MIAMI – Through Homestead-Miami Speedway’s “Racing to Read” program, many students across Miami-Dade County will be on the fast track to become avid readers.

This program, which started this week and runs through October 10, challenges second-grade students from 25 public schools in Miami-Dade County to read 10 books or more during this five-week window. The students who are able to achieve this goal will receive two complimentary tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Ford EcoBoost 300 Championship Race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The student who reads the most books will get a very special opportunity to be driven to school in the Homestead-Miami Speedway Official Pace Car. In addition, the school with the most books read receives $1,000 from Driving for a Cause, a donor advised fund of The NASCAR Foundation, to purchase books and supplies for their school. The top reading class will also receive a pizza party.

“It is important for kids to develop a love for reading at an early age, and this program provides our area youth this opportunity,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer.  “At the same time, we also hope to cultivate the next generation of NASCAR fans, with many of the unique prizes that are offered.”

This is the third straight year in which Homestead-Miami Speedway has sponsored this program.  More information on this program can be found at www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com/racingtoread.