MIAMI – For anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to drive on NASCAR’s championship track, here’s your chance. On Saturday, August 12, Homestead-Miami Speedway will host “Give Back at the Track,” a two-part event where South Floridians will have the rare opportunity to drive around the 1.5-mile oval that hosts NASCAR’s championship races, in addition to testing out the Speedway’s 1/8-mile drag strip. Proceeds from the event will benefit Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, Driving for a Cause.

The event will be split into two segments with participants having the opportunity to partake in both portions. From 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., drivers and guests can experience first-hand the Speedway’s unique progressive banking, as they take laps around the track. Following that, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., car enthusiasts will have the chance to run their street-legal cars in head-to-head drag races, which will be staged with the same set-up that fans have become accustomed to during Fast Lane Friday presented by The Ticket Clinic. All drivers for both events should enter the Speedway through Gate 18, located off SW 344th Street/Palm Drive.

For a $20 donation, guests can take their street-legal vehicles for two laps around the oval. Additional laps will be available for a $10 donation per lap. The drag racing portion of the event is open to all who have a valid driver’s license and proof of registration/insurance. Tickets to drag race for the full four hours are $20 for participants and $10 for spectators, while children 12 and younger are free. For more information on drag racing, including rules and regulations, please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/GiveBack. In addition, Farm Share, South Florida’s local food bank, will be on hand for the event gathering non-perishable food items that will later be distributed to those in need.

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

 

For more information on “Give Back at the Track,” please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/GiveBack or call 305-230-5024.

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 national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016 were Jimmie Johnson (Monster Energy NASCAR 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.

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 2017 Driving for a Cause grant program are now being accepted, through July 28.  Applications can be found at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/DrivingForACause.

About Farm Share

Established in 1991, Farm Share is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to recovering, sorting, packing and distributing nutritious food for people in need. Farm Share administers a combination of USDA commodity programs and produce recovery operations.