Homestead-Miami Speedway

Updated: November 14, 2011, 4:29 PM ET
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Homestead Miami Speedway
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Overview
South Florida: sunshine, temperatures ranging from 65 degrees to 81 degrees, diverse culture and legendary Miami nightlife. Oh, and Homestead-Miami Speedway will play host to Ford Championship Weekend for a 10th consecutive year with NASCAR crowning champions in all three of its top national circuits -- the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.

Teams and fans bunker down on South Beach or in the Keys in this unique locale, where the off-track entertainment almost matches the on-track excitement. Almost, because Homestead-Miami offers the thrills of competitive racing on two fronts: NASCAR's three season finales and the final point standings that decide champions.

Since the debut of Ford Championship Weekend in 2002, Homestead-Miami Speedway has played host to historic NASCAR championship moments, like Greg Biffle beating Mark Martin to the line by .017 seconds to win his second straight Ford 400 in 2005. In 2004, Homestead-Miami hosted the first NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, as Kurt Busch became the first to hoist the Chase hardware after holding off Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon on the last lap to win the championship by a margin of just eight points.

In 2010, Homestead-Miami Speedway served as host to a one-race shootout to decide the closest Sprint Cup Championship Chase in NASCAR history. Denny Hamlin entered Ford Championship Weekend with a 15-point lead over reigning champion Jimmie Johnson and just a 46-point margin over Kevin Harvick. And when it was over, Johnson had prevailed as the series points champion for an unprecedented fifth straight season.

All told, Homestead-Miami has seen 19 different NASCAR champions crowned.

The 1.5-mile oval with 18-degree to 20-degree variable banking is composed of two long straightaways, with palm trees lining the backstretch, two pristine lakes and a winding road course in the middle. Make this trip, and you'll be treated to a championship-worthy weekend -- on and off the track.

Address
One Speedway Blvd.
Homestead, FL 33035
www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com
More track news is available through jayski.com.

Notable Events

NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend
Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
• NNS practice, 9 a.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NCWTS final practice, 10:30 a.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• NNS final practice, 12:30 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS practice, 3 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NCWTS qualifying, 4:30 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• NSCS final practice, 6:05 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Ford 200, 8 p.m.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Gates open at 9 a.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011
• NNS qualifying, 1:05 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS qualifying, 2:40 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Ford 300, 4:30 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Gates open at noon

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011
• Ford 400, 3 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 10 a.m.

Tickets
• Ticket office: 866-409-7223
• Online: Buy tickets | Seating chart
• Pit passes: Not available.
• Fan hospitality: Premier Club, Champions Club overlooking Turn 1, Speedway Club overlooking the frontstretch and the Coke Zero Fan Zone. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information call 866-409-RACE or click here.
• Special packages: Call track ticket office for further information.

Track Specs
• Track length: 1.5 miles
• Banking: Corners -- 18-20 degrees (variable); straights -- 4 degrees
• Frontstretch: 1,760 feet
• Backstretch: 1,760 feet
• Race length (Sprint Cup): 400 miles (267 laps)
• Grandstand seating capacity: 55,000
• Opened: 1995

Carry-In Items
• Coolers: Homestead-Miami Speedway's carry-in policy allows one soft-side bag or cooler measuring up to 14x14x14 inches -- six times the previous dimension limits (6x6x12 inches).
• Fans may also enter the Speedway with one lightweight backpack, similar to a daypack carried by school students, to carry items such as cameras and souvenirs. Fans can bring in one plastic bag per person (limit of 18x18x4 inches; plastic bags may not contain ice).
• Glass containers: Not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages: Allowed.
• Cameras/recording devices: Allowed.

Souvenirs and Displays
• Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.
• Scanners: Scanners available on site for rental.
• Gift shop: Located in the lobby of the Main Tower.

Autographs
Check local newspapers and TV; drivers more available Friday and Saturday.

Pit Area Guidelines
• Attire must remain appropriate for both a major sporting event and a family environment, but has been relaxed to include shorts, open-toed shoes, sleeveless blouses and skirts/dresses.
• Alcoholic beverages: Not allowed.

Camping
RV reserved: Available; requires a minimum purchase of two race tickets. Day of race RV parking is free.

Associated Driving Schools
Richard Petty Driving Experience
1-800-BE-PETTY
Website

Chin Motorsports
770-277-6332
Website

National Auto Sport Association/Performance Drivers Club-Florida Region (NASA PDC)
239-549-3876
Website

Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)
Website

Hooked on Driving
800-453-5506
Website

Florida Track Days
954-816-6321
Website

Penguin Roadracing School
978-400-8204
Website

Skip Barber Racing School
800-221-1131
Website

Getting There
• From Florida Turnpike:
From north: Take the turnpike south to Exit 6/Speedway Boulevard/S.W. 137th Avenue.
Turn left, travel left 5 miles, then follow signs to parking lots.

• From U.S. 1:
Take U.S. 1 to Palm Drive
From south: Take U.S. 1 north to Palm Drive.
Turn right, drive four miles to Speedway Boulevard, then follow signs to parking

Parking
• Free parking: Parking is free on site; shuttle service available.
• Handicapped parking: Available, requires permit.

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