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
Most Wins by a Manufacturer: 7 - Ford; 4 - Chevy; 2 - Pontiac; 2 Toyota; 1 Dodge
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 190 - Carl Edwards, 11/21/2010
there is only ONE drivers who has competed in all 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Homestead: #24-Jeff Gordon.(11-16-2014)
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)
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