Ford Championship Weekend 2010 (Nov. 19-21) fan amenities

Zac Brown Band

South Beach will play host to “Coca-Cola Fuels NASCAR Championship Drive,” a two-day fan fest headlined by a free concert from the Zac Brown Band.

With just one race remaining before NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend in Miami (Nov. 19-21), the Sprint Cup Series features its closest Chase race ever. Denny Hamlin maintains a slim 15-point lead over second-place points driver Jimmie Johnson and third-place Kevin Harvick, who sits 46 points back of the Championship.

Fans who purchase a NASCAR Championship ticket starting at $55 can in effect put their wallets away for the weekend, as this year Homestead-Miami Speedway is expanding its guest amenities to include increased access to drivers; a very liberal BYO food/drink policy allowing for coolers as large as 14x14x14; unlimited re-entry to/from parking lots to restock; and FREE parking. More on what Homestead-Miami Speedway is offering fans for Ford Championship Weekend guests:

► FREE entry into NASCAR’s “Coca-Cola Fuels Championship Drive” fan festival on South Beach Nov. 18-19, highlighted by a FREE concert Thursday night by headline-act Zac Brown Band
► Unique fan access upgrades to question-and-answer sessions with NASCAR’s top drivers in fan-hospitality areas throughout Ford Championship Weekend, set to include: Danica Patrick, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bobby Labonte, Michael Waltrip, Mark Martin, Joey Logano, David Reutimann, Todd Bodine and more.
► FREE general parking for all fans throughout race weekend at Homestead-Miami
► An increasingly liberal bring-your-own food/drink policy that now allows for coolers as large as 14x14x14 (vs. the previous standard of 6x6x6) into Homestead-Miami Speedway
► Unlimited re-entry to/from parking lots to restock personal coolers with BYO food and beverage
► Kid-friendly pricing aimed at keeping costs down for NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend (Nov. 19-21) that includes “Kids FREE Friday” (in grandstand seating) and $10 Saturday tickets (reserved grandstands) for all children 12 & under
► Parking upgrades into the infield

Before the high-speed drama and suspense plays out under the lights on the 1.5-mile, variable-banking of Homestead-Miami Speedway, South Beach will play host to “Coca-Cola Fuels NASCAR Championship Drive,” a two-day fan fest headlined by a free concert from the Zac Brown Band. Scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Ocean Drive’s Lummus Park (between 7th and 9th Streets), the Grammy-award winning artists will bring their unique sound that blends country, roots, reggae and Southern rock to perform fan favorites (“Country Fried,” “Toes”) and songs from their new album "You Get What You Give.”

“Partnering with NASCAR for the ‘Coca-Cola Fuels NASCAR Championship Drive’ concert provides us an opportunity to celebrate the world‘s most loyal sports fans,” said band front-man Zac Brown. “It‘s exciting to be the headliner of such an important event, and we hope to have the entire state in attendance for the free concert.”

Fans attending “Championship Drive” will enjoy driver question-and-answer sessions, “Fast Lane Trivia” contests, giveaways from the NASCAR Street Tour™ and the “NASCAR Hot and Spicy Cook-Off” competition, featuring chefs representing fire departments throughout Dade County. Fans also will be able to drive race car simulators, change tires in a pit crew challenge, test their skills piloting remote-controlled cars, take photos inside a stock car, check out the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Trophy and more.

“Miami knows how to host Championships,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matt Becherer, “and a live performance on the beach with Zac Brown Band amps up an already phenomenal experience for race fans coming to see NASCAR‘s 2010 Champions crowned. We‘re looking forward to getting Ford Championship Weekend started early!”

After “Championship Drive” on South Beach, the action moves to Homestead-Miami Speedway and the progressive 18-20 degree variable banking, with Ford Championship Weekend tickets starting at $55. Kid-friendly pricing aims to keep costs down and includes “Kids FREE Friday” (in grandstand seating) and $10 Saturday tickets (reserved grandstands) for all children 12 and under. Homestead-Miami also offers FREE parking and invites guests to bring their own food and drink into the Speedway with unlimited re-entry to restock their 14x14x14 coolers in the parking lots.

In addition to all of the world-class racing excitement on track at Homestead-Miami Speedway, there will be plenty of activity off-track, including driver appearances, live music and interactive displays.

Just one race remains before the Championship-finale Ford 400 in South Florida on Nov. 21. Lock in your tickets NOW to see Championship racing at Championship value: Tickets start at $55 and are available by calling (866) 409-RACE or by clicking here. For detailed information on tickets, driver appearances, admission policies—including the enhanced policy of allowing 14x14x14 coolers, with unlimited re-entry to the Speedway to allow for restocking from tailgates—and all the activities scheduled for NASCAR’s series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19-21), visit or call (866) 409-RACE.

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