MIAMI— The remaining three drivers joining Joey Logano to compete for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18 may not be known for a few more weeks, but one Contender has already secured its spot in Victory Lane.
It was recently announced that Homestead-Miami Speedway and Contender Boats, based in Homestead, have renewed their partnership and entered into a new multi-year deal, making Contender the official pleasure boat/watercraft of the championship track.
As part of the deal, the winner of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford Ecoboost 400 will receive a 25-foot bay boat, courtesy of Contender. Unveiled today, the custom boat for 2018 was designed by local Miami artist Eric Estrada and will mark the eighth consecutive year that the winner of the race has received this uniquely South Florida prize.
“For more than 30 years, Contender has been one of the leading boat manufacturers here in South Florida, and we’re ecstatic to continue working with them to create a prize that is so emblematic of South Florida,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “Many drivers have told us what a thrill it would be to win our Cup race and have a boat of their own, and we’re excited that Contender is providing the world’s best drivers this opportunity.”
“We’re thrilled to continue being a part of this iconic motorsports event,” said Jordan DeLong, Contender’s Director of Marketing. “We really enjoy working with Homestead-Miami Speedway to reward the Ford EcoBoost 400 winner with a piece of South Florida. Contender was built on manufacturing tournament fishing champion-caliber boats, and we look forward to continue bringing that reputation to one of NASCAR’s biggest stages.”
Tickets for 2018 Ford Championship Weekend, which consists of the Ford EcoBoost 200 (NASCAR Camping World Truck series championship race), Ford EcoBoost 300 (NASCAR XFINITY series championship race) and Ford EcoBoost 400 (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series championship race), are now available and can be purchased by calling (866) 409-RACE (7223) or visiting www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com.
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.
About Contender Boats
Contender Boats was founded in 1982 and incorporated in Florida in 1984. It has operated continuously since then, producing more than 6,000 boats with both open and cabin configurations, ranging in size from 21 to 40 feet in length. The current production facility is located in Homestead, where all components are manufactured in-house including metal fabrication, carpentry, electrical, and upholstery