NASCAR, IndyCar, Grand-Am drivers look to build momentum toward Homestead-Miami—home to six motorsports Championships this fall

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IndyCar, Grand-Am Sports Cars: The NextEra Energy Resources
SpeedJam Championships Oct. 9-10
 
Trophy time begins with the NextEra Energy Resources SpeedJam Championships Oct. 9-10 at Homestead-Miami. Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, A.J. Foyt IV and the many stars of IndyCar headline the action on Saturday, Oct. 10, under the lights at THE Championship Track. Reaching speeds in excess of 230 miles per hour, the IndyCar stars do their high-speed dance on South Florida’s progressive 18-to-20 degree banked track.
 
“Homestead-Miami is a racetrack that suits my driving style for reasons I am not entirely sure,” said Panther Racing’s Wheldon. “The race is always incredibly challenging because the car does change as the temperatures cool off in the night. Because of the fact that it is a night race, this adds to the excitement for the fans and allows us as drivers to sleep in, which is always good.”
 
Don’t sleep too late, Dan. Because the high-tech Daytona Prototypes and nimble GT-class cars of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race that same Saturday, Oct. 10, with a green flag tentatively slated to wave at 1 p.m.
 
This two-and-half-hour battle of man and machine will play out on Homestead-Miami’s demanding 2.21-mile, 14-turn road course. Scheduled to race in the Grand-Am finale: “Grey’s Anatomy” star Patrick Dempsey, who pursues his real love of motorsports when he can break away from his on-camera role of Dr. “McDreamy” Shepherd.
 
And the SpeedJam Championships Weekend kicks off Friday night, Oct. 9, when IndyCar stars of tomorrow take to the track for the Firestone Indy Lights Championship finale. Current IndyCar driver Rafa Matos (Luzco Dragon Racing) won the Lights title last year, setting himself up for a full-time IndyCar ride in 2009.
 
Three Championship finales, and how’s this for added value: In addition to Championship racing, the SpeedJam Championships also include a full day-night outdoor festival of live music, car shows and BBQ contests.
 
“Homestead-Miami Speedway is committed to delivering extra value for the entertainment dollar,” said Speedway President Curtis Gray. “And with the SpeedJam Championships an all-day family festival that incorporates a Kids Zone, BBQ competition, car shows and live entertainment—not to mention IndyCar’s top drivers hitting 230 miles per hour—we’re going to make it even easier for families to come out and enjoy the Championship finales of both IndyCar and the Grand-Am Sports Cars.”
 
And with IndyCar drivers making a habit of running their season down to the last lap of the last race before a champion can be declared, this is a Championship not to be missed. Adult prices for the Oct. 9-10 SpeedJam Championships start at just $30. Special offers include:
 
- Children ages 12 and younger: With the purchase of an accompanying adult ticket, children ages 12 and younger will be admitted FREE of charge Friday and

Saturday to both the grandstands and the exclusive paddock area—providing unique access to the driver garages of IndyCar competitors.

 
- Teens ages 13 to 16: Teens ages 13 to 16 accompanied by at least one adult will receive a discounted “Youth Rate” of $15 for Saturday. Admission price for Friday is $10 for all guests over the age of 12.
 
- Please register children—FREE and discounted—in advance: Because assigned/reserved seating will be provided, fans need register in advance the number of children attending the “SpeedJam Championships” by calling (866) 409-RACE. There is no limit to the number of children who can accompany each adult ticket holder. Assigned seating will be provided to all guests of Homestead-Miami Speedway regardless of age.
 
Tickets for all six Championships go on sale on sale April 20th by calling (866) 409-RACE or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.
 
 
 
 
NASCAR: Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 20-22
 
Then, six weeks after the SpeedJam Championships, NASCAR’s superstars come to town to crown champions in all three NASCAR series—Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series—during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 20-22.
 
Catch the Trucks Championship Friday night (kids 12 and under are FREE), the Nationwide Championship on Saturday (kids 12 and under just $15) and the culmination of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship on Sunday (tickets start at just $55).
 
After 35 grueling races, Dale Jr., Jimmie, Tony, Jeff, Carl and the rest of NASCAR’s elite wrap up the 2009 campaign right here in South Florida, and the storylines will be plentiful:
 
- Jimmie Johnson seeking history with his 4th consecutive Sprint Cup title
 
- Jeff Gordon racing for his fifth Sprint Cup title—at the one track at which he’s never won
 
- Carl Edwards seeking the crown after winning more races than Johnson in 2008—and still falling short of the Cup title
 
- Tony Stewart out to prove wrong all the nay-sayers who said he couldn’t own a team and compete for another title
 
-  Dale Earnhardt, Jr. eyeing a Miami-style celebration as he seeks to capture that elusive first Sprint Cup Championship
 
“The Chase is a whole different world and you don't know how people are going to react to pressure,” said Johnson. “We just have no clue what's going to

happen.”

 
Added Edwards: “I think back to the end of last season and…we were fighting for the [Cup Series] win. I mean, we were right there. That's really special….”
 
Indeed, if there’s uncertainty on the track as we march through NASCAR’s 2009 season, one thing is assured: It will all be decided during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 20-22 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
And with some of the below special ticket offers, Homestead-Miami is making it easier for fans to be there live for the championship finale of America’s No. 1 spectator sport.
 
- All kids 12 and under are FREE for Friday night’s Camping World Truck Championship and just $15 for Saturday’s Nationwide Championship
 
- Save up to $45 on three-day packages or $35 on two-day tickets
 
- Tickets start at just $55 for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Championship finale
 
- Parking is always free at Homestead-Miami Speedway
 
- Tickets on sale on sale April 20th by calling (866) 409-RACE or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com
 
And with the Nov. 20-22 weekend falling just prior to Thanksgiving week, there’s the added opportunity to make it a family vacation: Be a part of racing history during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami, and then enjoy a few extra days in the Florida sunshine.
 
Tickets for all six Championships go on sale on sale April 20th by calling (866) 409-RACE or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.
 
It’s motorsports history in 2009 as Homestead-Miami Speedway becomes the first venue ever to host all of North America’s premier motorsports championships: the IndyCar, Grand-Am Rolex SportsCar and Firestone Indy Lights Series during the NextEra Energy Resources SpeedJam Championships Oct. 9-10; and NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 20-22. For ticket info on all six 2009 championships, call (866) 409-RACE or visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com. Homestead-Miami Speedway—THE Championship Track.
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