Park and officially kick-off Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Launched in 2010 as a thank you to fans, the two-day NASCAR Championship Drive festival revs up for the race weekend with live music, multiple driver appearances, a race hauler parade, and many other activities. New this year is a youth education program targeted to school-aged children in Miami-Dade County. The Coca-Cola Racing Family Concert at NASCAR Championship Drive featuring Blake Shelton, scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Nov. 17, highlights the first day festivities with a live performance by Shelton, reigning CMA "Male Vocalist of the Year" and five-time CMA nominee including a nod for their most prestigious honor, "Entertainer of the Year." NASCAR Championship Drive begins mid-day on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Lummus Park, located along Ocean Drive in Miami Beach between 7th and 9th Streets. The first scheduled event is a live press conference at 1 p.m. featuring the remaining NASCAR drivers contending for the three NASCAR national series championships. Broadcast live on SPEED, the NASCAR Championship Contenders Press Conference will be simulcast on a video screen inside Lummus Park for festival attendees and also streamed live on NASCAR.COM.(NASCAR)(10-27-2011)

  • Homestead race winner will get a boat: On Sunday, Nov. 20, the winner of the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will take home a very unique prize: a 25-foot Tournament Model Contender fishing boat with a four stroke 300 horsepower Yamaha outboard, trailer and several customized factory options for a total value of more than $115,000. Starting this fall and for the next three years, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Contender Boats have joined forces to "up the ante" for the winner of the Ford 400 starting this fall. In fewer than 30 years, Contender has redefined sport fishing boat construction. Contender produces high quality outboard-powered offshore performance cruising, luxury, and fishing vessels. The boat maker's popularity among die-hard fisherman is a testament to Contender's reputation and legendary performance.(HMS)(10-16-2011)

  • "Race Day with Juan" at Homestead: Homestead-Miami Speedway, for the third consecutive year, is partnering with Juan Pablo Montoya to create "Race Day with Juan"-an exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity prior to the Nov. 20 Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The "Race Day with Juan" package benefits the Formula Smiles Foundation and includes: Ticket to Sprint Cup Championship-finale Ford 400 (Turn 1, rows 11-21), Private pre-race meet-and-greet with Montoya in the infield Driver's Meeting Room, Pre-Race Pit Pass access to front-stretch for photos, autographs, Q&A sessions, #42 Target commemorative lanyard and credential holder, $42 donation to the Formula Smiles Foundation headed by Montoya and wife Connie. To purchase "Race Day with Juan" ($142)-or to upgrade to this package if tickets already have been purchased-please visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/Montoya or call (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(8-25-2011)

  • NASCAR Championship Tickets On-Sale at Homestead: Tickets for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend go on-sale to the general public Monday, May 2. For the 10th consecutive year, Homestead-Miami Speedway will host NASCAR during Ford Championship Weekend. South Florida again will be the site where NASCAR crowns its Champions in all three of its top national divisions-the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series- the weekend of Nov. 18-20, 2011. Homestead-Miami Speedway is making it easier to enjoy NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 18-20 with several new amenities. A three-day championship tradition unlike any other, Homestead-Miami Speedway provides the South Florida finish line for NASCAR's series-crowning finale, Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 18-20. For ticket information, visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(5-1-2011)

  • 'NASCAR Kinetics' team looks to make its mark at HMS - free party: Homestead-Miami Speedway Partners with University of Miami NASCAR Kinetics for Viewing Party Official NASCAR viewing party Saturday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m. at 'Smoke't Southern Kitchen & Tap'. Five students from the University of Miami's School of Education were selected to participate in 'NASCAR Kinetics', representing the Hurricanes' first entry into the groundbreaking motorsports program. Each student chosen for the 'NASCAR Kinetics' program is tasked with fostering brand awareness throughout their college and community. Through a promotional partnership with Homestead-Miami Speedway, these potential leaders in the racing industry will be hosting an official 'M&M'S Makes Race Day Fun' NASCAR viewing party on the evening of Saturday, April 9th at 'Smoke't Southern Kitchen & Tap' beginning at 6:30 pm. The viewing party is open to the public and will feature free food, racing themed dinner specials, interactive games, as well as numerous giveaways for those in attendance. More info at visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(4-7-2011)

  • Homestead Names New VP of Sales & Marketing: Shawn McGee has been named Vice-President of Sales & Marketing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. McGee joins the Speedway from the Atlanta Beat of Women.s Professional Soccer, where he ran the professional soccer franchise as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer. McGee brings more than 15 years of professional and collegiate sports experience to Homestead-Miami Speedway, spending 10 years with Dallas Burn/FC Dallas in Major League Soccer (1997-2007) and two years as associate athletics director at Southern Methodist University (2007-09) prior to taking the head reins of the Atlanta Beat (2009-11). McGee attended the University of North Texas and is married with two children. For information and tickets visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(1-29-2011)

  • KC & the Sunshine Band to Perform Live at Homestead: A South Florida native (Hialeah), Harry Wayne Casey ("KC") dubbed his crew the "Sunshine Band" after the moniker of his home state. The iconic dance legends will perform a full set this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway beginning 10:30 am, rocking the Coca-Cola Entertainment Stage in the midway adjacent to the front-stretch grandstands. The band that danced its way on to the music scene more than 35 years ago with a unique fusion of R&B, funk and Latin percussion will draw from its catalogue of chart-topping hits that includes "Get Down Tonight," "That's The Way (I Like It)," "Shake Your Booty" and "Keep It Comin' Love." Tickets for the Championship finale are available starting at $55 via HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com and (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(11-18-2010)

  • Grand Marshall named for FORD 400: Even after spending more than 20 years in the music business, legendary rock star Bret Michaels continues to move at warp speed. The former Poison front-man-turned-reality TV star will kick into gear the headline event of NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend on Sunday by serving as the Ford 400 Grand Marshal in delivering the most famous words in racing: "Gentlemen, start your engines!".
    A diabetic and longtime champion for diabetes-related research, Michaels recently raised nearly $650,000 for the American Diabetes Foundation in winning NBC TV's Celebrity Apprentice 3 in 2010. He also starred in VH-1's Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and currently stars in VH-1's Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.
    In addition to starting the 43-car field for the 2010 Sprint Cup Championship finale, Michaels will honor America prior to Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway by singing the national anthem.
    Joining Michaels on the list of dignitaries for Ford Championship Weekend is professional wrestling star Bill Goldberg, who will serve as Honorary Race Chairman for Saturday night's Nationwide Series Championship-finale Ford 300.
    On Sunday, Homestead-Miami Speedway will host a one-race shootout to decide the closest-ever Sprint Cup Championship race in NASCAR history. Tickets for this historic Championship finale are available starting at $55 via HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com and (866) 409-RACE.
    Additional dignitary assignments for NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway include Bobby Allison-Miami Beach native and 2011 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee-and Alto Reed, legendary saxophonist and founding member of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
    NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 19-21. Kids 12 & under are admitted FREE (general admission) for Friday night's Camping World Truck Series Championship and for just $10 (reserved seats) for Saturday's Nationwide Series Championship. Tickets for Sunday's Sprint Cup Championship start at $55. Parking is always free at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and fans are invited to bring food and drink in a 14x14x14 cooler. For more info, visit THEChampionshipTrack.com or call (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(11-16-2010)

  • Homestead and Miami Dolphins Introduce Combo Package: Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Miami Dolphins have teamed up to offer an unprecedented ticket package for South Florida sports fans: The "Track & Field" combo ticket provides fans an opportunity to attend NASCAR's Nov. 21 Ford 400 Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway, as well as one of three Miami Dolphins December homes games. This unique package pairing NASCAR and NFL tickets is the first such partnership between Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Dolphins, and at a cost of $110 the package represents a 31% savings ($50) vs. buying tickets to the two events separately. To purchase the "Track & Field" package-and for more information on NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19-21)-visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(11-4-2010)

  • GEICO partners with ISC tracks on camping areas: International Speedway Corporation announced an unprecedented partnership with GEICO Insurance at seven of its premier racing facilities nationwide. Beginning in 2011, the five year deal will provide GEICO with promotional and entitlement rights for camping areas at: Daytona International Speedway; Darlington Raceway; Chicagoland Speedway; Homestead-Miami Speedway; Phoenix International Raceway; Talladega Superspeedway; and Watkins Glen International. Under the terms of the agreement, GEICO will receive on-site signage and branding.(ICS)(11-2-2010)

  • Bruton hopes to get 2nd race at AMS; talks about 'Cuba' comment: The chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc. hasn't given up on the idea of having two Sprint Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway again one day. "Absolutely," Bruton Smith said before Sunday's race at AMS. "But not in March. We tried that and tried it awfully hard over the years. I remember coming here four times before they actually ran the race one year. Rain, rain, rain. March is not the time to run a race here." Smith recently gave up his March Cup date that has struggled attendance-wise to give a date to Kentucky Speedway beginning in 2011. Under the realigned schedule, Kentucky will host its first Cup race in early July. Smith would not speculate on how he would get a second date for Atlanta, which hosted its first event in 1960. Under the current scenario he would have to give up a date from one of his existing tracks because NASCAR does not have a history of giving SMI a date from International Speedway Corporation. The only other option would be to get a date from independently owned Pocono or Dover, which have two races each, but NASCAR has given no indication it would do that. Smith has tried to purchase both tracks in recent years. "Certain things would have to occur," Smith said. "If we're able to make those things occur, yeah there is a possibility. We'll be keeping our eyes open and see if we can be creative." A second date for Atlanta is not Smith's priority. Bringing a second Cup date to Las Vegas, preferably the last weekend of the season, is. Smith said this weekend at Kentucky Speedway that Homestead Miami is "not the proper place for the Sprint Cup series to end the Chase for the championship." He referred to the track as North Cuba. "I was just speaking the truth," Smith said. "I thought it was a compliment based on location."(ESPN)(9-8-2010)

  • Smith blasts NASCAR for ending season at Homestead: Speedway Motorsports Inc. owner Bruton Smith isn't a fan of NASCAR's insistence on ending the season in South Florida. Smith likened Homestead Miami Speedway to "North Cuba," arguing it is not the "proper place" for the Sprint Cup series to end the Chase for the championship. The longtime track owner says he'd prefer NASCAR to run its final Cup race at SMI-owned Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Smith said he expects IndyCar to end the 2011 season at the 1.5-mile oval next October. Despite his protests, SMI did not make a formal request for NASCAR to add a second Las Vegas race to the 2011 schedule. Smith said it's because he doesn't believe it would make a difference.(Associated Press)(9-5-2010)

  • 10 Years of Championship Racing at Homestead: For the 10th consecutive year, Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as host to NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend in 2011. South Florida again will be the site when NASCAR crowns its Champions in all three of its top national divisions-the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series- the weekend of Nov. 18-20, 2011. Ford Championship Weekend 2010 is set for Nov. 19-21, and tickets-starting at just $55 for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Championship finale-are available now by calling (866) 409-RACE or by visiting THEChampionshipTrack.com.(HMS)(8-18-2010)

  • 2011 schedule changes will be "impactful": NASCAR appears ready to give its 2011 Sprint Cup schedule a facelift. CEO Brian France said before Sunday's race at Indianapolis that stock car's top series is in the "final throes" of completing next year's Cup slate and that it could feature some "impactful" changes. International Speedway Corp. is asking for a second race in Kansas, while Speedway Motorsports Inc. wants Las Vegas to get a second Cup date. SMI is also hoping to bring a Cup race to its 1.5-mile track in northern Kentucky.(Associated Press/ESPN.com)
    AND: NASCAR's 2010 Sprint Cup schedule is expected to have a considerably different look next season, including the site of the season finale. Some changes are expected in response to requests from major track owners International Speedway Corp. and Speedway Motorsports Inc., but several other race dates are believed to be in play. Several sources told the Observer and ThatsRacin.com on Sunday that changes being contemplated include the season's final race, now held at Miami-Homestead. That ISC-owned track could get the second race of the 2011 season. Auto Club Speedway currently occupies that spot on the schedule. The sources said two tracks figure in the options being considered to replace Homestead as host of the season's final race weekend: Las Vegas and Daytona. A Las Vegas finale could make it more convenient for fans, teams, media and others to attend NASCAR's season-ending awards events. Those events, held in New York City for years, moved to the desert gambling-and-resort city for the first time last year. A season finale at Daytona would add a second restrictor-plate race to the Chase for the Sprint Cup.(Charlotte Observer)(7-26-2010)

  • NASCAR, IndyCar tickets go on Sale at Homestead Saturday: Homestead-Miami Speedway is doing it again in 2010: The only venue ever to host all of North America's premier motorsports' Championship finales, The Championship Track will be the site of IZOD IndyCar Series Championship Weekend (Oct. 1-2) and NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 19-21). Tickets for both go on sale this Saturday, July 3, via (866) 409-RACE or TheChampionshipTrack.com. Kids 12 & under are FREE to three of the five Championships. With the IndyCar Championship having gone down to the final lap of the final race each of the last four seasons, fans can expect more of the same during the NextEra Energy Indy Championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Oct. 1-2). And seven weeks later (Nov. 19-21), Homestead-Miami Speedway will host NASCAR for its series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend, featuring the Championship finales of the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and the Camping World Truck Series.(HMS)(6-30-2010)

  • Becherer Named HMS President: International Speedway Corporation announced it has named Matthew Becherer as president of Homestead-Miami Speedway effective immediately. Becherer accepts the role from his most recent position of vice president of marketing for Richmond International Raceway. Current Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray is leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities. At Richmond International Raceway since 2003, Becherer was integral to the growth of the widely-popular 3/4-mile track into one of ISC's premier facilities. As vice president of marketing, he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of marketing, advertising, promotions, public relations and ticketing. Prior to Richmond, Becherer was the director of marketing for Darlington Raceway and marketing manager for North Carolina Speedway. Becherer will transition with his family to the Homestead-Miami, FL, area over the next few weeks.(HMS PR)(12-10-2009)

  • New option for Homestead pit road: NASCAR drivers have been getting used to a slightly new Homestead-Miami Speedway rule this weekend - the way they enter pit road. Drivers in the past had to use the access road (which serves mostly as a deceleration lane) between turns 3 and 4 but now they enter pit road as they do on most tracks when they come off of Turn 4. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby said Sunday that a pass-through penalty in the past would cost a driver two laps because he would have to slow down on the access road. He noted that in the Truck series race Friday, a pass-through for Kyle Busch resulted in him losing one lap, much like it would at most other tracks. "Part of it is trying to create a more fair environment for the competitors," Darby said in the Homestead-Miami Speedway garage prior to the Ford 400. "There's some tracks that a trip down pit road is going to be a two- or three-lap penalty - your Martinsvilles, your Bristols - but if we have the opportunity to make a change at a bigger track to make it more in line with the other tracks we race at, we should do that for the competitors." NASCAR never had a speed limit on that access road. "If you drive slow [on it], it's not a problem, but our competitors aren't used to driving slow," Darby said. "If you force them to use the access road, like we have in the past, then you get into situations where there is no speed limit on that portion - if you go too fast, you slide off, you wind up in the grass and you end up creating a bigger mess." Drivers can still use the access road entering the pits if they have a problem and they will still use the access road between turns 1 and 2 when exiting pit road.(SceneDaily)(11-22-2009)

  • Buzz Aldrin to pace the Ford 400: What was once thought impossible came true 40 years ago when the world witnessed the first ever moon landing. Homestead-Miami Speedway will celebrate the 40-year anniversary of this incredible accomplishment by honoring the "best of the best"-the NASA Apollo astronauts-during NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 20-22). Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin will headline pre-race ceremonies as Honorary Race Chairman for Sunday's Sprint Cup Ford 400. As one of the world's most recognizable astronauts-the second human to step foot on the moon-Aldrin will be honored on-stage during pre-race festivities before getting into a 1969 Ford Mustang to lead the pace car and race field. For great seats and hospitality options for Ford Championship Weekend, call (866) 409-RACE or visit THEChampionshipTrack.com. To learn more NASA and the 40th Anniversary of Apollo visit: www.nasa.gov or www.KennedySpaceCenter.com.(HMS)(11-19-2009)

  • National Anthem at Homestead: Anika Noni Rose-voice of lead-character Tiana in Disney's upcoming film "The Princess and the Frog" is scheduled to be singing the national anthem for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.(HMS)(11-19-2009)

  • Homestead to hold NASCAR Hauler parade: The celebration of NASCAR's Championship finales at Homestead-Miami Speedway kicks into high gear this Wednesday, Nov. 18, as race-car haulers en route to Ford Championship Weekend will gather downtown Miami, rumble across MacArthur Causeway, on to South Beach and up Ocean Drive. At the parade's conclusion near 9th Street, fans are invited to a FREE South Beach fan festival at Lummus Park that will feature the Championship-contending drivers in two of NASCAR's top series. Drivers scheduled to participate include Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards of the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and Ron Hornaday Jr. of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Top 5 drivers in the Championship standings of both series will be available for autographs, as well as a Q&A session. All three of NASCAR's top series will be crowned during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 20-22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and phenomenal seats are still available for NASCAR's series-crowning weekend by calling (866) 409-RACE or by visiting THEChampionshipTrack.com.
    Haulers are tentatively scheduled to depart from Bicentennial Olympic Park downtown Miami at 2:30pm/et, with an estimated arrival at Lummus Park set for 3:00pm/et.(HMS)(11-17-2009)

  • Bobby Allison Named Ford 400 Honorary Starter: With a history dotted with legendary family names like Petty, Earnhardt and Allison, NASCAR runs deep in tradition. Homestead-Miami Speedway will honor that tradition by naming Miami-native Bobby Allison as Honorary Starter for the Ford 400 during NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 20-22. One of NASCAR's most beloved competitors, the 1983 Sprint Cup Champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner will wave the Green Flag to start NASCAR's Championship-finale Ford 400 on Nov. 22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In addition, Allison will be honored during pre-race festivities and be available to fans via exclusive hospitality appearances. For great seats and hospitality options for Ford Championship Weekend, please visit THEChampionshipTrack.com or by calling (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(11-16-2009)

  • Grand Marshal named for Ford 400: Stock cars weighing in at 3400 pounds tearing around a 1.5-mile oval, trading paint and burning rubber, charging through dust and debris. Competing for motorsports' ultimate prize-the Sprint Cup Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway -can be a dirty job, so who better to deliver the most famous words in racing at NASCAR's Nov. 22 Championship finale than Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs"? Creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated series, Rowe will provide the Grand Marshal command of "Gentlemen, start your engines!" to the 43 Sprint Cup drivers competing in the Nov. 22 Ford 400, the headline event of NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend. "I'm very proud to be the Grand Marshal of the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Championship," said Rowe, CEO of mikeroweWORKS.com. For great seats and hospitality options for Ford Championship Weekend, please visit THEChampionshipTrack.com or by calling (866) 409-RACE.(HMS)(11-16-2009)

  • Championships Tickets on sale at Homestead: New Value Pricing for 2009: Racing fans are invited to be a part of history in 2009-and at a very special value. Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that all children ages 12 and younger will be: Admitted FREE of charge to both the grandstands and the exclusive paddock area during the Oct. 10 NextEra Energy Resources SpeedJam Championships Weekend and admitted FREE of charge to the Grandstands for the Nov. 20 Camping World Truck Series Championship finale during NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend. Tickets for all Six Championships-NASCAR, IndyCar and Grand-Am Sports Cars-are on sale, via (866) 409-RACE and www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com. Adult prices start at just $30 for the IndyCar/Grand-Am Championships and $55 for NASCAR's Sprint Cup Championship. Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2009 becomes the first venue ever to host all of North America's premier motorsports championships. The SpeedJam Championships (Oct. 9-10) feature the finales of the IndyCar, Firestone Indy Lights and Grand-Am Sports Car Series. Six weeks later (Nov. 20-22), NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend features the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series finales. Morer details by calling (866) 409-RACE or going to www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS PR)(4-21-2009)

  • Smith wants Las Vegas to hold season-finale: Bruton Smith wants NASCAR to yank its final race of the season out of south Florida. Never at a loss for words, the track owner said the championship-deciding race should return to Atlanta Motor Speedway, where it was held through 2001, or Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- both facilities he owns. "Why have the last race of the season at some Godforsaken area just north of Cuba?" he said, referring to Homestead Miami Speedway. Atlanta's fall race shifted a few weeks earlier in 2002 and this year it moves to an even earlier spot on Labor Day weekend. While plagued by weather issues when held in November, Smith said his track would still be a better location for NASCAR to hold the final race than Homestead. "If they'll give us our date back," he said, "we'll fill up the place again and do something major for the sport. If that doesn't work, put it in Las Vegas. We'll add more seats -- and sell out every one of them." Smith, who controls Atlanta and six other Sprint Cup tracks through Speedway Motorsports Inc., has long feuded with NASCAR and a related company that owns a majority of the facilities used on the circuit, including Homestead. NASCAR officials shrugged off Smith's complaints and disputed his claims that attendance was poor, saying last year's race was sold out. "We think Homestead-Miami is an excellent venue for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend," Jim Hunter, the vice president of corporate communications, said in a statement. Smith also renewed his call for NASCAR to hold a Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, which he purchased last year. IndyCar and Nationwide Series events have been held there, but NASCAR has balked at scheduling a Cup race.(Associated Press)(3-7-2009)

  • NextEra Energy partners with Daytona, Homestead: Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway announced a multi-year partnership with NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Florida-based FPL Group, and the nation's largest provider of wind and solar energy. Financial terms were not disclosed. Under terms of the agreement, NextEra Energy Resources becomes the Official Renewable Energy Provider of Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rights include entitlement of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona and title sponsorship of Homestead-Miami Speedway's Speedjam IndyCar and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Championship weekend. NextEra Energy Resources will support its position through both a financial investment and a commitment for annual promotion around events at both facilities. Also as part of the arrangement, International Speedway Corporation, parent company of both racing facilities, will purchase certain renewable energy certificates (RECs) from NextEra Energy Resources. The RECs will help fund a number of renewable energy projects, including the development of wind and solar energy plants.(HMS PR)(1-8-2009)

  • Edsel B. Ford Named Grand Marshal at Homestead: Edsel B. Ford II-great-grandson of Henry Ford and member of the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors-will serve as Grand Marshal for Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As Grand Marshal, Ford will give the famous command, "Gentlemen, start your engines," and also participate in pre-race ceremonies, driver introductions and post-race activities in Gatorade Victory Lane-most notably, presenting the winner of this year's Sprint Cup Series season finale. "I'm honored to be named Grand Marshal of the Ford 400," Ford said. "Racing has always been such an important part of our heritage at Ford, and events like Ford Championship Weekend fit in well with our strategy to use the excitement of our racing program to appeal to millions of race fans nationwide. My great-grandfather understood what racing success could do for a company; he knew that racing could provide benefit in terms of both marketing and technical innovation. And those are the reasons we still race today." Tickets are still available for Ford Championship Weekend 2008, Nov. 14-16 on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval, as the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all crown champions under the lights. To secure tickets for NASCAR's Championship finales, call (866) 409-RACE or visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-14-2008)

  • Green Efforts with the Green Flag: Homestead: This weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, NASCAR's elite will be looking for the green, while the entire 600-acre motorsports facility goes green. With the assistance of Coca-Cola Recycling, Homestead-Miami Speedway-host to NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16-will roll up its sleeves with a major recycling effort-including a full sweep of the grandstands prior to the standard trash sweep. Highlights of the Homestead-Miami Speedway recycling efforts during the Championship finales of the Craftsman Truck Series (Friday), Nationwide (Saturday) and Sprint Cup (Sunday) include:
    " Representatives sweeping the grandstands twice following the completion of each race: once to collect all recyclable bottles and cans, and a second time to remove trash
    " Recycling bins (400-plus) placed throughout the concourse and hospitality areas
    " Representatives visiting RV camping areas twice daily throughout Ford Championship Weekend to collect reusable materials
    " A large Coca-Cola Recycling mobile marketing vehicle placed prominently in midwaypavilion area to educate and inform race fans of the program and its benefits, as well as to reward fans with incentives for recycling participation
    After collecting the beverage containers, Coca-Cola will divert the materials for reuse into new bottles, cans and other uses....even the "RPET" line of recycled clothing.(HMS PR)(11-13-2008)

  • Orange County Choppers Founder Honorary Race Chairman at Homestead: Paul Teutul Sr., founder of the world famous Orange County Choppers and one of the stars of the hit reality show "American Chopper," will serve as Honorary Race Chairman for the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series Championship, Nov. 16, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As part of his Honorary Race Chairman duties, Teutul Sr. will participate in the Ford 400 pre-race festivities this Sunday during NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend. Led by Teutul Sr. and his oldest son, Paulie, Orange County Choppers is regarded as one of the world's premier builders of custom motorcycles and have built custom choppers for some of the biggest names in corporate America. Six specially designed motorcycles-including the popular POW/MIA and Lincoln Mark LT choppers-will join Teutul Sr. and OCC crew at Ford RaceFest. Great seats are available for NASCAR's 2008 weekend finale by calling (866) 409-RACE.(HMS PR)(11-13-2008)

  • Ne-Yo to sing National Anthem at Homestead: Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo will sing the national Anthem prior to the Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series finale this Sunday, Nov. 16, to culminate Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Great seats are still available for NASCAR's 2008 weekend finale by calling (866) 409-RACE or visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-11-2008)

  • "The 50% Front Stretch": Homestead Payment Plan: Homestead-Miami Speedway is asking only 50% from fans interested in guaranteeing a coveted spot at NASCAR's series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray announced "The 50% Front Stretch Payment Plan," inviting fans to purchase any seat for the Nov. 14-16 Ford Championship Weekend with just 50% down on the cost of tickets. This unprecedented offer is valid through July 1 and allows for a two-month cushion to pay the remainder of charges by Sept. 1. The "50% Front Stretch Payment Plan" is available by calling (866) 409-RACE or visit HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(6-11-2008)

  • Ford Championship Weekend Tickets on Sale Saturday: It's been quite the storyline start for NASCAR's 2008 Sprint Cup series. And eight races into a 36-week campaign, that bodes well for one phenomenal finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wanna come? Did you need another reason to visit subtropical Miami in November? A three-day championship tradition unlike any other, Homestead-Miami Speedway provides the South Florida finish line for NASCAR's series-crowning finale, Ford Championship Weekend. Set for Nov. 14-16, tickets for this annual sell-out go on sale to the public this Saturday, April 19, at 9 a.m. by calling (866) 409-RACE or visiting www.Homestead-MiamiSpeedway.com.(Homestead Miami Speedway PR)(4-19-2008)

  • Boxing Icon Lennox Lewis to Ring Bell on Ford 400 Pre-Race: The pre-race ceremonies for Ford Championship Weekend's Ford 400 finale on Sunday will have the electric atmosphere of a championship prize fight, as they will feature a boxing legend alongside 43 of the world's most elite Nextel Cup Series drivers. Homestead-Miami Speedway will welcome Lewis -one of only three boxers in history to capture the heavyweight championship on three separate occasions-to participate in pre-race ceremonies prior to Sunday's Ford Championship Weekend Ford 400, the final race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Lewis, who in 2004 retired as the reigning heavyweight champion of the world, will be introduced to the crowd during Ford 400 pre-race ceremonies and greet the Nextel Cup drivers during official intros.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-18-2007)

  • HMS to Build State-of-the-Art Media Facilities: When the NASCAR media press corps return to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Ford Championship Weekend in 2008, there will be even more to cheer than the crowning of NASCAR's champions. Homestead-Miami Speedway-home to the final races of the 36-week NASCAR campaign-will construct a new state-of-the-art press facility in time for the November 2008 season-finale, Speedway President Curtis Gray announced. The new 18,000 square-foot, two-story media facility-scheduled for completion in September 2008-will be centrally located within the garage area and include:
    * More than 200 press work stations
    * Large interview room with seating for more than 150 people
    * Deadline press room with stage and camera riser
    * Private interview rooms located adjacent to deadline press areas
    * A wireless internet network throughout the building (in addition to hard-wiring)
    * Large format video displays located in deadline press, team PR and 80-seat media lounge capable of displaying track closed-circuit TV stats screens and video feeds
    * Audio amplification of interviews and track feeds into all press areas, with selectable source audio-input feeds for headphone listening
    * A theater-style "observation seating" for viewing of driver-meeting room
    In addition, the existing Media Center structures will be renovated to house overflow press.(HMS PR)(11-16-2007)

  • Mustang Bullitt, F-150 Foose Edition to pace HMS races: Two of Ford's hottest products for 2008 - the Mustang Bullitt and the Ford F-150 Foose Edition - have been selected to pace the three Ford Championship Weekend NASCAR races at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 16-18. The Mustang Bullitt will pace the Ford 400 Nextel Cup finale, and the Ford 300 Busch Series finale. The F-150 Foose Edition will pace the season-ending Ford 200 Craftsman Truck event. The Mustang Bullitt returns to the streets in 2008, blending the latest in Ford Racing technology with the best Mustang ever. The classic nameplate returns to wow enthusiasts with a blend of high performance, handling and the power that is expected from Mustang. The latest version of the Bullitt will, of course, be Highland Green, true to the original car in the 1968 "Bullitt" movie. It will feature a unique black mesh grille and special interior touches, and will deliver 315 horsepower out of the 4.6-liter, 3-valve, SOHC V-8. The Ford F-150 Foose Edition is the ultimate street tough F-150, as noted hot rod designer Chip Foose, star of TV's "Overhaulin'" put his design stamp on America's favorite pickup truck. Foose's design lowers the truck in the boulevard-spirit, while maintaining the Ford F-150's Built Ford Tough heritage. The 2008 F-F150 Foose Edition is the most powerful half-ton truck on the market, with a supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 delivering 450 horsepower and 500 lbs.-ft. of torque.(Ford Racing PR)(11-16-2007)

  • "Live" to Headline Miller Lite Rock N' Racing Show at Homestead: Homestead-Miami Speedway and Miller Lite announced that the band behind '90s alternative-rock smash hits "Selling the Drama," "Lightning Crashes," "I Alone" and "All Over You," will perform live at the Miller Lite Rock N' Racing concert prior to the Nov. 18th Ford 400-the final race in the Chase for the 2007 Nextel Cup Trophy. Tickets [Buscn and Trucks] Remain for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval Nov. 16-18, as the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series all crown champions under the lights. To purchase, please call (866) 409-RACE or visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-15-2007)

  • "Fuel" Frontman Toryn Green to Sing National Anthem at Ford 400: On Sunday, Nov. 18, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, fuel will be propelling the cars of the world's most elite NASCAR drivers during Ford Championship Weekend....But only after the lead singer of Fuel ignites the patriotism of a full house of NASCAR fans. Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that Toryn Green of rock band Fuel will perform the national anthem prior to Ford Championship Weekend's Ford 400-the final race in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Tickets Remain for Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval Nov. 16-18, as the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series all crown champions under the lights. To purchase, please call (866) 409-RACE or visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-13-2007)

  • Ford 400 sold out: The Ford 400 Cup finale on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Homestead-Miami Speedway is sold out, speedway president Curtis Gray said. Tickets remain for the Craftsman Truck and Busch Series races, Friday and Saturday.(Miami Herald)(11-9-2007)

  • Tix for Ford Championship Weekend on Sale April 21st: At 9:00am/et on Saturday, April 21, tickets for the season finales of the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series to be held November 16-18, will finally be available to the public for NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend. Tickets for the 2006 Ford 400, NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season finale, sold out five months before the event, and an even earlier sellout date is expected for 2007. All three NASCAR Series, the Craftsman Truck, Busch, and Nextel Cup will crown champions under the lights during Ford Championship Weekend. The Ford 200 is scheduled for Friday, November 16, the Ford 300 will take place Saturday, November 17, and the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup will culminate with the Ford 400 on Sunday, November 18. Each day will also feature concerts, interactive exhibits, and other exciting action, included in the price of your admission ticket. Don't miss out! For more information or to purchase tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, call (866) 409-RACE or log on www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(4-20-2007)

  • Ford Execs to serve as starter and grand marshal for Ford 400: Alan Mulally, recently named President and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Motor Company, will serve as Honorary Starter for Sunday's Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mulally will wave the green flag to get the final race of the season underway as NASCAR crowns its 2006 Season Champion. Additionally, Edsel B. Ford II, a member of the Ford Board of Directors, will serve as Grand Marshal for the event. Ford is a member of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company. As a consultant to the company, Ford is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations. This will be the third straight year he has given the "Start Your Engines" command. Ford is the great-grandson of Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company. His grandfather is Edsel B. Ford, company president from 1919 to 1943. His late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960 and chairman from 1960 to 1980. All three NASCAR Series, the Craftsman Truck, Busch, and Nextel Cup will crown champions under the lights during Ford Championship Weekend. To purchase tickets to events at HMS, or for more information, log onto www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call the HMS ticket hotline at 1-866-409-RACE.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-15-2006)

  • American Idol Taylor Hicks to sing National Anthem at Ford 400: After winning the American Idol competition on television's biggest stage last spring, Taylor Hicks will now perform on one of NASCAR's biggest stages by singing the national anthem prior to the Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tickets are still available for the Busch Series Ford 300 on Saturday, Nov. 18 and the Truck Series Ford 200 on Friday, Nov. 17, which are part of the Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Tickets are available by calling 1-866-409-RACE or by logging on to www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-11-2006)

  • Up to 4,400 Temp Seats being added at Homestead: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced plans to build temporary seating for the Nextel Cup season finale, which sold out in June. Track president Curtis Gray said as many as 4,400 seats could be added in Turn 4 for the Ford 400 on Nov. 19, and he expects all will be sold. "We'll build the seats as demand warrants, but we've had tons of calls," Gray said. "The popularity of the championship is growing, and the variable banking has really worked. Under our old configuration, I don't think NASCAR would have continued to end the season here." The race will mark the fourth consecutive sellout since Homestead was reconfigured in 2003 with variable banking, which has been hailed by drivers for promoting more side-by-side racing. Gray said the track's 65,000-capacity grandstands could be expanded for 2008 depending on demand for the temporary seats. The track also is hoping Miami resident Juan Pablo Montoya, who is moving into Cup next season, will enter its Busch Series race Nov. 18. Gray said a marketing plan for Montoya has been prepared, including travel packages from the former Formula One driver's home country of Colombia.(USA Today)(9-13-2006)

  • Homestead's Ford Championship weekend schedule set: The on-track schedule for the 2006 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring the championship finales for the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, November 17-19, has been set. The dates and times for Ford Championship Weekend are tentative and subject to change. The Nextel Cup Series Ford 400, televised live on NBC, is scheduled to start at 2:30pm/et on Sunday, November 19. Following the Ford 400, the 2006 Nextel Cup Champion will be officially crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Nextel Cup Series will both practice and qualify on Friday, November 17. The Busch Series Ford 300 will begin at 7:00pm/et under the lights on Saturday, November 18 with live television on TNT. The Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200, televised live on SPEED TV, will again be under the lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway with an 8:00pm/et start time on Friday, November 17. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will both practice and qualify on Friday prior to the Ford 200. To order tickets or for more information, call (866) 409-RACE.(HMS PR)(7-29-2006)

  • Ford 400 at Homestead sold out: Tickets for Ford Championship Weekend's Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, have officially been 'sold-out'. Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 17-19, features the season-finales for the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series. As part of Ford Championship Weekend, the sold-out Ford 400 on Sunday, November 19, will conclude the Chase for the Nextel Cup featuring a ten-race, ten-driver shootout for the series championship culminating under the lights at the 1.5 mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. Although the Nextel Cup Series Ford 400 is sold out, great seats are still available for the remainder of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway including the season-finales for the Truck and Busch Series. Fans can still order tickets to the Ford 200 and Ford 300 race days and travel packages for Ford Championship Weekend by calling (305) 230-RACE or 866-409-RACE or on-line at Homestead-Miami Speedway's official website homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(6-27-2006)

  • 800 tickets left for Ford 400 at Homestead: NASCAR's Nextel Cup finale at Homestead Miami Speedway Nov. 19 is nearly sold out, track president Curtis Gray said Friday. Only 800 tickets remain for the Ford 400, which seats 65,000 in the grandstands. This marks the event's quickest ticket sales, with last year's race selling out in August.(Miami Herald)(5-8-2006)

  • Homestead Ford Championship Weekend Tix on sale Saturday: Tickets for the season finales, Ford Championship Weekend, of the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series to be held November 17-19 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be available at 9:00am/et on Saturday, April 22. Last year's tickets for the Ford 400, Nextel Cup Series season finale, sold out four months before the event, and an even earlier sellout date is expected for 2006. All three NASCAR Series, the Craftsman Truck, Busch, and NEXTEL Cup will crown champions under the lights during Ford Championship Weekend. The Ford 200 is scheduled for Friday, November 17, the Ford 300 will take place Saturday, November 18, and the Chase for the Nextel Cup will culminate with the Ford 400 on Sunday, November 19. Each day will also feature concerts, interactive exhibits, and other exciting action, included in the price of your admission ticket. For more information or to purchase tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, call (305) 230-RACE; 1-866-409-RACE, log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(4-21-2006)

  • Homestead Season Tix on sale: Season tickets to the 2006 racing season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which includes the IRL IndyCar Series season-opening Toyota Indy 300 and NASCAR's season-ending Ford Championship Weekend, are now on sale to the public. Season-ticket holders will be guaranteed seats to the Speedway's six major racing events, have access to an exclusive, reserved parking area, and enjoy savings of $65 per ticket package. These lucky fans will also receive a "License to Thrill", which is the opportunity to drive their own car on the Speedway under the lights. The 2006 racing season at Homestead-Miami Speedway begins with the Toyota Indy 300, March 24-26, featuring the IRL IndyCar Series, along with the Grand Prix of Miami, featuring the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. The weekend also includes the superspeedway debut of the new USAC Silver Crown Series cars, and the Indy Pro Series, the training ground for the IndyCar Series. Ford Championship Weekend, November 17-19, features the season finales for NASCAR's three premier series. Season ticket packages range in price from $135 - $215, a $65 savings compared to individual tickets purchased separately. Supplies are limited. To order season tickets and to reserve the opportunity to drive your own car on the track call (305) 230-RACE, (866) 409-RACE, or log on to homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead Speedway PR)(2-24-2006)

  • Busch not to participate in Homestead events: A day after Roush Racing suspended Kurt Busch for the remainder of the season, officials at Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that the defending Nextel Cup champion will not participate in events leading up to Sunday's Ford 400. The unveiling of the 2004 Nextel championship banner at 1:00pm/et Tuesday has been canceled, speedway spokesman Phil de Montmollin said. The banner currently is on display, but Homestead had scheduled to formally honor Busch, who last year won the first Nextel Cup under the current chase format. Entering this Sunday's race he ranks ninth, 441 points behind leader Tony Stewart. ``It's not a real big deal for us, because the championship banner will be up,'' speedway president Curtis Gray said. Greg Biffle, fourth in the chase, will replace Busch at a question-and-answer session during the ``All-Star Welcome to Ford Championship Week,'' with Marlins' outfielder Jeff Conine. During the event from 6 to 9 p.m. at Conine's Clubhouse Grille in Hollywood, fans can view the Nextel Cup and win two tickets to the Ford 400.(Mercury News)(11-15-2005)

  • Ford and Homstead sign up thru 2014: The season finales of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck, Busch and Nextel Cup series will remain Ford-titled races through 2014, under an agreement between Ford and Homestead-Miami Speedway announced today at the South Florida International Auto Show. The 10-year extension of Ford Championship Weekend is the largest motorsports sponsorship in Ford history. The initial phase of the contract runs through 2009, with an automatic renewal that will extend that partnership to 2014. The agreement continues Ford's role as "official car" and "official truck" of the race weekend, and continues Ford entitlement rights to the Ford 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series final event, the Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series final event, and the Ford 400 Nextel Cup Series final event. The 2006 Fusion will serve as the official pace car for this year's Ford 300 and Ford 400. And starting at Daytona Speedweeks 2006 in February, the Roush Racing, Robert Yates Racing and Wood Brothers race teams will field at least eight Fusions - Ford's first all-new race car nameplate since the 1968 Ford Torino. On Thursday, Nov. 17, Ford and Homestead-Miami Speedway will co-sponsor a Ford Championship Weekend Race Fest at Las Olas in Ft. Lauderdale from Noon -11 p.m., featuring music, interactive games and appearances by six of Ford's NASCAR stars. This year's Ford Championship Weekend marks the swan song for the racing version of the Ford Taurus. Heading into the last three races of the season, the Taurus has four NASCAR championships (three Nextel Cup, one Busch), and 106 Nextel Cup victories since it made its competition debut in February 1998.(Ford Racing)(11-4-2005)

  • Homestead damaged by Hurricane but should be ready: Homestead-Miami Speedway suffered ``significant damage'' to light poles, the grandstands, catch fencing and the garage suites during Hurricane Wilma. But the necessary repairs are expected to be completed in time for the speedway's biggest event, NASCAR's Ford Championship Weekend that runs Nov. 18-20, speedway president Curtis Gray said Monday. ``Yes, we'll definitely be ready - no doubt about it,'' said Gray, who rode out the storm at the speedway. ``The track itself is fine.'' The major damage was caused by the quarter-mile long garage suites structure, which Gray said literally seemed to be lifted into the air around 6:30 a.m. The flying structure took out 12 of the custom-built light poles along pit road that are part of a new $8.5 million lighting project for night racing. Parts of the structure landed in the catch fencing that is in place primarily to prevent airborne cars and flying debris from leaving the racetrack and hitting fans in the grandstands. One part of the garage suites structure flew over the grandstand and took out another custom-built light pole.
    As soon as the high winds subsided, assessment of the damage began. No immediate dollar amount was available. Repairs will begin today. On Monday morning he talked with Bill France Jr., NASCAR's former CEO and current board member of International Speedway Corp., which operates the 1.5-mile speedway. Operation teams from ISC sister tracks Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway are being sent to help with repairs that will be both permanent and temporary in order to be done in time for the three championship races of NASCAR's national series: Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Trucks. Iowa-based MUSCO, the lighting contractor, is working on those repairs. Grandstand seating will be shipped from Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania, which recently went out of business, to replace the damaged 20 rows. In addition to lighting, ISC also invested another $14.5 million into the construction of a Turn 1 Tower that features a luxury club and 16 corporate suites. Gray said there appeared to be no damage to the outside of the new tower, which was still under construction. But he had yet to be able to check inside.
    Several Nextel Cup teams had been scheduled to test this week, but cleanup will prevent that from happening. They might be able to test next week, but the damaged 50 feet of catch fencing must be repaired. With less than a month before the race, Gray said some temporary repairs might have to suffice, ``but it will be things fans won't really notice.''(Miami Herald)(10-24-2005)

  • Ford 400 at Homestead sold out: The Ford 400, the season-finale for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series to be held Sunday, November 20, has officially sold out, Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray announced today. Great seats remain available for the remainder of Ford Championship Weekend, including the season-finales for the NASCAR Busch and Craftsman Truck Series as well as qualifying and practice sessions for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Ford Championship Weekend features the championship-finales for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series to be held in prime-time, under the new lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The sold-out Ford 400 on Sunday, November 20 is the season-finale for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup featuring a ten-race, ten-driver shootout for the series championship culminating at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Although the Ford 400 is sold out, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets to the Ford 200 and Ford 300 before it's too late. Tickets for the NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300 and NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying on Saturday, November 19 range from $35 - 65 with youth 12 and under $15. Tickets for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 and NEXTEL Cup Qualifying on Friday, November 18 are $30 (general admission) with youth 12 and under free.
    Fans can still order tickets to the Ford 300 and Ford 200 race days by calling (305) 230-RACE or (866) 409-RACE or on-line at the Speedway'sofficial web site - www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(8-10-2005)

  • Homestead schedule set, Cup race starts at 4:00pm: The on-track schedule for the 2005 Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring the championship finales for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, November 18-20, has been set. The three races are scheduled to be held for the first time in a "prime-time", championship atmosphere under the new, state-of-the-art lighting system currently being installed at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The dates and times for Ford Championship Weekend are tentative and subject to change.
    The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Ford 400, televised live on NBC, is scheduled to start at 4:00pm/et on Sunday, November 20 and conclude under the lights. Following the Ford 400, the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion will be officially crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The stars of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will practice on Friday, November 18 [1:20pm and 4:00pm/et], and qualify for the championship-finale Ford 400 on Saturday, November 19 [at 1:05pm/et].
    The NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300 will begin at 4:00pm/et on Saturday, November 19 and finish under the lights with live television on TNT. Practice for the NASCAR Busch Series will be on Friday, November 18 [12:00 and 2:50pm/et] and qualifying will be held on Saturday [at 11:05am/et] prior to the running of the Ford 300.
    The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200, televised live on SPEED TV, will mark the inaugural race under the lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway with an 8:00pm/et start time on Friday, November 18. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will both practice and qualify on Friday prior to the Ford 200 [qual at 5:10pm/et].
    Tickets to Ford Championship Weekend are now on sale to the general public and going fast. To order tickets or for more information, call (305) 230-RACE, (866) 409-RACE, or log on to homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(6-9-2005)

  • Homestead to get new tower: Homestead-Miami Speedway will expand this year with the addition of the 16-suite, approximately 800-premium club seat Turn One Tower, announced Speedway President Curtis Gray. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 25 and be complete in time for the 2005 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, November 17-20. The Turn One Tower provides guests with a spectacular view of the entire track and all the racing action from above turn one of the Speedway. A total of 16 private, totally enclosed suites will sit above the approximately 800-seat Turn One Club. The 16 private Turn One suites will each seat 32 people and feature comfortable indoor seating, closed-circuit televisions, a wet bar, and catering. The indoor, air-conditioned Turn One Club features a private dining area with buffet and full-liquor bars, plasma televisions with live feed, and outdoor, reserved chair-back seating. Members of the Turn One Club will also enjoy reserved parking, exclusive elevator and lavatories, the pre-race track pass, and a $200 food and beverage credit that can be used throughout Ford Championship Weekend. Turn One Tower Club seats and private Turn One suites for this year's Ford Championship Weekend are now available. For pricing or more information, please call the Homestead-Miami Speedway Corporate Partnerships Department at (305) 230-5125.(HMS)(4-23-2005)

  • Homestead Tix on sale: Tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series to be held "under the lights" on November 17-20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, are on sale to the general public. Tickets may be purchased by calling (305) 230-RACE (7223) or 1-866-409-RACE, on-line at homesteadmiamispeedway.com., or at any TicketMaster outlet in the state of Florida. Ford Championship Weekend, which in 2005 will be held under the lights for the first time, features Ford 400, the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup finale on Sunday, November 20. Last season, the Ford 400 sold out several weeks in advance. For more information or to purchase tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, call (305) 230-RACE; 1-866-409-RACE, log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call any TicketMaster outlet in Florida.(HMS PR)(4-17-2005)

  • Homestead to install lights, races under the lights in Nov.: Lights will be installed at Homestead-Miami Speedway to allow for races to be held at night, announced Speedway President Curtis Gray. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin immediately and be complete in time for the 2005 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, November 17-20. The new lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway will allow for later start times and therefore a "prime time", championship atmosphere at the Speedway's major events beginning with November's Ford Championship Weekend.
    The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Ford 400, televised live on NBC, is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 20 and conclude under the lights. Following the Ford 400, the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion will be officially crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "NASCAR is a national sport that continues to grow into new markets. The prime time start will allow even more fans to tune in for the finale of the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup," said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France.
    The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 will also run under the lights with a 8 p.m. scheduled start time on Friday, November 18 and televised live on SPEED TV. The start time for the NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300 on Saturday, November 19 is still to be determined and will be released at a later date. A detailed competition schedule for the entire Ford Championship Weekend will also be released at a later date. All times are tentative and subject to change.
    Musco Lighting, an Academy and Emmy Award winning lighting specialist, will oversee the lighting project at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Musco Lighting has also installed lights at International Speedway Corporation facilities Daytona International Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, California Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, and Darlington Raceway.
    Tickets to Ford Championship Weekend go on sale to the general public on Saturday, April 16 at 9 a.m. For more information, call (305) 230-RACE, (866) 409-RACE, or log on to homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(4-12-2005)

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway - Lighting Project By the Numbers/Fun Facts
    Bringing night racing to Homestead-Miami Speedway is an enormous undertaking, which will require the addition of the following prior to November's Ford Championship Weekend:
    Light Fixtures: 1482 lights
    FUN FACT: An average of 80 lights are used to light a 1.5-mile stretch on the Florida Turnpike. Whereas, 1482 lights will illuminate the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Light Poles: 509
    Interior Poles: 423 (6'- 24' tall)
    Grandstand Poles: 32 (10'- 66' tall)
    Exterior Poles: 54 (70'-105' tall)
    FUN FACT: If the Speedway's 54 exterior light poles were stacked on top of one another, the total height would almost exceed the height of three Sears Towers stacked on top of one another.
    Electrical System: 2.4 million watts of power per hour
    FUN FACT: 2.4 million watts is equivalent to the amount of power needed to light 17,143 blocks with residential street lighting in South Florida.
    Wire: 300 miles
    FUN FACT: If you were to stretch the 300 miles of wire needed for the Speedway's lighting project, it would extend from Homestead-Miami Speedway all the way to Daytona International Speedway.
    Total Amount of Light: 215 million lumens
    FUN FACT: The typical table lamp produces 25 lumens. The equivalent of 8.6 million table lamps would be required to equal the amount of light that will be produced by the Speedway's new lights.
    Distance traveled by semi-trailers transporting lighting equipment from Iowa to Homestead-Miami Speedway: 65,467 miles
    FUN FACT: Nine round trips from Seattle to Key West equal the total distance traveled by 39 semi-trailers to transport the equipment needed to install the new lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    Concrete: 572 tons (1,261,044 pounds)
    FUN FACT: If you were to stack 370 NASCAR Nextel Cup Cars on top of one another, their total weight would equal that of the amount of concrete to be used in the Speedway's new lighting project.
    Note: Figures are estimated and subject to change.(HMS)(4-12-2005)

  • Richmond, Homestead, Phoenix expansion? An International Speedway Corp. official said during a conference call with investor analysts this week that Richmond International Raceway might add more seats soon. Susan Schandel, senior vice president and chief financial officer of ISC, said the company will consider seating expansion at some tracks. "I know we've got quite a bit of demand at Miami, Richmond and Phoenix, so those would be tentative for next year," she said. Richmond seats 107,097.(Roanoke Times)(4-8-2005)

  • Light Project Complete at Phoenix, testing next; Homstead next for lights: A $5 million project to install permanent lighting at Phoenix International Raceway is complete, and a formal unveiling is scheduled Tuesday [March 29th] after a day of NASCAR testing that is open to the general public. None of the drivers will test under the lights, but officials from an Iowa-based company that installed the lighting have driven on the track in night conditions. Among the drivers expected at the day test are Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray, Jeremy Mayfield, Ryan Newman and Carl Edwards. Fans can enter through Gate 7 beginning at 10am. PIR is the 13th oval racetrack to receive Musco lighting, and Musco Lighting project manager Mark Flesner said he'd begin another lighting project in about 10 days at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Casino Arizona 150 in the NASCAR West Series on April 21 is the first scheduled night race at PIR. The NASCAR Busch Series Bashas' Supermarkets 200 on April 22 is next, and the Nextel Cup Subway Fresh 500 is April 23. More than 200 tons of concrete and 70 miles of wire were used to install 1,044 light fixtures that produce 1.5 million watts of power per hour. There also are 153 infield light poles measuring in height from 6- to 24-feet, and 32 ground-mounted perimeter poles measuring from 70- to 110-feet tall. Affixed to grandstands and rooftops are 34 poles, 10- to 50-feet tall. Permanent lighting also has been installed on the hillside between Turns 3 and 4, but the light fixtures are turned downward to prevent driver glare. Precautions also have been made to protect against power outages. "We have two or three generators that run full-time and provide 20 percent of the outer perimeter lighting (at PIR)," Flesner said. "That's enough lighting to safely slow the field if there is a power outage." Each individual light fixture is fused independently, meaning if one light goes out, they all won't go out.(Arizona Republic)(3-25-2005)

  • Lights at Homestead...for Nov Cup finale? Daytona NOT moving: If Homestead-Miami Speedway president Curtis Gray gets his wish, future races at the track will be run at night, beginning with a trio of NASCAR races in November. To do it, the track will have to install lights and work out the details with local officials and the TV networks that broadcast the races. "It's something we're seriously looking at,'' Gray said Sunday during the IndyCar Series season-opening Toyota Indy 300. "Our fans have asked for it.'' Gray said he thought about the lights last year when the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship came down to the season-finale at Homestead. "Everything went fine last year but to have a race end early because of darkness in that situation, it's a risky proposition from our standpoint,'' he said. "And the networks like to have later starts. "We're talking to the sanctioning bodies and networks to get their input.'' The NASCAR season will end at Homestead the third week of November with a Craftsman Truck Series race, a Busch Series event and the Cup finale. Gray also said there is no truth to the rumor that NASCAR is considering moving the July race at Daytona International Speedway to the end of the season instead of finishing at Homestead. "We feel like we have the perfect track in the perfect market to end the season,'' he said. "It's a great market for the sponsors and the teams and fans from all over the country like coming down here the third week of November.''(ESPN.com/AP)(3-6-2005)

  • ISC seeking ok for lights at Homestead: NASCAR CEO Brian France said NASCAR and International Speedway Corp. are seeking Federal Aviation Administration approval to erect lights at Homestead-Miami Speedway, site of the season-ending Nextel Cup, Busch and Truck series races. If approved, lights could be in place before the November races, allowing for Truck and Busch races on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and a twilight Cup race Sunday.(St. Petersburg Times)(1-26-2005)

  • Homestead to get lights? Homestead-Miami Speedway is studying the possibility of installing lights and moving the Nextel Cup season finale to Sunday evening, the track's general manager said Wednesday. Curtis Gray, in New York for tonight's championship banquet, said representatives from Musco Lighting were at the speedway Wednesday preparing a preliminary proposal. There are two significant obstacles, Gray said. First, the cost of erecting fixtures capable of withstanding hurricane-force winds raises the price tag from about $5.5 million to $8 million. Second, the speedway must get approval from nearby Homestead Air Reserve Base because of the effect a lighting system could have on flight patterns. If the lighting system is added, Gray said, the Craftsman Truck series finale would be moved from Friday afternoon to Friday night, and the Ford 400 Nextel Cup finale could start at around 5 p.m. "A later start would give it more of a Super Bowl kind of feel,'' Gray said.(Tampa Tribune)(12-3-2004)

  • Trace Adkins to sing National Anthem at Ford 400: Capitol Records Nashville recording artist Trace Adkins will perform in front of a sell-out crowd at Homestead-Miami Speedway along with millions watching on national television, as he is set to sing the National Anthem prior to the Ford 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season-finale. "I'm really excited about being at the last NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Race of the year," said Adkins, himself a fan of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup racing. "The points are down to the wire and it could be anybody's win, so this is going to be one incredibly competitive race!" A consistent hit-maker for country music, Adkins has won numerous music industry awards, appeared on countless national TV appearances and has developed a huge base of devoted fans all across the United States.
    "A star such as Trace Adkins is the perfect fit to sing the National Anthem prior to the biggest race in the history of Homestead-Miami Speedway," said Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "The atmosphere prior to this unprecedented event will no doubt be electric, and we'll all look forward to honoring our country during the National Anthem."
    In December 2003, Capitol Records released Adkins' sixth album, Comin' On Strong. The project was certified gold (500,000 units) soon after its release and has produced two big hits, "Hot Mama" and "Rough and Ready". This success comes on the heels of his Greatest Hits Collection that entered the country album charts at #1. Both projects are nearing Platinum status. Adkins will release another new studio album in late March 2005. Tickets are still available for the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend Nov 18-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. To order tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, call (305) 230-RACE or log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-16-2004)

  • Ford to be Grand Marshal for the Ford 400: On October 10, 1901, a man by the name of Henry Ford ran in his one and only race against Alexander Winton - known as the greatest racer of the era - and beat him in a stirring upset that ultimately attracted investors to Ford and helped him start Ford Motor Company less than two years after the famous race. The race has long been known as the start of the Ford Racing program. Just over 103 years later, Edsel B. Ford II, Henry Ford's great-grandson and current member of the Board of Directors of Ford Motor Company, will also be part of history as he will serve as Grand Marshal and give the command to start engines for the Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, the deciding race in the Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    Edsel Ford recently had the chance to reenact his great-grandfather's famous win with Charlie Wake - the great-grandson of Alexander Winton. Wake drove an original Winton race car, while Ford used the car driven by his great-grandfather. Henry Ford had called his car "Sweepstakes" because he gambled his automotive career with the famous car. While Ford Racing's legacy has grown over its 103 year history, Edsel Ford, commonly known as the "godfather" of the current Ford Racing program, is looking forward to being Grand Marshal of the most unprecedented event in motorsports history, the Ford 400 finale for the Inaugural Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.
    "I'm honored to be named Grand Marshal of the Ford 400," said Ford. "Racing has always been such an important part of our heritage at Ford, and events like the Ford Championship Weekend fit in well with our strategy to use the excitement of our racing program to appeal to millions of race fans nationwide. My great-grandfather understood what racing success could do for a company. He knew that racing could provide benefit in terms of both marketing and technical innovation. Those are strong reasons we still race today. I hope it's a great race weekend for all the competitors. But, I have to admit, I am a little biased, so I also hope that I'm giving a trophy away that afternoon to one of our Ford drivers."
    Edsel Ford's career at Ford Motor Company spans more than 25 years. He was named president and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Credit Company in May 1991 and elected a company vice president in December 1993. His grandfather is Edsel B. Ford, company president from 1919 to 1943. His late father, Henry Ford II, was president of the company from 1945 to 1960 and chairman from 1960-1980. Ford was elected to the Ford Motor Company Board of Directors in 1988.
    "It could not be more fitting that the legacy of the Ford Racing program will serve as Grand Marshal for the exciting conclusion to the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup at Homestead-Miami Speedway," said Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We are honored to have Edsel Ford join us as Grand Marshal for the Ford 400 and thrilled for what will be one of the most exciting championship finishes in history."
    Tickets are still available for the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend Nov 18-21 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. To order tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, call (305) 230-RACE or log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(11-15-2004)

  • Ford 400 a Sellout: For the first time, NASCAR's season-ending Nextel Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway has sold out before race day. Speedway president Curtis Gray announced Monday that no more tickets are available for the Ford 400 on Nov. 21. ''I think it's the combination of the new banking, with the word spreading of how exciting the race is down here, and the new Chase for the Nextel Cup,'' Gray said. ``Since the day they announced the Chase [in January], I thought it would do more for our racetrack than anything we've ever done. It's proven to work out that way.'' While the Ford 400 is sold out, tickets are still available for the first two events of the Ford Championship Weekend.
    On Friday, Nov. 19, the season-ending NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200 race will be a battle between Bobby Hamilton Sr. and Dennis Setzer, with only seven points separating the rivals. Fans can also watch Nextel Cup qualifying.
    On Saturday, Nov. 20, the season-ending NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300 race likely will result in the championship crowning of Martin Truex Jr., who races for Earnhardt at Chance 2 Motorsports. Fans can also watch the final Nextel Cup practice known as ``Happy Hour.'' Tickets for the Ford 200 truck race and Cup qualifying are $30. Tickets for the Ford 300 Busch race and Cup final practice range from $35 to $65 (general admission) with youth 12 and under free. Call (305) 230-RACE or (866) 409-RACE.(Miami Herald)(11-9-2004)

  • Homestead declared the best by the Sporting News: Best of Nextel Cup racing: Homestead, Fla.
    There's a lot to like around Homestead, Fla. Miami is 30 miles to the north, Key Largo is 30 miles to the south and Everglades National Park is a short boat ride to the west (the Crocodile Hunter isn't there, but it is the only place where crocs and alligators swim two- and three-wide). Homestead was nearly wiped out in 1992, when Hurricane Andrew destroyed about 80 percent of homes in the area, but NASCAR is doing its best to keep the city on the map. When NASCAR executives announced in January that the Chase for the NASCAR Nextel Cup, covering the final 10 races of the season, would determine the series champion, it assured a hot time in Homestead in November. Homestead-Miami Speedway is host for the final race, where guys named Junior, Jimmie, Jeff and Tony will be circling more than the sharks in nearby Biscayne Bay.(FoxSports/Sporitng News)(8-10-2004)

  • Mustang GT to pace the field at the Ford 400: Ford Motor Company, unveiled a special 2005 Mustang GT to serve as the official NASCAR pace car during the Ford Championship Weekend in November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Mustang unveiling marks the kick-off event for various Championship Weekend community activities targeting local youths, teens and families.
    The all-new pony car, along with the all-new Ford Five Hundred flagship sedan and flexible all-wheel-drive Ford Freestyle, were also on display and will serve as official Year of the Car feature vehicles during the Championship Weekend when NASCAR series fans descend on the state of Florida.
    For the second consecutive year, Ford will partner with the Miami Herald's Newspaper in Education program and the Ford Motor Company Fund in a special Hispanic Heritage Race Car Art Contest. Local area Miami fourth through eighth graders will compete to design a special racing paint scheme based on a specific theme for a Ford Racing car. The winner will get to see their design adorn an actual Ford Racing car that will race during Ford's Championship Weekend in November.
    On Wednesday of race week, more than 500 consumers will be invited out to Homestead-Miami Speedway for a first chance to experience the Ford Mustang, Freestyle and Five Hundred. In addition to the driving portion of the program, consumers will also be offered the chance to meet some of Ford's top NASCAR drivers. Several will be chosen to ride on the Homestead-Miami Speedway track with the race car drivers.(Team Ford Racing site)(7-22-2004)

  • Tickets On Sale For Homestead Races: Tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series to be held November 18-21 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, are now on sale to the general public. Tickets may be purchased by calling (305) 230-RACE (7223) or 1-800-PIT-SHOP, or by logging on homesteadmiamispeedway.com. This year's Ford Championship Weekend will feature the final event of the inaugural "Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship". While each race will still have a complete field of 43 drivers, the new championship structure pits the top-10 drivers (plus any driver within 400 points of the leader after 26 races) in a ten-race shootout for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship. The new points structure virtually guarantees a multi-car shootout for the championship at the season-ending Ford 400 on Sunday, November 21. For more information or to purchase tickets to Ford Championship Weekend, call (305) 230-RACE; 1-800-PIT-SHOP or log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(4-20-2004)

  • Homestead-Miami Speedway and Staff Honored: Homestead-Miami Speedway and members of its staff have been recognized by the minority-owned, national publication In Focus Magazine for their business achievements and diversity efforts. Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray has received the inaugural "South Florida Achiever" award, the first in a series sponsored by the magazine that "recognizes power players, achievers, and high-impact professionals for their tremendous efforts and positive influence in South Florida." Gray, a member of NASCAR's Diversity Council, oversees a major initiative at the Speedway targeted at diversifying motorsports. In addition, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Laura Pequignot and Marketing Manager Diana Serna are featured in the March/April 2004 edition of In Focus Magazine in the publication's annual Women's Achievers Edition. Pequignot and Serna head up a marketing effort focusing on education and specifically targeted at developing a diverse potential fan base. Homestead-Miami Speedway also plays a major role as a member of the South Florida community. In specific, Homestead-Miami Speedway has continued supporting its two major community-oriented programs to the South Florida area: The Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, Speediatrics, at Homestead Hospital and the Homestead-Miami Speedway Education Program. For more information on the Speedway or to purchase race tickets, call (305) 230-RACE or log on homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(HMS PR)(4-16-2004)

  • Cup Testing at Homestead, Quotes and some Speeds: Moving at speeds approaching 180 mph, Winston Cup Series drivers took to the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway and its state-of-the-art, 20-degree, variable banking for the first time today. The drivers were busy preparing for Sunday's Ford 400, the season-finale for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Although no official speeds were available, unofficial reports from the teams placed speeds from today's session more than 20 mph and nearly five seconds faster than Kurt Busch's winning pole speed of 154.365 last season [qualifying record: Steve Park, 156.440mph, Nov. 10, 2000].
    Most teams randomly surveyed in the garage reported running race trim only today. Speeds and times reported were:
    #10-Johnny Benson: 177.632mph
    #79-Derrike Cope 177.049 (Naples Daily News)
    #8-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: 176.471
    #20-Tony Stewart: 175.896
    #12-Ryan Newman: 175.325
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: 174.757
    #88-Dale Jarrett: 174.191
    "It's a lot faster racetrack," said Jimmy Spencer. "I think it's going to be a pretty good race. I already see two grooves in the track, and I think almost everybody is trying to figure it out, me included. How high can you go in to make a late apex or do you run in really low and let the car run up and come back and diamond it. No one has figured it out yet. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is running really good, and the 18 (Bobby Labonte) looks like he's pretty good."
    "It's a definite improvement," said Ricky Rudd. "There should be some interesting racing. It looks like there are two and possibly even three grooves out there. It's very fast right now, but it should be a lot better for racing."
    "I'm very excited and very impressed," said Ricky Craven. "I love what they've done and I think it's going to encourage some great racing. The first half of practice was a little strange, but we'll work through some of the challenges as it relates to the track. It is an absolute improvement."(HMS PR)
    AND #40-Sterling Marlin was in Tenn attending a trial [see my #40 Team News and Links page for the story], so David Stremme tested the Coors Light Dodge for Marlin.(11-13-2003)

  • Oldest Living NASCAR driver to participate in pre-race: Buddy Helms, the oldest living driver to run in a sanctioned NASCAR event, will participate in pre-race ceremonies driving his 1946 Hudson Super Six. Helms, 87, and a resident of Davie, Florida, drove his Super Six in the first NASCAR Grand National race in Charlotte, NC, in June of 1949. Later that year, he competed in races in Atlanta, Hillsboro, Martinsville, and North Wilkesboro. He was the head mechanic for Buddy Shuman in the early 1950's where Shuman captured victories in Detroit and Niagara Falls. Helms won the Darlington Southern 500 as a chief mechanic for Buck Baker in 1956 and Speedy Thompson in 1957. He is the oldest living driver that raced on Daytona Beach.(HMS PR)(11-13-2003)

  • Recycling at Homestead: NASCAR fans have an opportunity to support the environment, as well as their favorite driver, during the Ford Championship Weekend at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14-16. In conjunction with America Recycles Day, November 15, Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi and the National Association of PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) are launching "Homestead- Miami Speedway Recycles," a new program designed to encourage race fans to recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles. The multi-faceted program includes, campground recycling, a stadium pickup after each day's events, suite and hospitality tent recycling and concourse recycling.
    Various methods for collecting plastic bottles and cans will be available throughout race weekend, including the use of 180 highly visible recycling containers next to trash receptacles throughout the speedway. In addition, fans staying in the speedway campgrounds will receive recycling bags when they arrive. Campers are encouraged to put their aluminum and plastic beverage containers in these bags. After their stay, the speedway's recycling crews will pick up the bags from in front of the campsites and drop them off at local recycling facilities.
    Saturday, November 15 is America Recycles Day. On that day, people throughout the country will pledge to increase their recycling activities. In addition, at the speedway, a lucky camper caught with a recycling bag at their campsite will win a special recycling prize package. The prize package will include Trek's model 4300 Mountain bike made from recycled aluminum -provided by Alcan Aluminum, fleece jackets, golf shirts made from recycled plastic bottles -provided by Pepsi and Envirowear, a Budweiser/Dale Earnhardt Jr. "8: run jacket -provided by Silver Eagle Distributors. For more information about America Recycles Day or for tips on how you can help protect the environment, visit www.americarecyclesday.org or www.abenvironment.com.(HMS PR)(11-13-2003)

  • Serena Williams named honorary starter for Ford 400: Tennis superstar and South Florida resident Serena Williams has been named honorary starter and will wave the green flag to start the NASCAR Winston Cup Ford 400 on Sunday, November 16 at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway. As the honorary starter for the Ford 400, Williams will wave the green flag for a history-making race as 33 years of Winston's sponsorship of NASCAR's premier series come to a close with NEXTEL taking over the series sponsorship in 2004. Moreover, Williams will greet the stars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series during pre-race driver introductions. "I love NASCAR racing," Williams said. "After attending the Daytona 500, I became addicted to the sport... It's so exciting. I'm honored to be waiving the green flag at the Ford 400. It's a dream come true, and I can't wait!"
    "We are delighted to have Serena as the honorary starter for the Ford 400 and we're proud that she'll be participating in Ford Championship Weekend here in her own backyard.," Gray said. "What a weekend of champions as Serena and Florida Marlins star Jeff Conine, who was recently named honorary race chairman, join NASCAR's champions from past and present here at Homestead-Miami Speedway."(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-12-2003)

  • National Anthem at the Ford 400: Two-time Grammy award-winning recording artist Jon Secada, a South Florida music icon, will perform the National Anthem at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway prior to the Ford 400 finale for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-12-2003)

  • Homestead is SAFER: Along with the track reconfiguration project that has increased Homestead-Miami Speedway's banking to 20-degrees, the speedway has installed the SAFER barrier at the facility. The NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway will become the first high-banked track to install the SAFER barriers on the outside retaining walls. The barriers are placed from the entrance of turn one until the exit of turn two and again at the entrance of turn three until the exit of turn four. The SAFER wall technology consists of rectangular steel tubing backed by foam blocks that is installed in front of the track's traditional cement walls. The process consists of ordering the specific materials, bending of the steel tubing to fit the radius of the track's corners, shipment and installation.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-12-2003)

  • Jeff Conine named Honorary Race Chairman: World Series champion Jeff Conine of the Florida Marlins has been named Honorary Race Chairman for the Ford 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season-finale race on Sunday, November 16 at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway. As Honorary Race Chairman, Conine will greet each of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers as they are introduced during pre-race ceremonies and also ride along in the official pace car of the Ford 400. "Coming off this year's World Championship run, I'm psyched to now help crown the next champions to come through South Florida," said Conine. "I'm a huge NASCAR fan and having personally driven a Winston Cup racecar at Homestead-Miami Speedway, I realize what kind of athletes these NASCAR drivers are." Conine will also be heard in the track's radio advertisements encouraging fans in South Florida to attend Ford Championship Weekend featuring the season finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series November 13-16.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-11-2003)

  • Tire Testing at Homestead UPDATE 3: NASCAR has picked [2004 Cup] rookie Scott Wimmer and Johnny Benson for Goodyear's Homestead tire test. The choice of Wimmer has raised eyebrows in the Winston Cup garage because Bill Davis' new driver has virtually no Cup experience. Goodyear is under the gun - it will have to pick the Homestead tire before the test. But Goodyear was on the mark at Chicago and Kansas City when they opened two years ago.(Winston Salem Journal)
    UPDATE or is it Blaney? or all three? #77-Dave Blaney is scheduled to do the Goodyear tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 28-29. Blaney will be the only Cup driver to run on the reconfigured track before an open test session two days before qualifying there Nov. 14.(News and Record)(10-18-2003)
    AND other reports I have heard have it being Wimmer and Benson, Benson is for sure as he missed IWC to head down to Homestead after the race at Atlanta on Monday.
    UPDATE 2: Dave Blaney and the #77 Jasper Engines and Transmissions Racing Team made a brief stop in the Carolina's before departing Tuesday morning at 5:30am to head to Miami for the Goodyear tire test.(10-28-2003)
    UPDATE 3: You would think that a driver who won at a Speedway might not be in favor of it being torn up and re-configured into a completely new racetrack. Not so with NASCAR Winston Cup driver Scott Wimmer, who won the Ford 300 NASCAR Busch Series race last November at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wimmer and fellow NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers Johnny Benson and Dave Blaney were at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway today in a Goodyear Tire Test, becoming the first drivers to test on the track's new surface featuring 20-degree, variable banking.
    "I think it's a big improvement," said Wimmer of the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway. "It's a lot different. I've already driven a couple of different lines out there and there are a couple of different ways around the track. The high side seems real good and so does the middle groove. I'm excited about coming back. The more rubber we get down and the more time we get on the track, it will have a lot of grooves and should be really good for racing."
    Benson and Blaney agreed with Wimmer's assessment of the new track.
    "I'm really impressed with it, although it still doesn't have any rubber on it since we're the first ones here," said Benson. "This place will become really fast and I'm sure you'll see two-wide racing."
    "I think we all like it," said Blaney. "I can't really compare it to any other track since it kind of has its own personality. Right now, it's got more of a middle groove than I thought it would. I thought we'd be running predominately on the bottom, but we really aren't. So far, it looks great. It's a cool track. It'll be a great show for the fans and that's what matters."
    The drivers will continue the Goodyear tire test tomorrow [Wed, Oct 29th] before the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Winston Cup Series return for their respective series finales during Ford Championship Weekend November 13-16 at Homestead Miami Speedway. Open practice for all drivers begins Monday, November 10 with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, followed by the NASCAR Busch Series on Tuesday, November 11 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series on Wednesday, November 12.(HMS PR)(10-29-2003)

  • Grand Opening of the NEW HMS; Fans can drive the track: The NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway with its re-designed 20-degree, variable banking debuts on Saturday, October 25 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Fans First Weekend where Ford Championship Weekend ticketholders have the opportunity to drive their own personal vehicles on the new Speedway. Then on Monday, October 27, the Richard Petty Driving Experience visits the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway for the Ultimate Race Experience Media Challenge. Speedway Officials along with local dignitaries dedicate the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Following the ribbon-cutting, the first-ever laps around the completed Homestead-Miami Speedway are taken by race fans who contributed toward the decision to add banking to the new Speedway during Fans First Weekend. Ticketholders to Ford Championship Weekend are eligible to drive their own personal vehicles around the new Speedway. More info at the Homestead-Miami Speedway site.(10-23-2003)

  • Earnhardt Jr. checks out Homestead: NASCAR Winston Cup superstar Dale Earnhardt, Jr. visited the newly re-configured Homestead-Miami Speedway Tuesday to preview Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, November 13-16, 2003. It was the first time any driver had seen the newly re-configured track that features 20 degrees of progressive banking. Earnhardt Jr. predicts that the track will soon become a driver and fan favorite on the NASCAR circuit. Below is a transcript from Tuesday's press conference.
    DALE EARNHARDT JR'S INTIAL IMPRESSION OF THE NEW HOMESTEAD-MIAIM SPEEDWAY: "I've taken a few good laps (in a passenger car) and have gotten an idea what it will be like to enter the corners here. There will be a lot more opportunities for passing. It's amazing. I can't even believe that it's the same place. I think Homestead-Miami will quickly become one of the favorite tracks for all of the guys on the circuit. I know a lot of the guys are excited about it and I know I'm excited to be here to check it out. I expect my phone to be ringing off the hook when I get back to the house."
    ON THE COMMITMENT OF HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY MANAGEMENT:
    "It's unprecedented to have such a reconstructive project on a facility that was already in such good shape. It's pretty impressive what they've done here. It says a lot about their willingness to put out a good product for this market. I really appreciate what they've done here. They've improved the track and put the SAFER barriers in. It says a lot about the class of the management here and their willingness to put together such a great racetrack. What they've done here is amazing. I can't wait to get into a racecar and go around it."
    ON TURNS THREE AND FOUR: "I think that side of the track will be a little racier. I think you'll see the second groove in turns three and four come in the quickest. The back straightaway is higher than the front straightaway. It'll be as comfortable to drive into the middle groove or the top groove as it will to go to the bottom. Since the asphalt is new, we'll go to the bottom first since that's where all the grip will be. But as the race goes along and as the weekend goes along, we'll move up the cars up racetrack to loosen the cars up a bit. Turns three and four remind me a lot of Atlanta, which is one of the only corners on the whole circuit where you can race four wide through there intentionally. That's one of my favorite tracks and this is as close as you can get to it without the dogleg.
    You're going to see wider racing through the entrance and especially the exits of the corners. There are several ways you can enter and exit the corner, at least that's what it looks like without being in a racecar. The faster guy will have an opportunity to pass and you really didn't have that before because it was such a one-groove racetrack."
    ON TURNS ONE AND TWO: "The straightaway is a little bit lower heading into turns one and two, so naturally you'll turn into the corner sooner instead of driving up a hill into the corner. The exit is very, very wide, so I think you'll feed the car out to the wall a lot sooner than you anticipate, so that will create a lot of opportunities for passing. I think we'll be able to acclimate ourselves to the track pretty quickly, especially with that extra day of testing. I think that will help us out a lot. We like having banking because of the extra speed it creates. It's a really big track, so if and when that top groove comes in, which I think it will, that'll just about be full throttle lap. You might be able to run wide open right now with the new asphalt on the bottom. That remains to be seen, but you might be able to do it with barely cracking the throttle in the corners."
    DALE EARNHARDT JR. EXPLAINS VARIABLE (PROGRESSIVE) BANKING:
    "The progressive (variable) banking will allow the guy behind you to have a lower lane to pass. For a driver, the way it works is that you put one tire on one part of the banking and one tire on another part of the banking to change the handling of the car. Having the banking is actually an advantage if your car is not handling right. If I drive down into the corner and my car is too tight (under steer) on the bottom, I can put the right rear tire up on the steeper banking and give it spring rate and put the left front tire on the flatter banking to make the car turn. It de-wedges the car. It's all kind of technical, but it's kind of simple if you think about it. You'll see guys move around. You won't see guys run the same line lap after lap. Some guys will handle differently in different parts of the racetrack and they'll have to adjust for that."(Homestead Miami Speedway site)(10-15-2003)

  • Racing Surface Complete At The New Homestead-Miami Speedway: The racing surface of the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway with 20-degree, variable banking in the turns was completed Friday under sunny South Florida skies. All that now remains of the Speedway's re-configuration project is the paving of the track's apron and the completion of the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier around the turns. The NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway will have its racing debut at the 2003 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, Nov. 13-16.
    The Homestead-Miami Speedway track reconfiguration project, estimated to cost in excess of $10 million, was designed through advanced computer technology never before available to build a racetrack. The project involved increasing the track's banking to a maximum of 20 degrees in the turns through an innovative variable-degree banking system. With the variable banking system, the degree of banking increases progressively from the bottom to the top of each turn. At the midpoint of each turn, there is 18 degrees banking at the bottom, 19 degrees in the middle and 20 degrees at the top. The variable banking system is designed to create three competitive racing grooves around the track.
    The reconfiguration project, with the added banking, came after feedback from race fans asking for more exciting, side-by-side racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As a tribute to the race fans' contribution to this project, the race fans will actually be the first to drive on the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway during Fans First Weekend, Oct. 25-26. To participate in Fans First Weekend, the fans must purchase a ticket to Ford Championship Weekend and contact the Speedway for a registration number.
    In addition to Fans First Weekend, the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be at the NEW Homestead-Miami Speedway, Nov. 7-9, where the public can learn how to drive a NASCAR Winston Cup car on the new Speedway. For more information on the Richard Petty Driving Experience, call 1-800-BE-PETTY.
    NASCAR has mandated that there will be no advance testing prior to Ford Championship Weekend, rather there will be Open Practice dates for each series during race week. The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will practice on Monday, Nov. 10; the NASCAR Busch Series will practice on Tuesday, Nov. 11 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series will practice on Wednesday, Nov. 12. The Open Practice dates will be open to the public ($5 general admission ticket). A Goodyear Tire Test, date to be announced, will also take place prior to race week.
    Tickets to the 2003 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck Series, Nov. 13-16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway are still available, but going fast. To order race tickets, call (305) 230-RACE or 1-800-PIT-SHOP, log on to homesteadmiamispeedway.com or visit TicketMaster.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(10-10-2003)

  • Homestead should be ok to test: Curtis Gray, head of Homestead-Miami Speedway, said that everything is right on schedule and teams will still be able to get their first look at the redesigned track at high speed Monday morning Nov. 10, six days before the season finale. 'The main thing is we're right on time, everything is right on schedule,' Gray says. 'We should be done with the racing surface next Wednesday. In the old asphalt days it needed about a month to cure -- but the new polymer asphalt only needs about two weeks to cure. We'll be ready whenever they want to run the tire tests.' The first cars on the track will actually be fans in passenger cars Oct. 25, Gray says.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-4-2003)

  • Repaving problems at Homestead to cancel testing there? Homestead's repavement project is apparently going much slower than expected, and NASCAR officials may have to cancel the three days of pre-race testing scheduled for that race week. The new asphalt may not have enough curing time to allow Goodyear to run a tire test before the race. The track banking is being radically changed from a relatively flat six degrees to a high-banked 20 degrees.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-22-2003)

  • Repaving of the 'new' Homestead a little late? Homestead's repaving isn't expected to be finished until Oct. 21, less than three weeks before the track south of Miami is to open for practice for NASCAR's season finale. New asphalt typically needs at least four weeks to cure, usually more, leading teams to worry the track might crumble.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-13-2003)

  • Homestead Stuff: Inside the Pit Box has a column and many images of the new Homestead-Miami Speedway, see it at Third Time's The Charm! We Visit The New, [Again], Homestead Miami Speedway.(8-18-2003)

  • Stewart Gets a Peak at Homestead: About 45 minutes before midnight on July 7, a dark-haired man in a rental car pulled up to the main gate of Homestead-Miami Speedway, asking the security guard to see the track. The unexpected visitor whipped out an official NASCAR ID card. OK, it was enough for Bruno to at least make a phone call, despite knowing he would probably wake his boss, track vice president of operations Al García. ''Hey, Al,'' Bruno said. ``You'll never believe this, but I've got Tony Stewart here. I swear. I have his ID.'' García, who indeed had been sleeping, was ''shocked'' and not exactly convinced. He asked Bruno to put the man claiming to be the defending Winston Cup champion on the phone. The voice on the other end said: ``Hey Al, I'm coming back from the Keys and can't get on my plane for another hour or two." Stewart went on to explain that he had been scuba diving in Key Largo (on the day after the Pepsi 400 in Daytona Beach) and needed 12 hours to decompress between diving and flying. So, since he still had time to kill and just happened to be in the neighborhood, Stewart figured he would drop by to see how the $10 million reconfiguration project to add 18 to 20 degrees of banking was progressing. García was now convinced, and a few minutes later the champion driver and the security guard were driving around the apron of the 1.5-mile oval in the dark in Stewart's rental car. Stewart said Tuesday it was difficult to see much with only the headlights of his car, ``but it looked like they did a lot of work in a short amount of time. From what the guy told me, they are going to put up one more foot of dirt and then start paving. I'm excited to see what it's going to be like.'' When told that the computer simulation done by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. shows that there will be three distinct racing grooves on the track, which will have unique variable banking, Stewart was about as convinced as García was when he first heard that Stewart was at his track at midnight. ''We'll see,'' Stewart said. 'I hope it's not like the Dynos [short for dynamometer, a machine that measures an engine's horsepower]. A Dyno will say this motor is better and we should win and then when we don't, the guys will say, `But the Dyno said we should win.' I've never got a paycheck or a trophy from a Dyno.''(see full story at the Miami Herald)(7-16-2003)

  • Homestead banking to get pre-race testing: The new banking being installed at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be tested for three days prior to the season-ending Nov. 14-16 weekend featuring NASCAR's three national series. The tentative schedule has Truck teams testing Monday, Nov. 10; the Busch Series is slated for Nov. 11 and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is set for Nov. 12. All three days, there will be two sessions: 9:00am - 12:00noon/et and 1:00-5:00pm/et.(NASCAR PR)(7-16-2003)

  • Drivers to test Homestead.....virtually: Winston Cup drivers won't be allowed to test their cars on the new banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway until the week of the season finale, but they will be able to race the new course on a new computer-program simulator being developed for NASCAR's stock-car teams by Electronic Arts. "This will be the first time ever that the teams will be able to set up a race car on a computer on a track that was computer built - so you can set up a car for a track while that track is still dirt," said Curtis Gray, who runs the track for Bill France Jr.'s International Speedway Corporation. "Or at least it's a good starting point." NASCAR officials spent time at Homestead last week to review progress on the track's reconstruction. Gray said the project, which began in May, 'is right on schedule. In the first five days we had the whole track torn apart, and it took them 22 days to build the actual dirt banking, 55 feet wide.'(Winston Salem Journal)(7-6-2003)

  • Homestead Next with SAFER? during an interviw on TNT's Pepsi 400 at Daytona qualifying coverage, Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray was interviewed and said the track plans to install the SAFER barrier, either for the races in November or for the 2004 season.
    AND Homestead-Miami Speedway will get more than just new 20-degree banking during its $10 million reconfiguration project. The 1 ½-mile oval is one of three tracks NASCAR has chosen to have soft walls installed this season as part of its safety study in a ``real-world environment.'' ''We're just waiting on NASCAR for approval of the timing,'' speedway president Curtis Gray said. NASCAR and Gray would like to have the soft walls put in before Ford Championship weekend in mid-November, when NASCAR's top three series -- Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck -- end their seasons. But it will happen by then only if engineers can quickly design a tethering system that will enable the soft walls to attach properly to the new steep banking. The walls are made of tubing that has to be custom fit to each track.(Miami Herald)(7-4-2003)

  • Now - an open test at Homestead [good move]: first it was NO testing at the soon to be newly configured Homestead-Miami Speedway track, then it was gonna be a few non-title contending teams in a Goodyear tire test, now from NASCAR.com: NASCAR has scheduled an open test date for this fall -- complete with data acquisition systems -- when Homestead-Miami Speedway reopens with reconfigured 20-degree banking. The season finales for NASCAR's three national touring series: Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck, are all scheduled between Nov. 14-16 at Homestead. Cup crew chiefs and car owners were called to small group meetings in NASCAR's office trailer with Winston Cup director John Darby on Saturday and told the schedule for the Ford 400 would include an open test day on Wednesday, Nov. 12 in which the cars would be allowed to run with onboard telemetry systems. Currently, that data acquisition technology is allowed at tests, including NASCAR's Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway in January, but has never been allowed during an event weekend. Winston Cup teams will be allowed to change engines and dismantle their onboard telemetry on Thursday, when Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams are scheduled to begin practice. The standard Winston Cup weekend will begin Friday with practice and Bud Pole Qualifying for the season's 36th [and final] event.(6-8-2003)

  • Goodyear will test tires at the 'New' Homestead: If all goes according to schedule, Homestead-Miami Speedway president Curtis Gray said the project will be completed in early October. Then the new asphalt will need up to another month to ``cure.'' Jim Hunter, NASCAR's vice president of corporate communications, said that because of the tight time frame, the only advanced testing on the track will be conducted by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the exclusive tire supplier to the three series. The tire requirements will be dramatically different because of the change to the track's design and the new asphalt. The 1.5-mile true oval that used to have fairly flat turns of 6 degrees is being reconfigured to have unique variable banking with grooves of 18, 19 and 20 degrees that are expected to increase speeds by 20 to 25 mph. ''Banking creates load, and tire load is a critical component of tire durability,'' said Rick Campbell, team leader for Goodyear's stock car tire development. ``Obviously, whatever we do, safety is our primary objective.'' NASCAR will have a special mandate on who can conduct the tire tests. ''We've asked Goodyear to make sure it is not done by one of the title contenders,'' Hunter said.(Miami Herald)(6-4-2003)

  • No Testing at the 'new' Homestead: NASCAR announced in Sunday's drivers meeting it will not allow testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway this season, but is expected to grant Winston Cup, Busch and Truck teams additional practice time the week of the November season finales. The track recently announced it was adding variable banking to all four previously flat turns. The work should be completed before the November races.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-1-2003)

  • Stewart against banking: Winston Cup champion Tony Stewart, who has won two of the four Cup races at Homestead Miami Speedway, says the upcoming project to add banking to the flat track is unnecessary. "We ran two and three wide at times down there last year," Stewart said. "I don't understand track owners. They always have to copy somebody else's place, and they think they have to reinvent the wheel."(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(5-24-2003)

  • Some Homestead Facts: Reconfiguring the track and increasing the banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway is easier said than done.. Below are some facts relevant to this major construction project at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
    Amount of landfill needed: 4,050,000 cubic feet of landfill - That's enough dirt to cover an eight-story building as large as a football field.
    Weight of landfill: 390,000,000 pounds - That's the equivalent of 112,000 NASCAR Winston Cup cars piled together or 2,437,500 160-pound men.
    Miles driven to transport the landfill:.Approximately 50,000 miles - That's the equivalent of driving 19 times from South Beach to New York City and back, or completing the "Daytona 500" 100 times.
    Truckloads of landfill:.10,000 truckloads - If you were to line up 10,000 dump trucks bumper-to-bumper, they would extend more than 30 miles. That's longer than the distance from Miami to Fort Lauderdale along I-95.
    Amount of fencing: 22 strands of fencing around the 1.5 mile oval - That's the equivalent of 33 miles of fencing, enough fencing to stretch from Homestead-Miami Speedway to South Beach.
    Hours worked:.On-site construction will go on for roughly 18 hours a day, seven days a week.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(5-22-2003)

  • Homestead to Reconfigure: as has been rumored for months ( yes, no, maybe...):
    As part of a major track reconfiguration project, Homestead-Miami Speedway will increase its track banking to a maximum of 20 degrees in the turns through an innovative variable-degree banking system, announced Speedway President Curtis Gray. Construction on the project, estimated to cost in excess of $10 million, began Wednesday with a ceremonial demolition of Homestead-Miami Speedway's Turn Four. The project is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2003 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, set for November 13-16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The reconfiguration project with the added banking comes after feedback from race fans, along with drivers, asking for more exciting racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. When complete, the track's banking will be increased from its current six degrees to a maximum of 20 degrees while implementing an innovative, variable banking system. With the variable banking system, the degree of banking is increased progressively from the bottom to the top of each turn. At the midpoint of each turn, there will be 18 degrees banking at the bottom, 19 degrees in the middle, and 20 degrees at the top.. The variable banking system is designed to create three competitive racing grooves around the track. Homestead-Miami Speedway becomes the first NASCAR Winston Cup track to be planned and constructed to include this variable banking system. "The new Homestead-Miami Speedway with its variable degrees of banking is being designed to facilitate three competitive racing grooves around the new track," added Gray.. "This innovative design will in turn translate into more exciting, side-by-side racing action for our race fans." Drivers agree that the reconfiguration of Homestead-Miami Speedway will make racing much more exciting at the South Florida track. "The reconfiguration of the track with additional and variable banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway is great news," said 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett.. "It should provide for great side-by-side racing and some real excitement for all the race fans who come out to Ford Championship Weekend this November." Tickets for the 2003 Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch, and Craftsman Truck Series, November 13-16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway are now available to the public.. To order race tickets, call (305) 230-RACE or 1-800-PIT-SHOP, log on to homesteadmiamispeedway.com; or visit TicketMaster.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(5-21-2003)

  • Homestead Awaits Cost Analysis: The technological studies are nearly done. Now, officials at Homestead-Miami Speedway are waiting for the cost analysis before deciding whether to implement an improvement project that will include adding banking to the 1.5-mile oval. ''As far as the chances of it happening -- we're hopeful we can make it work,'' speedway president Curtis Gray said Monday. ``We're trying for this season.'' Any construction would have to be completed by November, when Homestead hosts the finales of NASCAR's top circuits -- Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Trucks. Some within NASCAR say Homestead will have to make improvements to its track, the flattest in Winston Cup with only 6-degree banking, to create more exciting racing to keep the season's last race date. Others just say it would be nice.(Miami Herald)(5-20-2003)

  • More on Homestead Reconfig: Is Homestead-Miami Speedway going to get a major facelift soon? It's not likely this year, according to HMS president Curtis Gray. "Time-wise, if we were going to do something this year, timing would be pretty tight," Gray said. The 1.5-mile track, owned by International Speedway Corp., is considering a reconfiguration in order to promote side-by-side racing and create a new wave of motorsports interest in the South Florida. Gray said reconfiguration discussions at ISC have been ongoing for three years. Now the track is working on two engineering studies to reshape the turns, which offer just 6 degrees of banking. The lack of banking makes it difficult to pass and transforms many races into a follow-the-leader ordeal.(more at the Daytona Beach News Journal)(5-13-2003)

  • Special, Advanced Ticket Pricing to Ford Championship Weekend Expires This Week: Race fans have until 9:00pm/et this Friday, May 9 to take advantage of savings through special, advanced ticket pricing to Ford Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, November 13-16, 2003 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The offer is valid for three-day and two-day packages to this season's Ford Championship Weekend.. Through May 9, fans will save $15 per three-day package, which includes tickets to the Winston Cup, Busch and Truck Series, as well as reserved parking (while supplies last). The savings on the two-day package, which features the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series season-finales, is $10 per package.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(5-7-2003)

  • ISC Eyes Homestead Costs: International Speedway Corp. says it may spend $2.5 million to $3.5 million to reconfigure Homestead-Miami Speedway before this year's NASCAR season finales for the Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck series. The company offered the projection yesterday as it reported that it had record revenues and attendance for its most recent NASCAR events at California Speedway and Richmond International Raceway. "If the project moves forward, the company expects the reconfiguration would be completed in early October," an ISC statement said. NASCAR's three major series are scheduled to wind up their seasons the weekend of Nov. 15-16 at the track, which has been widely criticized by NASCAR drivers and fans as too flat for close racing.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(5-7-2003)

  • No Homestead Reconfig? It now appears that the planned reconstruction of Homestead-Miami Speedway will not happen this year, because rebuilding the flat banks from current six degrees to 20 degrees or more, to improve racing in the season finale, would "cost local taxpayers millions," according to track officials. And the relationship between the track and the townspeople has been uneasy at best, because city officials say the track hasn't been the financial boon they'd anticipated.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-4-2003)

  • More on the possible Homestead config: Homestead-Miami Speedway has been maligned by NASCAR fans and drivers for the boring, ''follow the leader'' races it has produced due to the lack of steep banking. But the 1.5-mile, nearly flat oval might soon be revamped. For the past few weeks, engineers have been conducting studies, and input has been gathered from drivers and officials from NASCAR, the Indy Racing League and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company to determine if changes should be made to the speedway that opened in 1995. ''We've got to decide something pretty quickly,'' Homestead-Miami Speedway president Curtis Gray said. ``If we're going to do something, we've got to get it [construction] done by November. We're getting down to the wire.'' Gray said NASCAR has not demanded changes. Improvements, which most likely would include increasing the banking from 6 degrees to possibly 20 degrees or steeper, and could also include a change of the asphalt surface, would cost the city of Homestead millions, Gray said. North American Testing Company, an international speedway corporation, is spearheading the studies.(Miami Herald) and see past news and rumors on this at my Homestead Track Page.(4-29-2003)

  • Latest on Proposed Homestead Changes: NASCAR officials polled competitors at California on what changes should be made to Homestead for the redesign of that track, which is expected to take place in mid-May. Winston Cup Series director John Darby says proposed changes involve more than just increasing the banking. "The engineers are incorporating compound banking into the track," Darby says. "Instead of taking a straight measurement from the inside line and following it up to the wall, every lane has a slight change in the degree of banking." Although the numbers aren't exact, Darby described the lanes as increasing in banking from 10 to 12 to 14 degrees as they move up the track. It would be similar to the design of Pikes Peak, which allows for three lanes of racing at the same speed. Some drivers believe there will still be a preferred lane.(Sporting News)(4-28-2003)

  • 2nd California Race? On Labor Day 2004? A second Winston Cup tour 500-mile race in California is all but a certainty for next season, according a 2004 Winston Cup tour schedule currently under consideration. According to NASCAR sources, this second California 500 could be run on Labor Day weekend. That would mean that NASCAR's annual Labor Day Southern 500, a fixture on the stock-car tour since 1950, could become history, or could be moved to the current March spot in the schedule when a 400-miler is at Darlington.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-26-2003)
    UPDATE: The two dates most mentioned are Labor Day, which will steal Darlington Raceway's tradition, or the season-ending event, which is currently run at the Homestead Motorsports Complex. Both of these potential fall dates are rumored to be affairs under the lights.(Ford Racing)(4-26-2003)

  • Homestead Announcement? hearing there may be an announcement at Martinsville Speedway today concerning the Homestead-Miami Speedway reconstruction.(4-13-2003)
    ?? no announcement that I know of.(4-14-2003)

  • more on the Homestead possible reconstruction: While there is still no official word from Homestead-Miami track executives on just what they're doing, or planning to do, with that flat 11/2-mile track, but now comes word that the track may be radically redesigned with banking as much as 32 degrees. For comparison, Bristol and Talladega are both banked 36 degrees, and Atlanta is banked 24 degrees. Some drivers yesterday said they'd like to see Homestead-Miami redesigned with at least two grooves with different banking, say 28 degrees and 32 degrees, with a smooth transition. Two weeks ago several Winston Cup crew chiefs said they've been told the track will be redesigned with 20-degree banking, which would be a considerable change from the current configuration.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-29-2003)

  • Update on Homestead Reconstruction: Reconstruction of NASCAR's Homestead track is expected to begin soon, according to NASCAR sources, who say that the banking, currently only six degrees, will be increased to 20 degrees for the 11/2-mile facility. Homestead will be the site of the Winston Cup tour's season finale.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-15-2003)

  • Homestead to be reconstructed? Homestead may get reconstructed again AutoRacing1.com has learned from inside sources that a feasibility study has been done to tear up the flat turns at the Homestead oval and put in high banks after this years IRL race. The racing has been so boring there, even for Winston Cup, that something has to be done. This is the 2nd time the turns will have been torn up. The original track was shaped like a rectangle similar to Indy. It was then torn up and built to today's configuration. On a related note, did you know that ISC does NOT own the track? The city of Homestead owns it and ISC has a long-term lease to use it. Our moles also hear that the city may transfer ownership of the track to Miami-Dade County because the County does not have to pay itself property taxes on property itself owns.(AutoRacing1.com - need sub to read)(1-14-2003)

  • Greg Norman to Serve as Honorary Starter of Ford 400 and Tix still available: World Golf Hall of Fame member Greg Norman will serve as the Honorary Starter of the Ford 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway this Sunday, November 17. Norman will be on hand as NASCAR will crown a new champion. Tony Stewart and Mark Martin are the only two drivers left who can win the title. Both drivers are seeking their first NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship. As honorary starter, Norman will wave the green flag to start the race featuring 43 of the world's best drivers while the command to start engines will come from Ford 400 Grand Marshal Jim O'Connor, Ford Motor Company group vice president for North America Marketing, Sales and Service. Tickets are still available for the Ford 400 by calling 305-230-RACE or by visiting www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(11-16-2002)

  • DW at Homestead? hearing that 3 time Cup Champ Darrell Waltrip [DW] will be delivering the Invocation at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, no word on if he re-grew the goatee. Been told..no goatee.(11-15-2002)

  • Classic Rock Band to sing: Creedence Clearwater Revisited: The group will sing the national anthem before the Ford 400 at Homestead and will sign free autographs at the Ford/Harley Davidson display inside Gate 1 from 10:00-10:30am/et on Sunday.(Miami Herald)(11-12-2002)

  • Homestead-Miami - what you can bring: Fans are allowed to bring in one each of the following bags, which are subject to inspection: One soft-sided bag/cooler, no larger than 6 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches and one clear plastic souvenir bag, no larger than 18 inches by 4 inches.
    " No strollers, chairs, wagons, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards, pets or umbrellas.
    " All bags, including backpacks and camera bags, must be smaller than 6 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.
    " No ice, other than in a soft-sided cooler, will be allowed. No glass containers/bottles.(Miami Herald)(11-12-2002)

  • Ford to be title sponsor at Homestead...for all three races: Ford will be the official title sponsor of NASCAR's championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the next four years, it was announced jointly today by Curtis Gray, president of the speedway, and Francisco Codina, general marketing manager, Ford Division. Now known as Ford Championship Weekend, the November 14-17, 2002 event will feature the Ford 400, the NASCAR Winston Cup season-finale, the Ford 300, the NASCAR Busch Series season-finale, and the Ford 200, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season-finale. The races will provide exclamation points to a year in which, for the first time in history, NASCAR's top touring divisions will crown champions on the same weekend at the same venue. In addition to sponsoring the Championship Weekend and all three races, Ford, with the support of its South Florida Ford Dealers, also acquires Official Vehicle status at the Speedway, including the pace cars for all three races, through 2005. Ford's involvement in Ford Championship Weekend will be evident in a variety of ways.. On Sept. 22, Ford will begin promoting Ford Championship Weekend with a pair of television and radio advertisements featuring Winston Cup drivers Mark Martin, Dale Jarrett and Matt Kenseth.. The South Florida Ford Dealers will soon follow with an announcement detailing its plans to support the sponsorship in the local market, and Ford will have an extremely visible presence, both on- and off-track, at Homestead-Miami Speedway on race weekend.(Ford Racing PR)(9-17-2002)

  • Homestead Helps Out: Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system have successfully implemented the national educational program "Rev-It-Up, Racing Across the Curriculum" into six schools since the program's debut last August. The program is effectively up and running at Pesko Elementary, Leisure City Elementary, Campbell Drive Middle School, Homestead Middle School, Homestead Senior High School, and Robert Morgan Vocational Technical Institute. The program, which chose Miami-Dade as one of its pilot programs, involves a motorsports curriculum for schools that educators can utilize to reach students and make learning fun. "Rev-It-Up" provides students of all levels with fascinating opportunities for education through motorsports.. For example, an advanced student can learn mathematical concepts through the computing of the NASCAR Winston Cup point formula, while a beginning student can study math through the timing of a race. Homestead-Miami Speedway intends to expand the program by exposing "Rev-It-Up" to additional schools and teachers through a workshop slated for next summer at the Speedway.(HMS PR)(12-20-2001)

  • Homestead BGN Grand Marshals and KISS Scheme and a CHAT: the KISSONLINE site is reporting that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock group (an one of Jayski's faves) will be attending NASCAR races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 10th and 11th. On Saturday, November 10th both Gene and Paul will be the Grand Marshalls for the BGN Race. #40-Sterling Marlin's car will run a special KISS paint scheme in the Cup race that weekend(10-23-2001)
    CHAT: Simmons chatted on NASCAR.com: Chat Transcript Thursday(11-8/10-2001)

  • Homestead - Three Season Finales in 2002: Homestead president Curtis Gray will be hoping that the quests for the 2002 NASCAR championships in the Winston Cup, Busch Grand National and Craftsman Truck series all are contested right up to the season finales. That's because all three series will finish the year at Homestead, a first for any NASCAR track. The 2002 Winston Cup schedule released earlier revealed that Homestead will replace Atlanta as the site for the finale. The Busch season has concluded at Homestead since 1995. Not since 1993, at Atlanta, have the Cup and Busch finales been at the same track.(Miami Herald)(11-8-2001)

  • Homestead BGN Sponsor: General Nutrition Centers (GNC Live Well) announced it has signed to be the title sponsor of the BGN race in Miami. The GNC Live Well 300 is scheduled for Nov. 10 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. The season-ending NASCAR Busch Series event will be broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBC.(GNC PR)(11-7-2001)

  • Homestead to add banking? A source told NASCAR.com Friday that officials at Homestead-Miami Speedway were entertaining the possibility of adding banking to the turns of the flat, 1.5-mile oval, to improve the largely boring racing.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(10-27-2001)

  • Homestead BGN Grand Marshals: the KISSONLINE site is reporting that Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of the rock group (an one of Jayski's faves) will be attending NASCAR races at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 10th and 11th. On Saturday, November 10th both Gene and Paul will be the Grand Marshalls for the BGN Race. #40-Sterling Marlin's car will run a special KISS paint scheme in the Cup race that weekend(10-23-2001)

  • Homestead News: Homestead-Miami Speedway will host its annual NASCAR Winston Cup Open House/Select-A-Seat Day on Sunday, October 14 from 8:00am - 5:00pm. At the event, fans may reserve the best available seat for the NASCAR Winston Cup weekend, November 9-11, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fans who purchase tickets on Select-A-Seat Day will receive a complimentary ride in a pace car around the Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval as well as a coupon for a ride-along in a Winston Cup race car courtesy of the Richard Petty Driving Experience. Admission to the NASCAR Winston Cup Open House/Select-A-Seat Day is free to the public. Select-A-Seat is just one part of a full day of activities hosted by Homestead-Miami Speedway and the South Florida Motorsports Host Committee. The day will begin with a 5K Run/Fitness Walk (entry fee required) around the Speedway's oval at 8:00am. Following the 5K, there will be a variety of car shows, including custom and antique cars; a corporate go-kart challenge; and a NASCAR Driver Look-A-Like Contest with prizes featuring VIP treatment at the NASCAR Winston Cup race. Fans will also have an opportunity at Open House/Select-A-Seat Day to register to win four tickets and the use of an infield RV at next year's Daytona 500. The NASCAR Winston Cup Open House/Select-A-Seat Day was originally scheduled for September 15, but was postponed to Sunday, October 14 due to the national tragedy.. The American Red Cross will be at the Speedway collecting donations for national and local charities.(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(10-12-2001)

  • ISC to be sole owner of Homestead: International Speedway Corporation today announced that it will acquire the remaining 10% interest it does not already own in Homestead-Miami Speedway, LLC from Leisure Racing Services. As predetermined in the July 1997 Purchase Agreement when ISC acquired its initial 40% interest in HMS, the purchase price to be paid to LRSI is based on 10% of the negotiated facility valuation as of July 1997 plus interest.(Yahoo Biz)(9-28-2001)

  • Homestead News: Saturday's NASCAR Winston Cup Open House/Select-A-Seat Day, Including The Car Shows And 5k Run At Homestead-Miami Speedway, Has Been Re-Scheduled For Sunday, October 14 Due To This Week's National Events.(Homstead-Miami Speedway PR)(9-13-2001)

  • Homestead will take it UPDATE Atlanta in Oct: Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark has expressed interest in moving his Winston Cup races to different dates next season. The track hosts the Cracker Barrell 500 in March and the season-ending NAPA 500. Homestead-Miami Speedway president Curtis Gray said his facility, which has the second-to-last race of the season, would be interested in gaining the final race. The past two champions have clinched the title at Homestead-Miami. "Sure it'd be great to have the last of the season," Gray said. "It'd be very prestigious."(St Petersburg Times) AND Clark declined to mention which track would be willing to take the November race, but he did say he'd prefer to hold the event in September or October, "which are two of the driest months of the year in Georgia." The last five Winston Cup race weekends at AMS have been affected by inclement weather. NASCAR has told AMS that the spring race will remain in the second week of March(AJC)(7-8-2001)
    UPDATE: Next season, for the first time since 1986, Atlanta Motor Speedway will not host the finale race of the Winston Cup season. Atlanta's fall Winston Cup race in the 2002 season will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, three weeks earlier than usual. The move, which had been pursued by officials at the speedway and Speedway Motorsports Inc., the track's owner, because of frequent poor weather in November, should allow the Winston Cup season to conclude at Homestead, Fla. Currently, NASCAR's BGN division ends its season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Having the Winston Cup season end the same weekend would provide for a "championship weekend" of sorts. Before Atlanta began hosting the final race of the season in 1987, it was held at Riverside, Calif., for six seasons.(That's Racin')(8-2-2001)
    UPDATE 2: see That's Racin's How the 2002 schedule is shaking out along with my Tentative 2002 Winston Cup Schedule(8-3-2001)

  • Homestead Story: The Winston Cup did not come cheaply to Homestead. To attract the coveted NASCAR series to the Homestead-Miami Speedway, elected officials made concessions to the track's private operators in 1997 that cost the city tens of millions of dollars. It's money the city could use as it struggles to overcome a financial crisis that may end in a state financial takeover, even bankruptcy. See the full story at the Miami Herald: Winston Cup hurts Homestead - Loss of millions to speedway operator depriving city in danger of bankruptcy (two week story link) also a story at SpeedVision: Street Fight in Miami(7-22-2001)

  • Homestead will take it: Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark has expressed interest in moving his Winston Cup races to different dates next season. The track hosts the Cracker Barrell 500 in March and the season-ending NAPA 500. Homestead-Miami Speedway president Curtis Gray said his facility, which has the second-to-last race of the season, would be interested in gaining the final race. The past two champions have clinched the title at Homestead-Miami. "Sure it'd be great to have the last of the season," Gray said. "It'd be very prestigious."(St Petersburg Times) AND Clark declined to mention which track would be willing to take the November race, but he did say he'd prefer to hold the event in September or October, "which are two of the driest months of the year in Georgia." The last five Winston Cup race weekends at AMS have been affected by inclement weather. NASCAR has told AMS that the spring race will remain in the second week of March(AJC)(7-8-2001)

  • Homestead PR Hire: Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway, has named Phil de Montmollin as the Speedway's Public Relations Manager.. De Montmollin will handle public relations for the NASCAR Winston Cup Pennzoil 400 and the 20th anniversary Grand Prix of Miami, along with Homestead-Miami Speedway's many other events including South Florida appearances of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Grand American Road Racing series. He replaces J.J. O'Malley, who has been named to the new position of Senior Editor for ISC Publications, Inc., a subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation (ISC).(Homestead Miami PR)(7-6-2001)

  • Tix at Homestead - Monday: Reserved seats for the November 9-11 Pennzoil 400 weekend, the return of NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series racing to Homestead-Miami Speedway, will go on sale to the public for the first time on Monday, April 23, at 9 a.m. This will be the first opportunity for first-time buyers to purchase reserved seat tickets for the 2001 events. Both weekend packages and single-day tickets will be available. To order reserved seats, call (305) 230-RACE, visit the Speedway's official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com, or Ticketmaster Ticket Centers.(4-20-2001)

  • Homestead to honor Veterans: Homestead-Miami Speedway will pay special tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces during the Nov. 10-12 Pennzoil 400 weekend. The U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy will each play significant roles during both of the Veterans Day Weekend races, Saturday's BGN finale, and Sunday's Cup race. The Marines will celebrate their 225th birthday on Friday, Nov. 10, by unveiling a special red, white and blue paint scheme for the Team Marines Chevy to be driven by Hank Parker Jr. in the BGN race. Former Marines in the NASCAR community will be invited to join Major General Gary Parks for the cutting of a 225th birthday cake. The Marine Corps Color Guard will preside over opening ceremonies for Saturday's Miami 300, which will include a fly-over by U.S. Navy P-3 Orions, and a Marine parachute team will present NASCAR with the green flag for the race. Sunday's Pennzoil 400 pre-race festivities will include the Homestead Air Reserve Base Color Guard, the U.S. Air Force Stars parachute team, and a fly-over with F-16s from the Homestead Air Reserve Base. Staff Sgt. Mitchell Martin, a Marine based in Norfolk, Va., will play the National Anthem on a trumpet. Sgt. Martin is an instructor at the Armed Forces School of Music(HMS Site)(11-6-2000)

  • Homestead Grand Marshal: Howard H. Baker Jr., former Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, will preside over opening festivities as the Grand Marshal for the Nov. 10-12 Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Senator Baker will give the famed command, "Gentlemen, start your engines" to the 43-car field Senator Baker has returned to private life and the practice of law after serving in the United States Senate from 1967 until January of 1985, and as President Reagan's Chief of Staff from February 1987 until July of 1988(HMS PR)(11-2-2000)

  • Free Qualifying at Homestead...for kids: School will be out on Friday, Nov. 10(Veterans Day), and there's no better place to take the family than Homestead-Miami Speedway, for practice and qualifying. Unreserved grandstand tickets will cost $10 for Lennox Pole Day activities on Friday, Nov. 10, with children 12 and under free when accompanied by a paying adult. As always at Homestead-Miami Speedway, parking is free(HMS PR)(10-26-2000)

  • Four for One: A limited time opportunity includes two race dates at Homestead-Miami Speedway and two race dates at Daytona, all for $149. With the Four on the Floor fans will see the Nov. 11 Miami 300 at Homestead-Miami, the 2000 BGN finale, and the Cup Series race at Homestead-Miami. At Daytona, the two races included are the Gatorade 125-mile Qualifying Races on Thursday, Feb. 15 and concludes on Friday, Feb. 16, with an action-packed doubleheader. The Craftsman Trucks open their 2001 campaign in the Florida Dodge Dealers 250, followed by 12 top drivers from different forms of motorsports in identically-prepared cars in the opening round of IROC XXV. Fans can shift into high gear with the Four on the Floor by calling the Daytona International Speedway ticket office at (904) 253-RACE. This limited time offer ends October 31st(DIS)(10-6-2000)

  • Homestead-Miami News UPDATE: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that Discount Auto Parts has been named a presenting sponsor for the Nov. 12 Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Winston Cup event. The race will now be known as the Pennzoil 400 presented by Discount Auto Parts(Homestead-Miami Speedway Site PR)(9-26-2000)
    UPDATE: David Larson has been named Director of Marketing and Communications at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Speedway President Curtis Gray announced. In his new position, effective immediately, Larson will be responsible for the overall communications plan for the South Florida track as well as all aspects of marketing, promotions, public relations and advertising(Homestead-Miami Speedway Site PR)(9-27-2000)

  • Coolers at Homestead: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that it will allow fans to bring coolers to the weekend's events on Nov 11-12th. Guests may bring six-pack-sized coolers (no larger than 8 1/2 " wide by 12" long or 12" high), although glass containers will not be allowed. The Speedway's decision on coolers is a direct response to input from fans. Other fan conveniences recently initiated by the Speedway include on-line ticket sales, expanded free parking, and continuing efforts with regional officials to improve traffic flow(Homestead-Miami Speedway PR)(9-25-2000)

  • Homestead News: Homestead-Miami Speedway will hold a free full day of activities on Sunday, Sept. 17, teaming with the South Florida Motorsports Host Committee to present the inaugural Speedway Days. Activities include Select-A-Seat for the Nov. 10-12 Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Winston Cup weekend, go kart races, and a custom and antique car show. Speedway Days is designed to open up the Speedway to the general public so they can experience the facility first-hand, free of charge. All available seats for the Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Winston Cup race and Miami 300 NASCAR Busch Series finale will be marked, and fans will be able to wander through the grandstands to find their favorite vantage point. Fans reserving seats that day will get a Homestead-Miami Speedway t-shirt and lap around the 1.5-mile oval in pace cars or official track vehicles (time permitting)(HMS PR)(9-15-2000)

  • HMS Tix: To demonstrate how easy it is to order tickets on-line for the Nov. 10-12 Pennzoil 400 weekend, Homestead-Miami Speedway announced it is waiving the $8 service charge for all on-line ticket orders on its official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com, through September 9.(8-11-2000)

  • Homestead Tix: Homestead-Miami Speedway announced that single-day tickets for both the November 11 Miami 300(BGN) and November 12 Pennzoil 400(CUP) are now being offered. Ticket packages are available by calling the Speedway ticket office at (305) 230-RACE, or may be purchased on-line by visiting the Speedway's official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com(PR)(7-31-2000)

  • Nashville, Homestead and Gateway gets IRL races: The IRL on Sunday announced its 2001 schedule, which includes a race at Nashville Superspeedway on July 21 to be televised on ESPN. The 50,000-seat facility in Wilson County is scheduled to open in April(Tennessean)
    AND The Grand Prix of Miami will have a new look and feel when the race returns to South Florida next Spring as the Indy Racing Northern Light Series becomes the new sanctioning body for the event, Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray announced Monday. The Grand Prix of Miami is set for April 8, 2001(Homestead Miami Site)
    AND Less than a week after Gateway officials learned that CART would not return to the facility in Madison after this September's race, the Indy Racing League filled the void. The IRL will stage a 300-mile event on Gateway's 1.25-mile oval on Aug. 26, 2001 and will be televised nationally by ESPN(St Louis Post Dispatch)(6-20-2000)

  • Homestead-Miami Tix: Ordering tickets for the Nov. 10-12 Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart at Homestead-Miami Speedway is now easier than ever. Speedway President Curtis Gray announced that tickets for the NASCAR Winston Cup weekend can now be ordered on-line directly through the official web site, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com(5-13-2000)

  • Florida Taxes: Florida legislators will limit a $2 million-a-year tax refund for racetracks to the Homestead-Miami Speedway under legislation still moving in both the House and Senate. When the measure was first unveiled earlier this year, both Homestead and Daytona International Speedway would have qualified for a tax refund for up to 30 years. Daytona Beach-based racing empire International Speedway Corp. operates both racetracks. But a Senate panel on Monday changed the bill (SB 1294) so that Daytona would no longer be able to apply for the tax refund. The measure was then approved unanimously by the Senate Commerce and Economic Opportunities Committee. See full story at Speed Magazine by Gary Fineout(4-25-2000)

  • Florida Track Tax Break: A $2 million-a-year tax rebate that could benefit Florida's two speedways sailed through a Senate panel Thursday. See full AP story at Speed Magazine(4-14-2000)

  • ISC and Florida: Gov. Jeb Bush has warned that he may find it hard to support a $2 million a year tax break being sought this year by International Speedway Corp., owners of Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway(Speed Magazine)(2-29-2000)

  • Homestead BGN Grand Marshal: Seven-time Winston Cup champion Richard Petty will be the Grand Marshal for the Nov. 13 HotWheels.com 300, while his son, Winston Cup driver Kyle Petty, will wave the green flag as the race's Honorary Starter. Running in the event will be Adam Petty, Kyle's son and NASCAR's first fourth-generation driver(Homestead-Miami Speedway Newsletter)(11-3-1999)

  • Homestead News: A new Dodge Intrepid ES will lead the 43-car NASCAR Winston Cup field to the green flag for the November 14 Pennzoil 400 Presented by Kmart at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Homestead-Miami Speedway announced today that Dodge will be the Official Pace Car for all NASCAR races at the 1.5-mile Speedway for the next four years. AND Golfer Arnold Palmer, one of the top athletes of the 20th century, has been named Grand Marshal of the inaugural Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart November 14, the debut of NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway(Homestead-Miami Speedway Newsletter)(10-29-1999)

  • Kmart at Homestead: Kmart has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Homestead-Miami Speedway race and will be called, the Pennzoil 400 Presented by Kmart. The department store chain is a sponsor of Darrell Waltrip's #66 Ford, but the car has missed the show at three of the last four events. Kmart will join with Pennzoil to sponsor NASCAR's Winston Cup race at the South Florida racetrack on Nov. 14. The track also announced that it would be selling commemorative bricks that will pave the way from the track's main entrance to its 'Racing Village'. The bricks can be purchased by fans for $100 each, and inscripted with messages of two lines of 14 spaces each. The bricks will be a permanent part of the speedway, however all messages will be subject to approval by the track's management(Racer Magazine)(10-19-1999)

  • Homestead Promotion: Curtis Gray was named president of Homestead-Miami Speedway Tuesday, moving up from his position as executive vice president. Gray, a former official in the promotions arm of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco before going to the South Florida track, replaces Brian Skuza. Skusa is returning to Michigan Speedway, where he was director of corporate sales in 1996-97, to the new position of director of buisness affairs(That's Racin'/Homestead Newsletter)(7-7-1999)

  • Homestead: The Homestead racing facility has a new name. The new name is Homestead-Miami Speedway, replacing the rather cumbersome former name, Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex -- which no doubt owed its complex name in part to the politics of the facility's post-hurricane government funding. In addition, a new teal-and-purple logo featuring a large palm tree was unveiled(goRacing)(7-2-1999)

  • Homestead Camping: With capacity crowds and jam-packed hotels expected in Miami for the inaugural Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 11-14, arrangements have been made for race fans to enjoy the comfort of their own motorhomes close to the Speedway's first and second turns. A limited number of weekend camping locations are now on sale for spaces at the Homestead Sports Complex. For $250, spectators will have a reserved camping area, showers and free shuttle service to and from the Speedway. Other amenities include a convenience store, potable water, complimentary daily pump-out service, one complimentary copy of the event's souvenir program per spot and a daily copy of The Miami Herald. The area will be well-lighted with 24-hour security. For additional information, visit the official Homestead-Miami Speedway web site(Homestead News Letter)(6-17-1999)

  • Homestead Newsletter CORRECTION: Race fans can get on the inside track preparing for the November 14, 1999 Pennzoil 400 n the long-awaited debut of NASCAR Winston Cup racing in South Florida n by subscribing to Miami Pit Stops, the free official on-line newsletter of Homestead-Miami Speedway. The monthly newsletter will feature upcoming races, a what's new section and profiles on racing's most popular athletes. The inaugural issue includes a construction update on the Speedway, and a feature on Geoffrey Bodine's efforts to win in Miami and his favorite activities in South Florida. There's also a poll to find out who the fans think will win the first Pennzoil 400. Future monthly newsletters will also include testing reports, driver features, contests, traffic tips and reports on race-related happenings in South Florida. To subscribe to the free newsletter, visit the official Homestead-Miami Speedway web site(5-28-1999) -- LINK FIXED(6-1-1999)

  • Miami News: Executives of Homestead-Miami Speedway announced today that South Florida's inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup race has a new name - the Pennzoil 400. The event will be held Nov. 14, 1999, and will be the first NASCAR Winston Cup race at the four-year-old, state-of-the-art facility. The race was originally sponsored by Jiffy Lube, one of Pennzoil-Quaker State Company's retail oil change center brands, but will switch to Pennzoil, the nation's top-selling motor oil brand(Yahoo Biz)(5-8-1999)

  • Homestead Expansion: Homestead-Miami Speedway has begun construction of 21,000 additional seats for the Nov. 11-14 debut of Cup racing in South Florida. This phase of Speedway construction will boost grandstand capacity to more than 71,000. Infield, suite and hospitality admissions will push total attendance beyond 80,000(Racemiami.com)(5-4-1999)

  • NBC/Homestead: NBC's announcers for the BGN/Cup weekend at Miami will be Alan Bestwick and Super Bowl coach/car owner Joe Gibbs, with Bob Costas as the host. No pit reporter assignments yet. Costas has no racing background, but follows the NASCAR-influenced network trend of ESPN's Mike Tirico at the Cup Banquet and Greg Gumbel at Daytona for CBS(1-28-1999)

  • Homestead Tickets: Tickets for the inaugural Jiffy Lube Miami 400 at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, the debut of NASCAR Winston Cup racing in South Florida, go on sale Tuesday, December 1. The speedway ticket office will begin accepting orders at 9am/et that day. The ticket order form will be posted on the Speedway's official web site, www.racemiami.com on Monday, giving fans the option of printing the form and filling their order via FedEx. For additional information, call the Speedway ticket office at 305-230-7223, or visit the website at www.racemiami.com. See full story at GoRacing: Tickets For Homestead on Sale Dec. 1(11-27-1998)

  • Race fans have a chance at obtaining better seats for next season's inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup Series event at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex -- the Jiffy Lube Miami 400 -- if they act quickly to purchase premium reserved seats for the BGN race there this November, for more info see NASCAR Online at: Homestead offers ticket deal.(10-2-1998)

  • It's a long way off but - NBC Sports has signed a three-year deal to broadcast the Winston Cup and BGN events at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, beginning on Nov. 13-14, 1999.(NASCAR Online)(9-22-1998)

  • In a CBS SportsLine Website story: Winston Cup circuit expected to motor into South Florida, it mentions the Japan exhibition race: "The addition of a Homestead race would bring the Winston Cup calendar up to 35(including The Winston) races, but not necessarily lengthen the season. This year's schedule includes an exhibition in Japan not likely to be renewed."(9-2-1998)

  • An AP story from NandoNet about The Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex scheduling a "major announcement" for Thursday(9-3-1998): Homestead about to become part of Winston Cup circuit.(NandoNet)(8-31-1998)

  • Homestead got a little closer to having a Winston Cup race Friday after the City Council approved a series of changes to the speedway lease. NASCAR required the changes for it to consider the Homestead track for a coveted Winston Cup race. Though city and speedway officials expect to hear some good news from NASCAR in the next couple of weeks, neither side was willing to go out on a limb about it. Story at the Miami Herald: Changes give track a shot at Winston Cup.(thanks to Juan from The Petty Page for the heads up)(8-25-1998)

  • The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Cup race at Homestead will be in November 1999. See the story at Homestead to play host to NASCAR in November. In anticipation of the event, the city of Homestead plans to expand the track's grandstand from 45,000 to more than 70,000 seats.(Sun-Sentinel)(8-14-1998)

  • Homestead Mayor Steve Shiver said Tuesday he is "very confident" that NASCAR will schedule a Winston Cup race at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex for the fall of 1999. Although the city has received no assurances, Shiver confirmed that Homestead is negotiating to acquire a race. See the rest of the story at Winston Cup race may be here in '99.(The Miami Herald)(6-10-1998)

  • Looks like my source was correct: "NASCAR's Winston Cup schedule is likely to increase from 33 to 34 races next season with a race being added at Homestead (Fla.) Motorsports Complex, a source within the sports's governing body told The Charlotte Observer on Saturday. Another race is likely to be added to the schedule at a new motorsports facility in Kansas City, Mo. in the year 2000, the source said. To keep the schedule from growing any further, the spring race at Darlington would be dropped from the Winston Cup schedule(in 2000). The race next season at Homestead will likely appear on the schedule where the Atlanta spring race was held this season -- in early March. The Atlanta spring race will be moved one week later."(That's Racin')(6-7-1998)

  • The PR director for Watkins Glen International, J.J. O'Malley, has taken a similar position with Homestead in Miami, FL.(the Voice)(5-30-1998)

  • "Miami-Homestead. NASCAR men are penciling in a Winston Cup race in that market for next season, probably in the early spring."(in part from the JournalNow - link in the stories section)(5-20-1998)

  • ISC and Penske bought out track founder Ralph Sanchez's remaining ten per cent of the Homestead track.(3-16-1998) see the story at ESPN.(3-17-1998)

  • The fate of Homestead, Fla., as a potential Winston Cup tour stop is up in the air now that CBS has regained a share of the NFL, according to NASCAR sources. NASCAR had been banking on CBS wanting to televise a Homestead race; now the sanctioning body is putting the race back out in the marketplace to see who might want to carry it, and when.(JournalNow)(2-23-1998)

  • While premature, I have heard that Homestead, FL will be given a 1999 racedate, no idea if any tracks will lose a date or if it will just be added(1-6-1998)

  • "NASCAR'S Bill France is squeezing Bruton Smith pretty hard in their race to add tracks to their portfolios, and Smith is now worried that he may lose Atlanta's favored position as the last race of the season, that France may give that spot on the 1999 calendar to his own track in Homestead(FL), according to sources close to Smith."(JournalNow)(9-16-1997)

  • A little explanation of the ISC and PMI 'purchase' of Homestead thanks to the JournalNow: The track is owned by the city of Homestead on county land, but it is operated under a lease agreement which runs through 2032. Penske Motorsports (PMI) and ISC will now each have a 40 percent stake in the new lease-deal(7-25-1997)

  • ISC(Bill France) and Roger Penske have bought 40% each of the Homestead Motor Complex lease, the other 20% is split between Ralph Sancehz and Wayne Hunzenga(many sources)(7-23-1997)

  • From Speedworld: The Homestead Motorsports Complex is has nearly complete the reconstruction of the turns to a pure oval. Repaving of the new constant radius oval has been completed. The only thing left to do is the painting of the new wall. The reconfiguration of the former quad-oval began March 17 and the track will remain off limits while it cures in advance of a Goodyear tire test September 9-10. The NASCAR Busch Series will be at the new oval November 7-9 for the running of the third annual Jiffy Lube Miami 300 and the final points event for the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series and the NASCAR Slim Jim All Pro Series(7-13-1997)

  • Bill France is on the verge of signing a management or ownership sharing agreement with the owners of the Homestead, FL., track, according to NASCAR sources. France is also looking for a new Chicago area site for a proposed superspeedway. The DuPage Airport option is apparently dead. And France has also been pushing Kansas City officials to consider various plans for a new superspeedway there(JournalNow)(6-10-1997)

  • I hear a Richard Petty group may buy Homestead. Childress is said to have a stake in proposed track in Denver. Petty also predicts NASCAR schedule will grow to 45 dates. Says France told him series will have to grow.(4-28-1997)


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