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Posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 11:38 am

When it comes to giving back to the South Florida community, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to incorporate our resources. As a track, we are in a unique position because we have a 1.5-mile oval that has been the site of NASCAR’s championship races for the past 15 years as our greatest asset. So when we are creating new events or even improving on old ones, our first thought is how we can best utilize it.

Over the years, we have had the pleasure of hosting a number of events that have been tied to the South Florida community. Earlier this year, we teamed up with local business, Prestige Imports, to hold the Ride2Revive event, which gave children, who are battling cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, rides on the track in exotic supercars. We also provide a field trip program for elementary and middle school students where they learn about the sciences of NASCAR through the STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Math) curriculum. And just last Friday, we partnered with Florida International University for the inaugural Formula Miami Invitational, where SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) groups from Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and University of Central Florida showed off and raced their own open cockpit racecars.

Coming this Saturday, August 12, we will once again be holding a unique event at the Speedway and are inviting all of South Florida to participate. For the first time ever, car enthusiasts, racing fans and casual drivers will have the opportunity to drive their cars on the track in two separate styles, on the same day, during our “Give Back at the Track” charity event.

The day will be split into two segments with the first portion allowing guests to take laps around the championship oval, and the second part giving participants the chance to race on our 1/8-mile drag strip, which has been made popular during Fast Lane Friday presented by the Ticket Clinic.

For those who have driven on the track before during one of our other yearly events, they already know that there is nothing else like it. The adrenaline of running your car at high velocities mixed with the thrill of knowing that you are driving on a NASCAR track makes for quite the experience.

When taking laps around the oval, drivers and their passengers will see that there are some major differences between driving on the track and driving on the local interstate. For one, there aren’t any lanes on a NASCAR track, so participants will have 55 feet of real estate (the width of the track) to maneuver when enjoying their laps. Also, in addition to iconic moments like crossing the start/finish line on the front straight and whisking by the palm trees on the back straight, guests will get to feel the g-force first-hand when they ride the Speedway’s 18-20 degree variable banking in the corners. For participants who can’t get enough of the wow-factor after their first couple of laps, they can purchase extra laps at any time during this portion’s 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. time slot.

Following the first part of Give Back at the Track, South Floridians will then have their shot used during NASCAR’s championship finales in just three months. In this portion of the event, which runs from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., drivers will compete their street-legal cars in head-to-head races that will be run with the same set-up as Fast Lane Friday. 

One of the most exciting aspects of drag racing at the Speedway is testing your reaction time off the starting line, which can ultimately be the difference between winning or losing against your competitor.

Like the first segment of the day, the drag racing piece is also family friendly with children 12 and younger entering for free. Guests can spectate and cheer-on drivers from seats located above the car garages and enjoy their own food and beverages that they have brought from home.

What makes Give Back at the Track a truly special event, however, is that it is all for charity. The proceeds collected will benefit Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, “Driving for a Cause.” Through the years, the funds raised through Driving for a Cause have been granted to several youth and education programs in South Florida. In 2016, more than $40,000 in grants were donated to six local charities that support youth development and non-profit efforts.

In addition to Driving for a Cause, South Florida’s local food bank, Farm Share, will be joining us on Saturday to collect nonperishable food items that will later be distributed to those in need. So make sure to drop off what you can to Farm Share’s designated area of the infield on Saturday.

Give Back at the Track has a great deal of importance to us because it helps us serve the people of South Florida. We hope you can join us on Saturday for this exceptional event.

For more information on Give Back at the Track, including pricing, and rules and regulations for drag racing, please visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/GiveBack.

NASCAR ACTION THIS WEEKEND

Sunday, August 13 at 3:00 PM (ET)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway

Tune In: NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

Saturday, August 12 at 3:30 PM (ET)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Tune In: NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

Saturday, August 12 at 1:00 PM (ET)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series LTI Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway

Tune In: FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

Aug. 12

Give Back at the Track Charity Event

Aug. 13

Florida Track Days

Aug. 19

High Performance Driving Group

Aug. 20

Miami Exotic Auto Racing

Aug. 26-27

Formula & Automobile Racing Association

Sept. 8

Fast Lane Friday presented by The Ticket Clinic

Sept. 9

Miami Exotic Auto Racing

2017 HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY NASCAR DATES

Nov. 17

Ford EcoBoost 200 Camping World Truck Series Championship Race

Nov. 18

Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY Series Championship Race

Nov. 19

Ford EcoBoost 400 Monster Energy Series Championship Race

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