MIAMI – Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, Driving for a Cause, is now accepting applications for financial gifts to be awarded to eligible 501(c) (3) charities as part of its 2016 grant program.  Applications can be found at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/DrivingForACause.www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

Established after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Homestead-Miami Speedway was developed by the City of Homestead as a state-of-the-art track that would forever change the economy of Homestead, Greater Miami and the entire South Florida region. The track generates an annual economic impact of more than $301 million to Miami-Dade County.  A large portion of that can be attributed to hosting Ford Championship Weekend each year – the final race weekend of the NASCAR schedule in which champions are crowned in each of the sport’s three premier series. 

Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Driving for a Cause uses the popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on South Florida youth and educational programs. Driving for a Cause is a donor-advised fund under the umbrella of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c) (3) organization that hosts numerous annual charity events.

The program is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community, supporting growth with volunteer and non-profit efforts. Previous recipients of the grants include:

2015

  • AYUDA, Inc.
  • Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
  • Good Hope Equestrian Training Center
  • HandsOn Miami
  • Homestead-Florida City Community Soccer League

2014

  • The Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation
  • Miami South BMX
  • Start off Smart Inc.

2013

  • The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County
  • Branches, formerly known as South Florida Urban Ministries
  • Farm Worker Association
  • Homestead South Dade Kiwanis Foundation

Recipients are also honored during the pre-race ceremonies prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400, NASCAR’s championship finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November.  The 2016 Ford EcoBoost 400 will be held on Sunday, November 20.

In addition to the charitable contributions from Driving for a Cause, Homestead-Miami Speedway donates more than $320,000 annually to dozens of South Florida organizations, including track rental opportunities throughout the year, an annual car wash, food drive, holiday toy drive and much more.

All financial contributions are administered through Driving for a Cause. Applications must be postmarked by July 27 at 5 p.m. ET. Please note that this application does not guarantee a donation. Requests will be reviewed and all applicants will be notified of the grant decisions by September 21. Please contact driveforacause@homesteadmiamispeedway.com with any questions.

About Driving for a Cause

Driving for a Cause will operate under the auspices of the NASCAR Foundation as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.  Homestead-Miami Speedway will continue each of its charitable activities including its in-kind donations to local groups, support of Homestead Hospital’s Speediatrics unit, and its program where organizations can work track events in exchange for a donation to their group or cause.  

After the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the City of Homestead developed and established a state-of-the-art race track that would forever change the economy of Homestead, Greater Miami, and the entire South Florida region. Homestead-Miami Speedway is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community by supporting growth with volunteer efforts as well as helping community initiatives with financial contributions.

About Homestead-Miami Speedway

The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The track, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015, is a 650-acre facility that is active nearly 300 days per year, and features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The track generates more than $301 million annually for the region. NASCAR has crowned its champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway each of the past 14 years (2002-15) at Ford Championship Weekend.  Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2015 were Kyle Busch (Sprint Cup Series), Chris Buescher (XFINITY Series) and Erik Jones (Camping World Truck Series). The 2016 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 18-20.