MIAMI – This past Sunday, Homestead-Miami Speedway welcomed about 1,000 South Florida service members to the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 as they watched Denny Hamlin take the checkered flag.  Over the next week, they will host three local high schools at the South Florida track so that their graduating seniors will have the opportunity to experience that long-awaited victory lap.


The senior classes of Columbus High School (Miami), Palm Glades Preparatory Academy (Miami) and Chambers High School (Homestead) will take part in graduating ceremonies – from their vehicles – on the 1.5-mile oval of Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The students will celebrate their accomplishments by crossing the finish line on the famed track prior to accepting their diplomas.  


The scheduled ceremonies are as follows:

Columbus High School Saturday, June 20 9:30 am
Palm Glades Preparatory Academy Monday, June 22 6:00 pm
Chambers High School Tuesday, June 23 6:00 pm

“These are challenging times we are all facing, and it’s gratifying to know we’re able to bring some enjoyment for these students,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Al Garcia.  “They all have very bright futures, and hopefully this is something they will always cherish.  To receive your diploma at the same spot where Jimmie Johnson clinched a NASCAR-record seven championships is pretty special.”

“We want to thank Al Garcia and his wonderful team at HMS  for helping us bring this amazing and once in a life-time opportunity to our senior class,” said Columbus High School President Thomas Kruczek.   “With the foresight and ingenuity of the HMS and CCHS Graduation Committees, this will be a notable and fun event that will forever be remembered by all who attend.”


“Students and teachers have all had to adapt to a unique learning environment to succeed, and through all of this our Eagles have soared,” said Mrs. Aishia McQueen, Principal at Palm Glades.  “Some of our seniors are family firsts to graduate and others to ever attend college.  We are humbled by the generosity of the Homestead-Miami Speedway in honoring the Palm Glades Academy class of 2020.” 


Media interested in covering the events may reach out to Homestead-Miami Speedway Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, Neal Gulkis, at [email protected].


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, which was founded by Miami businessman, racing enthusiast and philanthropist Ralph Sanchez, 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 2019, NASCAR crowned champions in all three of its national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend for the 18th consecutive year (2002-19). Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2019 were Kyle Busch (NASCAR Cup Series), Tyler Reddick (NASCAR Xfinity Series) and Matt Crafton (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series). In 2020, Homestead-Miami Speedway commemorates its 25th anniversary in 2020, as it hosts four NASCAR races over two days – June 13-14 – capped by the running of the NASCAR Cup Series Dixie Vodka 400 on Sunday, June 14.