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Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 12:30 am | Updated: 9:07 am, Fri Oct 13, 2017.

Jimmie Johnson test car
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More motorsports experiences  

   When we host Ford Championship Weekend next month (Nov.17-19), it will mark the 16th straight year that we crown champions in all three on NASCAR’s national series. And though the majority of our efforts are concentrated on the three-day championship tradition, there are still a number of events that are slated to take place prior to Ford Championship Weekend.

   So as the countdown continues, let’s take a look at a couple of the other track activities coming to Homestead-Miami Speedway over the next few weeks:

NASCAR Testing

Following Martin Truex Jr.’s win at Charlotte Motor Speedway last weekend, there are now only five races left on the NASCAR calendar before the circuit arrives in Miami for 2017 Ford Championship Weekend. That means that in just a little over a month we will be hosting some of the best drivers in the world as they compete for three championships in as many days.

   But before drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series suit up to contest the Speedway’s 1.5-mile championship oval during the Ford EcoBoost 400 on November 19, a select group of drivers will first receive a preview of the track later this month. On Tuesday, October 24, some of the Monster Energy Series’ best drivers will convene at the Speedway for a testing session, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Currently, there are 12 drivers scheduled to participate in the testing session – six of who are still in contention for the Monster Energy Series title. Those drivers are Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney.

   The test session will give these drivers and their teams an opportunity to gain some valuable information ahead of November’s race. Many drivers who have competed on our oval before have noted that Homestead-Miami Speedway is one of the most competitive tracks in NASCAR, as it has a number of grooves that drivers can use to maximize speed. So any advantage a driver can pick up during the testing session will be highly coveted.

   Certainly for drivers, the testing session will be a great chance to examine every inch of the track in their cars. But for you as fans, it will be an awesome opportunity to see how drivers prepare for a race, especially one that will have so much on the line.

   On that Tuesday during the testing hours, fans are invited to the Speedway to experience this NASCAR event first hand. Those attending will have the chance to get an up-close look at the race cars from the infield Pit Road Cabanas, which are located just above the NASCAR garages. In addition, fans can head to the grandstands or the fourth floor Speedway Club where they can enjoy a more panoramic view of the track.

When attending, fans may park their vehicles in the parking lot located at S.W. 336th Street and S.W. 137th Avenue. Fans can then enter the facility through Gate 4 where they can make their way up to the grandstands or take a tram to the infield. The tram will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Driving 101

   For fans that can’t get enough of the sights and sounds of NASCAR following the testing session, there will be another opportunity for enthusiasts to fuel their motorsports craving, October 27-29. This time, instead of watching NASCAR’s top drivers zoom around our championship oval, fans will have the ability to hop into the driver’s seat of a racecar during Driving 101.

   Driving 101 is a motorsports event that is split into two segments. In the first portion, participants have the chance to drive a NASCAR stock car during the NASCAR Racing Experience. Then, drivers can add onto the excitement by getting behind the wheel of a full size, Indy-style race car in the Mario Andretti Racing Experience.

   During the event, drivers receive the full motorsports treatment, as they are suited up from head-to-toe in racing gear and are given instructional training with their very own crew chief. While in the vehicle, participants will have in-car radio communications with their crew chief, who will coach them as they run the rack.

   For those who have driven on the Speedway during one of our other yearly events, they 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. Drivers will get to cross the start/finish line on the Speedway’s front stretch and then feel the g-force as they ride the track’s 18-20 degree variable banking.

   For those interested in this once in a lifetime motorsports experience, please visit www.Driving101.com.

NASCAR ACTION THIS WEEKEND

Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 PM (ET)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway

Tune In: NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

Saturday, October 14 at 1:00 PM (ET)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Fred’s 250 at Talladega Superspeedway

Tune In: FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

*The NASCAR XFINITY Series is off this weekend and will resume October 21 at Kansas Speedway*

UPCOMING EVENTS AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY

Oct. 13   Fast Lane Friday presented by The Ticket Clinic

Oct. 14-15  Rusty Wallace Racing Experience

Oct. 20   Miami Exotic Auto Racing

Oct. 24   Monster Energy Series Team Testing

Oct. 27-29  Driving 101

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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