In advance of Nov. 16-18 Ford Championship Weekend, Biffle dives with dolphins, toddles with tortoise and fraternizes with NASCAR fans
MIAMI—Perhaps it was inevitable: As NASCAR's Greg Biffle ambled through the Miami zoo habitat atop 100-year-old giant tortoise "Red"—emblazoned with his Ford car's No. 16—a fan viewing from nearby called out: "How does it compare to the Car of Tomorrow?"
"It rides a little tight," Biffle replied. And this wasn't the only humoring done by the three-time Ford 400 winner and animal advocate during the daylong tour of two of Miami's premier animal attractions: Jungle Island and Miami Seaquarium. In addition to riding the tortoise, Biffle and fiancée Nicole—guests of Homestead-Miami Speedway—spent Tuesday feeding kangaroos and manatees, swimming with dolphins and receiving an amazingly gentle kiss from killer whale Lolita. An avid outdoorsman, Biffle was transported exclusively via local Miami fishing boats the "Thomas Flyer" and "Leeward Rod."
"I had a great time doing everything today," Biffle said. "The dolphins, the kangaroos, the whale—it was all great. And the best part of it all may have been traveling by boat. I love being out on the water; what a cool way to get out and see Miami."
Biffle's South Florida visit culminated at Monty's in Coconut Grove, where NASCAR fans and happy-hour patrons gathered en masse to meet Sunday's Kansas 400 winner. Biffle signed autographs and sold his just-released 2008 NASCAR Pets Calendar—featuring drivers alongside their pets—with proceeds benefiting Greg Biffle Foundation partners, including the Humane Society, spay and neuter clinics, no-kill animal shelters and the Animal Adoption League.
Biffle's Miami visit comes six weeks in advance of Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 16-18), when the 2004-06 NEXTEL Cup finale winner returns to Miami seeking an unprecedented four-peat. Tickets for NASCAR's series-crowning weekend remain available via www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or by calling (866) 409-RACE.
"Homestead-Miami has been a great track for me—I love the variable banking, and I have had a lot of luck there," Biffle said. "I'd like to win the Ford 400 again this year, and I'll be coming back next year focused on winning not just the race, but the championship."
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE for all three races at Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval Nov. 16-18, as the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series all crown champions under the lights during Ford Championship Weekend. For more information, please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.