NASCAR Day Car Wash and Ride for Charity
Speedway staffers and volunteers teamed up to raise nearly $9,000 for Driving for a Cause, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission (photo courtesy: Homestead-Miami Speedway)
The world of motorsports and Homestead-Miami Speedway celebrated NASCAR Day’s 10th anniversary with its third annual Car Wash and Ride for Charity May 17-18. NASCAR Day – a series of nationwide events that same weekend in which tracks that host NASCAR races, corporate partners and millions of fans come together to raise funds for worthy charities – has raised nearly $12 million primarily for children’s philanthropies.
The event provided the rare opportunity for participants to drive their car around the same 1.5-mile track that hosts season-ending championship races in NASCAR’s top three series. Proceeds from the event benefitted three charities: Driving for a Cause -- Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable arm, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission.
Hundreds of South Floridians showed an outpouring of generosity by bringing their dirty cars to Homestead-Miami Speedway. Speedway staffers and volunteers teamed up to raise nearly $9,000 for Driving for a Cause, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission.
“As a community asset that puts hundreds of thousands of dollars directly into the hands of non-profit groups during our major race weekends each and every year, our commitment to our community is evident” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “To work closely with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, raise some money with them and allow members of our community to drive their cars on the track was a natural extension of that commitment. I am proud that together we were one of the leading events in this national fundraising effort for NASCAR Day.”
For a $20 donation, attendees received a car wash and a paced lap on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval. Those visiting the speedway pulled into the infield to have their cars washed by volunteers and speedway staff; then took a quick lap on the very same track where NASCAR will crown Champions during Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 15-17. Additional laps on the oval track, which features variable banking ranging from six to 20 degrees, were available for a $10 donation.
“Most don’t get the opportunity to experience what it’s like to drive on the same track that NASCAR’s top drivers race on each November in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race, the Ford EcoBoost 400,” said Becherer. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Best of all, Car Wash and Ride for Charity benefitted three worthy causes."