Students from SLAM Miami Charter School, Created by Pitbull, to Perform National Anthem for Contender Boats 250

HOMESTEAD, Fla (February 26, 2021) – “SLAM Voices,” a chorus ensemble Students from SLAM Miami Charter School  in the Little Havana section of Miami and created by Miami native Pitbull, will virtually perform the National Anthem prior to Saturday’s Contender Boats 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The rendition of National Anthem by “SLAM Voices” will be played on the large video boards at the 1.5-mile track and can also be heard LIVE on the radio broadcast of the race – Motor Racing Network (MRN) & Sirius XM Channel 90. While the Contender Boats 250 is set for a 4:30 p.m. ET start, the National Anthem performance is set for just at 4:24 pm ET.  For tickets, fans can visit or call 866-409-RACE (7223). The race can also be seen on FS1.

Armando Christian Perez – better known in the entertainment world as Pitbull – has made a name for himself globally through his musical talents.  The GRAMMY Award-winning artist has made it a priority to give back to his hometown in numerous ways.

His philanthropy is highlighted by the school he started in 2013. Sports Leadership and Management (SLAM) is a public, tuition-free charter for middle and high school students.  This year, the school commenced a curriculum designed for students who want to follow in Pitbull’s footsteps, and pursue a career in music.

““Mr. 305” is not just a Miami native, but someone who has remembered his roots and continually gives back to the community,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Al Garcia.  “Providing our local youth opportunities such as this is imperative as they progress in their academic careers, and this performance affords them this special chance.  We are excited and honored to have them be an integral part of our NASCAR race weekend.”

Pitbull comes to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend as a part owner of Trackhouse Racing, a first-year team in the NASCAR Cup Series and whose No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is driven by Daniel Suárez , a product of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Program. Suárez will compete in Sunday’s Dixie Vodka 400 NASCAR Cup Series race, which gets a 3:30 p.m. start (FOX/ MRN-Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90). 

In addition to SLAM Voices performing the National Anthem Saturday, other Honorary Officials for the weekend include:

Contender Boats 250, Saturday, Feb. 27

  • Grand Marshal: Owner & President of Contender Boats, Joe Neber
  • Honorary Starter: Owner Contender Boats, Diana Neber
  • National Anthem: SLAM Voices, SLAM Miami Charter School
  • Invocation: Granada Church, Coral Gables, FL, Pastor David McCloud

Dixie Vodka 400, Sunday, Feb. 28

  • Grand Marshal: Miami Dolphins’ Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa
  • Honorary Starter: FOX Analyst Jonathan Vilma
  • National Anthem: Actress/Singer Sara Stiles
  • Invocation: Coral Ridge Presbyterian, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Pastor Rob Pacienza

Grandstand tickets are still available for the Contender Boats 250 on Saturday with many great seating options, including the “Family 4-Pack.” This special $80 offer includes 2 adult tickets, 2 kids tickets (12 and younger), and 2 Racing Electronics scanner rentals to get the inside track of all the action on the track. A number of premium seating options are also available for Saturday’s race. Individual adult tickets start at just $30 with kids 12 and under free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Homestead-Miami Speedway will host a limited number of fans for both events. Fans seeking ticket options, as well as learning all safety protocol guidelines for the weekend, can visit or call 866-409-RACE (7223).

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. NASCAR crowned champions in all three of its national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway for 18 straight years (2002-19). In 2021, the Dixie Vodka 400 moves to the third race of the NASCAR Cup season on Sunday, Feb. 28, following two weekends of action at Daytona International Speedway.

About Dixie Vodka
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Dixie Vodka is the largest premium craft vodka produced in the Southeast and the 9th fastest growing spirit brand in the United States as ranked in 2019 by the Beverage Information Group. Since launch in 2014, Dixie has been one of the most awarded vodkas in the United States, including Dixie Black Pepper being awarded the top flavored vodka in the world at the globally recognized San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2019. In addition to its core Southern Vodka, 6x distilled from All-American corn and naturally gluten free, Dixie has five authentically southern flavors, all using regionally sourced ingredients grown by local farmers. Committed to responsible stewardship of the land, Dixie is a proud member of 1% for the Planet, as well as a certified South Carolina product. Dixie is owned by Grain & Barrel Spirits, an innovative spirits producer and a member of the Inc. 5000, the definitive list of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. Grain & Barrel also owns pre-prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey and The Endless Summer Spirits Company.

About Contender Boats
Contender Boats is a Homestead-based premium boat manufacturer.  For more than 35 years, Contender has built hand-laid fiberglass hulls that ride like no other. Built for performance. Built to fish. Models are available from 25 to 44 feet. Contender boats have a legacy of exploring the open oceans of the world. From the marlin rich waters of the Caribbean islands to up and down the eastern seaboard and far beyond, you’ll find Contender Boats “Always In the Game.” To learn more about Contender Boats, visit  or follow on Facebook at  (Contender Boats Inc) and Instagram @contenderboatsofficial.