MIAMI— In Homestead-Miami Speedway’s continual commitment of giving back to the South Florida community, the track hosted a charity event, “Give Back at the Track,” on Saturday, August 11. More than 80 participants came to the track for the rare opportunity of driving their own vehicles around the same oval that NASCAR’s best drivers compete on for championships each season.
Car enthusiasts, racing fans and casual South Florida drivers were treated to a first-hand run of the championship track and its picturesque setting as they maneuvered the Speedway’s unique progressive banking and dashed down the straightaways. The event also featured the presence of local car clubs, including a Volkswagen club that brought the same vintage Beetles that dominated the 1960s and ‘70s.
Proceeds from Saturday’s event benefited Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, “Driving for a Cause.” Since its inception in 2013, the funds raised through Driving for a Cause have been awarded to several local youth and education organizations. In addition to driving the track, participants at the event also donated more than 300 pounds of food to South Florida’s local food bank, Farm Share.
“Give Back at the Track has always been a great way to bring together the South Florida community and their response to the event has been outstanding,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “In our track’s history, we have always been able to serve local organizations through charitable endeavors and we look forward to helping philanthropic efforts in the future.”
Homestead-Miami Speedway will be giving South Florida another opportunity to run laps around the championship track. The Speedway will host a second Give Back at the Track event on Sunday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., giving the community another opportunity to feel the thrill of racing while contributing to philanthropic endeavors.
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 2017, NASCAR crowned champions in all three of its national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend for the 16th consecutive year (2002-17). Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2017 were Martin Truex Jr. (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series), William Byron (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Christopher Bell (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). 2018 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 16-18.
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