MIAMI – Each November, Homestead-Miami Speedway crowns champions in each of NASCAR’s three national series. On Monday afternoon, more than 50 children also had the chance to celebrate like champions during Prestige Imports’ Ride2Revive event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Ride2Revive gave children who are undergoing medical treatment for life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to ride along in exotic cars around Homestead-Miami Speedway’s championship track.
The children who participated in the event came from various locations, including some visiting Miami on a 10-Day Wish Trip from Israel thanks to MyWish4U “Kids vs. Cancer” Simcha Yeladim, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, Florida and Chai Lifeline children services in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
“This is the most special day of the year for us,” said Ride2Revive co-founder Brooke David. “We love having the chance to put smiles on these kids’ faces with this adrenaline-filled experience and help distract them from their everyday illnesses.”
On hand for the event was Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter, Homestead Chief of Police Al Rolle and former NFL superstar and Homestead-native Antrel Rolle, all of who spent the afternoon interacting with the children. Also, volunteers from around the South Florida community brought their own exotic cars to take the children around the track’s 2.21-mile road course.
“This is what the City of Homestead and Homestead-Miami Speedway is all about,” said Porter. “It’s just great to see these kids, who are struggling, have a smile on their face as they ride around this racetrack.”
During the four-hour event, the children also enjoyed a number of fun activities such as face painting, drawing on a Lamborghini HURACAN and a S.W.A.T. and K-9 Show.
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. In 2016, NASCAR celebrated its 15-year anniversary (2002-16) of crowning champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016 were Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), Daniel Suarez (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Johnny Sauter (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). 2017 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 17-19.
Ride2Revive is a 501(c)(3) that was founded in 2011 and is a unique altruistic organization that provides children who are undergoing medical treatment for life-threatening illnesses with unforgettable adrenaline filled experiences. We set up actual race courses and provide the exotic automobiles, along with volunteers that bring their vehicles, to take these children on exhilarating rides of their lives. In addition to the driving, we include so many other fun activities for the children to enjoy. Each event is meant to distract the children from their health related struggles and revitalize their senses. Ride2Revive’s mission is to provide Miles of Smiles in the Road to Recovery.