Miami, Fla. – For anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to drive around NASCAR’s championship track, here’s your chance. On Sunday, July 31, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Special Olympics Florida - Miami-Dade County will host a “Car Wash and Ride” event where participants will have the rare opportunity to get their car washed and drive around the same 1.5-mile oval track that hosts the championship races in NASCAR’s three national series. Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Florida - Miami-Dade County and Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, Driving for a Cause. The Car Wash and Ride will take place from noon to 5:00 p.m.

With a $20 donation, participants can have their car washed before experiencing first-hand the Speedway’s unique progressive banking. Additional laps will be available for a $10 donation. Drivers should enter the Speedway through Gate 18, located off SW 344th Street/Palm Drive.

Local car clubs are invited to attend the event for a group rate. Car clubs will receive a set amount of laps around the oval and a photo opportunity on the track. Please contact Brandon Ward at (305) 230-5228 or bward@homesteadmiamispeedway.com for more details.

Special Olympics Florida – Miami-Dade County volunteers and athletes will be on hand for this event. In addition, two other organizations will be on site accepting donations as well — Farm Share and Gotsneakers. Farm Share, South Florida’s local food bank, will be gathering nonperishable food items that will be distributed to those in need. Gotsneakers, a local sneaker recycling organization, will be collecting used sneakers. For each pair of sneakers collected, Gotsneakers will make a donation to Driving for a Cause and Special Olympics Florida – Miami-Dade County.

For more information on the Car Wash and Ride, visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/CarWashandRide or call 305-230-5243.

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 features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course.  The track is active nearly 300 days per year and 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.

About “Driving for a Cause”
“Driving for a Cause,” the charitable arm of Homestead-Miami Speedway, operates 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.  Applications for financial gifts to be awarded to eligible 501(c) (3) charities as part of the 2016 “Driving for a Cause” grant program are now being accepted, through July 27.  Applications can be found at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/DrivingForACause.

About Special Olympics Florida – Miami-Dade County
Special Olympics Florida provides year-round sports training, competition, and health services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, at no cost to the athletes or their caregivers, as a means to achieve physical fitness, self-esteem, socialization skills, and the life skills necessary to be productive, respected, and contributing members of their communities. To learn more, visit www.specialolympicsflorida.org.

About Farm Share
Farm Share, headquartered in Homestead, Florida, is a 501(c)(3) not for profit charitable packing house and food bank that distributes surplus produce and non-perishable food free of charge to individuals and local food pantries, soup kitchens, churches and other not for profit agencies.  Last year Farm Share distributed more than 38 million pounds of food to more than 11,000 agencies and fed in excess of 6 million households (24 million individuals).  Farm Share was founded in 1991 and has facilities in Homestead, Florida City, Pompano Beach, Jacksonville and Quincy.

About Gotsneakers
Gotsneakers, LLC is a for-profit, for-cause sneaker recycling company and social fundraising platform committed to environmental sustainability and economic development through the collection and distribution of used sneakers.