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MIAMI—Cafecitos, salsa-dancing and NASCAR? These three unique bedfellows took center stage Thursday at Miami coffee shop Las Islas Canarias, as more than 100 coffee aficionados enjoyed complimentary drinks as part of the “¡Tu Café Hoy!” cafecito tour. Presented by Homestead-Miami Speedway and Sprint Nextel, this four-week excursion culminates with Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 16-18)—NASCAR’s series-crowning race in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, as well as the Busch and Craftsman Truck series finales.
Last week, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Sprint Nextel partnered with local Spanish radio Zol 95.7 FM to introduce the excitement of motorsports to South Florida’s Latin community. Complimentary cafecitos were provided in celebration of NASCAR’s first victorious Latin NEXTEL Cup driver: Miami resident Juan Pablo Montoya. The visit also featured a NASCAR show car, a dancing performance by the Speedway’s own Salsa Kings and merchandise galore.
And fans on the receiving end of the free coffee were more than complimentary. Short of trading the coffee cup for the NEXTEL Cup, the recipients could not have been more appreciative.
“I am so excited NASCAR came out here today,” said Miami resident Frank Rios. “NASCAR is the greatest sport ever. And for those who say it is not a sport, they're right—it's a way of life. Thank you Sprint Nextel and Homestead-Miami Speedway; this is great.”
The tour makes three more stops at South Florida cafecito shops in advance of Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 16-18), when Montoya returns to his hometown track for the NEXTEL Cup race. Tickets will be on sale at each of three stops, scheduled noon to 1 p.m.:
Versailles (1233 SW 8th St., Miami) - Oct. 25
Casa Larios (5747 SW 73rd St., South Miami) - Nov. 1
Mario’s (12345 SW 200 St., Homestead) - Nov. 5
“The cafecito event is a great way for our customers to connect NASCAR with the Hispanic community via Sprint Speed,” said Sprint Hispanic Marketing Manager Julio Suarez.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE for Ford Championship Weekend 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. Additional festivities include Ford Racefest—featuring live concerts, interactive exhibits, NASCAR drivers and the NEXTEL Cup trophy on display—the Homestead-Miami Speedway Celebrity Golf Classic, the Hot Rods & Reels fishing tournament and Ford's “Bailando Por La Copa” salsa-dance finals. For tickets, please call (866) 409-RACE or visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.