Gentlemen (and Women!) start your engines!

By Shayne Benowitz | Mar 21, 2017

From cheering in the stands at the NASCAR Championships to drag racing your own car on the tracks, the Homestead-Miami Speedway is an adrenaline-pumping good time.

While the Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts world class races annually like the NASCAR Championships in November and the Trans Am & U.S. Formula 4 in April, the racetrack in South Dade is an action-packed venue year round. The 600-acre facility with 55,000 grandstand seats boasts a 1.5 mile oval course and a 2.21 mile road course.

History

The Homestead-Miami Speedway broke ground in 1993 and held its Grand Opening Ceremonies and inaugural race, the Jiffy Lube Miami 300, in November 1995 with Dale Jarrett as the first ever winner. Four years later, the Speedway played host to NASCAR’s premier division, known then as the Winston Cup Series, for the first time and Tony Stewart won the Penzoil 400.

This was just the beginning of impressive races to be held at the Speedway. In 2001, the Indy Racing League made its debut and Sam Hornish Jr. won the Toyota Indy 300. In November 2002, the Homestead Miami Speedway became home of the NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend where the Busch and Craftsman Truck Series joined the Winston, meaning all of NASCAR’s premiere leagues concluded their seasons on Miami’s tracks.

In 2009, the Speedway’s dominance continued as the first venue to host all of North America’s premiere motorsports championships, including The Indy Car, Grand-Am & Firestone Indy Lights Series and NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide & Camping World Truck Series.

Through the years, the Homestead-Miami Speedway awarded championship cups to racers like Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Dario Franchitti, Ron Hornaday, Jr., Austin Dillon and many more.

NASCAR Championships and Trans Am & U.S. Formula 4

Held over a long weekend every November, the NASCAR Championships consist of the Ford EcoBoost 400, 300 and 200 Series. Sold out crowds cheer on the champs as they peel around the turns at death-defying speeds for an adrenaline-pumping spectacle. A variety of ticket packages, premium seating options and VIP experiences are available, including the option to camp out at designated RV and tent grounds at the Speedway.

Come springtime, the crowds gather for the Trans Am & U.S. Formula 4 races, which offer a more affordable option to take in the high-octane races. Weekend passes are typically available starting at about $20 per person.

Visit All Year

With more than 280 active days a year at the Miami-Homestead Speedway, it’s easy to plan a visit to the track while you’re exploring South Dade. Fast Lane Fridays are held once a month. This legal drag racing event is open to anyone 18 years and older with a valid driver’s license and proof of registration and insurance. Held from 6 p.m. until midnight, drivers race down the 1,760-foot straight away as many times as they like.

Consult the track’s calendar where you’ll find a variety of events and races, including high performance driver education and coaching, either behind the wheel of your own car or in an exotic car that you can rent for the afternoon. Options range from the Ferrari F430, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari GT and Audi R8. You’ll get one-on-one instruction from professional racecar drivers and by the end of the day you’ll feel like a champ yourself.

Come out for concerts and special events like the Blacklight Slide party with DJs and glow-in-the-dark inflatable slides for an out-of-this-world party. It’s also home to Homestead Karting, a premiere go-kart track with a kart shop that hosts its own races and events.

The Homestead-Miami Speedway facilities are even available to host corporate events, car shows, motorcycle events and video or photo shoots.

No matter what brings you to the tracks, you’re sure to have an adrenaline-pumping good time!

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