1 Speedway Boulevard
Homestead, FL 33035
Phone: (866) 409-RACE
Main Office: (305) 230-5000
Admin Fax: (305) 230-5140
NEW Track Specs 2003:
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval
Degree of Banking: Turns: Variable 18-19-20 degrees
Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 55 feet, Banking: 4 degrees
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Lighting added for 2005 season
Groundbreaking: Aug. 24, 1993
Opened: Nov. 3, 1995
Grandstand Seating: 65,000
OLD Track Specs 1995-2002:
Track/Race Length: 1.5 mile oval
Degree of Banking: Turns: 6 degrees
Straightaways: Length: 1,760 feet, Width: 60 feet, Banking: 3 degrees
Grandstand Seating: 46,000 [down from 56,000 and 65,000]
Length: 30 feet
Width: 18 feet
2016 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 128.869mph, started 14th (WON Championship)
Race Record [new layout]: Jeff Gordon, Nov 2012, 142.245mph
Race Record [old layout]: Tony Stewart, Nov 1999, 140.335mph
Slowest Race Record: Greg Biffle, 2004, 105.623mph [new layout]
Oldest Race Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 1 months, 3 days, 11/11/2001
Youngest Race Winner: Kurt Busch, 24 years, 3 months, 13 days, 11/17/2002
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Denny Hamlin, 2009, started 38th
2016 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 177.637mph, finished 3rd
Track Qualifying Record [new layout]: Brad Keselowski, 11/14/2014, 181.238mph, 1st round of qualifying
Track Qualifying Record [old layout]: Steve Park, Nov 2000, 156.440mph
Oldest Pole Winner: Bill Elliott, 46 years, 1 months, 3 days, 11/11/2001
Youngest Pole Winner: Joey Logano, 22 years, 5 months, 23 days, 11/16/2012
Most Wins by a Manufacturer: Ford, 7; Chevy, 5; Toyota, 3; Pontiac, 2; Dodge, 1
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 190 - Carl Edwards, 11/21/2010
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
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)
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)
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)
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)