Homestead-Miami Speedway


Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead Miami Speedway.jpg
Location 1 Speedway Boulevard
Homestead, Florida 33035
Capacity 65,000
Owner International Speedway Corporation
Operator International Speedway Corporation
Broke ground August 24, 1993
Opened November 5, 1995
Construction cost $70 million
Former names Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex
(1995–1996)
Major events NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Ford 400
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Ford 300
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Ford 200
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami
Oval
Length 1.5 mi (2.4 km)
Banking Turns 18–20° (progressive)
Straights 3°
Lap record 0:24.462 (Sam Hornish, Jr., Penske Racing, 2006, IRL IndyCar Series)
Road Course
Length 2.3 mi (3.7 km)
Turns 11
Lap record 1:13.022 (David Donohue, Brumos Porsche, 2008, Daytona Prototype)

Homestead-Miami Speedway is a race track in Homestead, Florida southwest of Miami.

Since 2002 Homestead has hosted the final races of the season in all three of NASCAR's series: the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Ford Motor Company sponsors all three of the season-ending races; the races have the names Ford 400, Ford 300, and Ford 200, respectively, and the weekend is marketed as Ford Championship Weekend. The Nationwide Series (then known as the Busch Series) has held its season-ending races at Homestead since 1995.

The track also hosts the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series during its season, but not as the series' final race as with NASCAR.

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History

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The speedway was constructed, with the efforts of promoter Ralph Sanchez, as part of a plan to help Homestead rebound after the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew. Groundbreaking began August 24, 1993, exactly one year after the hurricane.

It opened in November 1995 with a NASCAR Busch Series (currently the Nationwide Series) race, the last race of that season. The Busch Series would continue to hold its season-ending races at Homestead; in 2002 NASCAR's Winston Cup Series and Craftsman Truck Series would also hold their season-ending races at Homestead as well. Since 2002 NASCAR has marketed the seasons-ending Homestead races as Ford Championship Weekend.

In the spring of 1996, the CART series held its first race there.

The track reflects the art deco district of nearby Miami Beach with its liberal use of colors such as aqua, purple and silver. Though the track itself has been considered to be asthetically pleasing from the outset, initially the racing at Homestead was not considered very good. The track opened as a four-turn, rectangular-oval, based on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's layout. However, due to its shorter distance, the track was not able to maintain the racing characteristics of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Instead, the sharp, flat turns and aprons made passing difficult and lowered overall speed. The geometry also created unfavorably severe crash angles. In 1996, track management attempted to correct the problems by widening the aprons of the turns by as much as 24 feet (7.3 m). In the summer of 1997, an $8.2 million reconfiguration project changed the turns from a rectangle to a traditional, continuous turn oval.

In 2003, the track was reconfigured once again. The turns were changed from mostly flat to steep variable banking. In 2005, lights were installed to allow night racing for the first time. The renovations were praised by fans, and the track has produced a number of close finishes, including 2005's last-lap battle between Greg Biffle and Mark Martin.

On March 26, 2006 Indy Racing League driver Paul Dana suffered fatal injuries in the warmup session before the race when he was involved in a high-speed collision with Ed Carpenter at over 215 mph (346 km/h). Other drivers to suffer fatal injuries at the speedway are John Nemechek in a Camping World Truck Race on March 16, 1997, and Jeff Clinton who died in a Grand Am sports car event at the track in March 2002.

In 2009 Homestead became the home to a total of five season-ending racing series events, with the GAINSCO Auto Insurance Indy 300 finale for the IRL IndyCar Series as well as the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series moving to October from their traditional early season slots. The Indy Car series would discontinue its Homestead race while the Rolex Series later changed its Homestead race to a date earlier in the season.

Map gallery of courses available

All maps use dashed gray lines for the other courses. Solid gray lines represent other pit road options for the shown course.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Records

(As of 11/21/10)

Most Wins 3 Greg Biffle
Most Top 5s 5 Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick
Most Top 10s 9 Jeff Gordon
Starts 12 5 Drivers
Poles 2 Kurt Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne
Most Laps Completed 3206 Tony Stewart
Most Laps Led 441 Carl Edwards
Avg. Start* 7.9 Kasey Kahne
Avg. Finish* 5.7 Carl Edwards

* from minimum 4 starts.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Winners

*Race extended due to Green-White-Checker Finish

Season Date Official Race Name Winning Driver Car # Sponsor Make Distance Avg Speed Margin of Victory
1999 November 14 Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart Tony Stewart 20 Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix 400.5 mi (644.5 km) 140.355 mph (225.879 km/h) 5.289 sec
2000 November 12 Pennzoil 400 Tony Stewart 20 Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix 400.5 mi (644.5 km) 127.48 mph (205.159 km/h) 4.561 sec
2001 November 11 Pennzoil Freedom 400 Bill Elliott 9 Dodge/UAW Dodge Intrepid 400.5 mi (644.5 km) 117.449 mph (189.016 km/h) 1.42 sec
2002 November 16 Ford 400 Kurt Busch 97 Little Tikes/Rubbermaid Ford Taurus 400.5 mi (644.5 km) 116.462 mph (187.427 km/h) 2.070 sec
2003 November 16 Ford 400 Bobby Labonte 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Monte Carlo 400.5 mi (644.5 km) 116.868 mph (188.081 km/h) 1.749 sec
2004 November 21 Ford 400 Greg Biffle 16 National Guard/Subway Ford Taurus 406.5 mi (654.2 km) * 105.623 mph (169.984 km/h) 0.342 sec
2005 November 20 Ford 400 Greg Biffle 16 National Guard/Post-it Ford Taurus 400.5 mi (644.5 km) 131.431 mph (211.518 km/h) 0.017 sec
2006 November 19 Ford 400 Greg Biffle 16 National Guard Ford Fusion 402 mi (647 km) * 125.375 mph (201.772 km/h) 0.389 sec
2007 November 18 Ford 400 Matt Kenseth 17 DeWalt Nano Ford Fusion 400.5 mi (644.5 km) 131.888 mph (212.253 km/h) 0.852 sec
2008 November 16 Ford 400 Carl Edwards 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion 400.5 mi (644.5 km) 129.472 mph (208.365 km/h) 7.548 sec
2009 November 22 Ford 400 Denny Hamlin 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry 400.5 mi (644.5 km) 126.986 mph (204.364 km/h) 2.63 sec
2010 November 21 Ford 400 Carl Edwards 99 Aflac Ford Fusion 400.5 mi (644.5 km)
2011 November 20 Ford 400 Tony Stewart 14 Office Depot, Mobil 1 Chevrolet 400.5 mi (644.5 km)

Records

IndyCar

Type Distance
(miles / km)
Date Driver Chassis / Engine Time Average Speed
(mph / km/h)
Qualifying
(1 lap)
1.5 / 2.390 March 25, 2006 Sam Hornish, Jr. Dallara / Honda 0:00:24.462 218.539 / 351.704
Race
(200 laps)
300.000 / 477.975 March 26, 2006 Dan Wheldon Dallara / Honda 1:46:15.530 167.730 / 269.935

NASCAR

Record Year Date Driver Car Make Time Average Speed
(mph)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Qualifying 2003 November 14, 2003 Jamie McMurray Dodge 29.816 181.111
Race (400 miles) 1999 November 14 Tony Stewart Pontiac 2:51:14 140.335 (before reconfiguration)
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Qualifying 2004 November 20, 2004 Casey Mears Dodge 30.348 177.936
Race (300 miles) 2001 November 10 Joe Nemechek Chevy 2:16:10 132.191 (before reconfiguration)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Qualifying 2007 November 16 Jon Wood Ford 31.180 173.188
Race (200 miles) 2002 November 15 Ron Hornaday Chevy 1:30:30 133.260 (before reconfiguration)

See also

External links

Coordinates: 25°27′06″N 80°24′31″W / 25.45154°N 80.40859°W / 25.45154; -80.40859


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