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For the 10th consecutive year, Homestead-Miami Speedway will serve as host to NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend in 2011. South Florida again will be the site when NASCAR crowns its Champions in all three of its top national divisions—the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series— the weekend of Nov. 18-20, 2011.This November, Homestead-Miami Speedway will become the first North American track to run a NASCAR series oval race in reverse (clockwise).
In 2009, Homestead-Miami Speedway made motorsports history by becoming the first venue ever to host all of North America’s premier motorsports championships including NASCAR’s Ford Championship Weekend. Homestead-Miami Speedway is poised to make history once again this fall.
“Since my tenure here began, we have discussed ways to set our race apart from the other 35 races on the NASCAR schedule,” said Matt Becherer, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. “This will undoubtedly shake things up in the Championship because teams will have to construct a purpose-built car just for our race.”
Strong customer focus is a leading initiative at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR fans in South Florida have long since enjoyed the racing on the 18-20 degree variable, progressive banked 1.5 mile oval. Through fan feedback, it was learned that fans were in favor with the change.
“We owe it to our fans to push the envelope and deliver the best experience both on and off the track during Ford Championship Weekend,” said Becherer. “We think that this will add another element of suspense, strategy and call attention to driver skill into what is shaping up to be a tremendous Championship fight.”
Teams in NASCAR’s top divisions will be required to build racing machines with refueling receptacles on the right side instead of the traditional left-hand side of the car. Drivers and teams will also have to adjust to making the cars turn right instead of left on an oval.