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Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway
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Homestead-Miami Speedway track map--Speedway.svg
Location1 Speedway Boulevard
Homestead, Florida 33035
Time zoneUTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Coordinates25°27?07?N 80°24?31?W / 25.45194°N 80.40861°W / 25.45194; -80.40861Coordinates: 25°27?07?N 80°24?31?W / 25.45194°N 80.40861°W / 25.45194; -80.40861
Capacity46,000[1]
OwnerNASCAR (1999-present)
OperatorNASCAR (1999-present)
Broke ground21 August 1993; 29 years ago (1993-08-21)
Opened5 November 1995; 27 years ago (1995-11-05)
Construction cost$70 million
Former namesHomestead Motorsports Complex
Major eventsCurrent:
NASCAR Cup Series
Dixie Vodka 400 (1999-present)
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Contender Boats 250 (1995-present)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Baptist Health 200 (1996-2020, present)
Former:
IndyCar Series
Grand Prix of Miami (1996-2010)
FR Americas (2020)
FIA GT Championship (1998-1999)
AMA Superbike Championship (1996, 2012)
Rolex Sports Car Series
Grand Prix of Miami (2000-2012)
Oval (2003-present)
Length1.502 miles (2.417 km)
BankingTurns 18-20° (Progressive)
Straights 3°
Race lap record0:24.682 (Sam Hornish Jr., Dallara IR-03, 2004, IndyCar)
Modified Road Course (1997-present)
Length2.300 miles (3.701 km)
Turns11
Race lap record1:12.136 (Buddy Rice, Coyote CC/09, 2009, Daytona Prototype)
Oval (1997-2002)
Length1.502 miles (2.417 km)
BankingTurns 6° (Progressive)
Straights 3°
Race lap record0:26.825 (Dario Franchitti, Reynard 99I, 1999, CART)
Rectangular Quad-Oval (1995-1996)
Length1.527 miles (2.457 km)
Turns4
BankingTurns 6° (Progressive)
Straights 3°
Race lap record0:28.385 (Greg Moore, Reynard 96I, 1996, CART)
Road Course (1997-present)
Length2.210 miles (3.557 km)
Turns15
Race lap record1:16.495[2] (Bernd Schneider, Mercedes-Benz CLK LM, 1998, GT1)
Websitewww.homesteadmiamispeedway.com

Homestead-Miami Speedway is a motor racing track located in Homestead, Florida. The track, which has several configurations, has promoted several series of racing, including NASCAR, the IndyCar Series, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, and the Championship Cup Series.

From 2002 to 2019, Homestead-Miami Speedway had hosted the final race of the season in all three of NASCAR's series as Ford Championship Weekend: the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The races currently have the names Dixie Vodka 400, Contender Boats 250, and Baptist Health 200, respectively.

History

Sunset at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2006

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 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. From 2002 to 2019, NASCAR marketed the season-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 aesthetically 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, coincidental considering that circuit and Miami Beach were developed by Carl G. Fisher. 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). The movie Super Speedway was shot at the speedway before the track was reconfigured to an oval. 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 warm-up 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 Craftsman 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.

Behind the main grandstand is the Homestead RC Raceway for radio controlled cars, it was used to host the 2011 IFMAR Worlds for 1:8 IC Track cars.[3]

Track length of paved oval

CART measured for the inaugural race in 1996 a length of 1.517 miles (2.441 km).[4] This length was referenced to the old rectangular layout. In 1998 was the track length remeasured to 1.502 miles (2.417 km)[5] This length was also used for timing and scoring until the last CART race in 2000.[6] This length was referenced to the flat paperclip-layout. The NASCAR timing and scoring use a length of 1.50 miles (2.41 km).[7] This length was used by IRL between 2001 and 2003, too.[8] Since 2004 the IRL timing and scoring use a remeasured track length of 1.485 miles (2.390 km).[9] This length referenced to the new banked layout. NASCAR still use the 1.5 miles for new banked layout.[10]

Track configurations

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

Lap Records

The official race lap records at Homestead-Miami Speedway are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Date
Road Course: 3.557 km (1995-present)[11]
GT1 (Prototype) 1:16.495[12] Bernd Schneider Mercedes-Benz CLK LM 1998 FIA GT Homestead 500km
Can-Am 1:18.851[13] Butch Leitzinger Riley & Scott Mk III 1998 Homestead 2 Hours 15 Minutes
FR Americas 1:22.457[14] Linus Lundqvist Ligier JS F3 2020 Homestead FR Americas round
GT2 1:22.597[15] Karl Wendlinger Chrysler Viper GTS-R 1999 FIA GT Homestead 3 Hours
Ferrari Challenge 1:26.540[16] Cooper MacNeil Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo 2021 Homestead Ferrari Challenge North America round
Formula 4 1:30.690[17] Hunter Yeany Crawford F4-16 2020 Homestead F4 United States round
Modified Road Course (using part of Oval): 3.701 km (1997-present)[11]
LMP900 1:10.791[18] James Weaver Crawford SSC2K 2002 Nextel 250
DP 1:12.136[19] Buddy Rice Coyote CC/09 2009 Gainsco Grand Prix of Miami
LMP675 1:15.804[20] Brent Sherman Lola B2K/40 2000 Nextel 250
GT 1:17.039[18] Steven Ivankovich Porsche 911 GT3-RS (996) 2002 Nextel 250
GT1 (GTS) 1:17.618[18] Franz Konrad Saleen S7-R 2002 Nextel 250
GTO 1:18.584[20] Terry Borcheller Saleen Ford Mustang 2000 Nextel 250
American GT 1:18.869[18] Jack Willes Chevrolet Corvette 2002 Nextel 250
SGS 1:22.187[21] Andy Lally Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (996) 2004 Grand Prix of Miami
GTU 1:22.593[20] Randy Pobst Porsche 911 GT3 Supercup (996) 2000 Nextel 250
Formula 4 1:24.371[22] Raphael Forcier Crawford F4-16 2017 Homestead F4 United States round
Oval: 2.417 km (2003-present)[11]
IndyCar 24.682 Sam Hornish Jr. Dallara IR-03 2004 Toyota Indy 300
Indy Lights 28.4127[23] Thiago Medeiros Dallara IPS 2004 Miami Indy Lights round
NASCAR Cup 31.527[24] Kevin Harvick Ford Mustang 2019 Ford EcoBoost 400
NASCAR Truck 32.480[25] Justin Haley Chevrolet Silverado 2018 Ford EcoBoost 200
NASCAR Xfinity 32.593[26] Cole Custer Ford Mustang GT 2018 Ford EcoBoost 300
Oval: 2.417 km (1997-2002)[11]
CART 26.825 Dario Franchitti Reynard 99I 1999 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami
Indy Lights 30.271[27] Shigeaki Hattori Lola T97/20 1998 Miami Indy Lights round
NASCAR Cup 34.520[28] Steve Park Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2000 Pennzoil 400
NASCAR Xfinity 35.520[29] Jeff Green Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2001 Ford 300
NASCAR Truck 36.173[30] Jack Sprague Chevrolet C/K 1998 Florida Dodge Dealers 400
Rectangular Quad-Oval: 2.457 km (1995-1996)[11]
CART 28.385 Greg Moore Reynard 96I 1996 Grand Prix of Miami
Indy Lights 32.580[31] Mark Hotchkis Lola T93/20 1996 Miami Indy Lights round
NASCAR Xfinity 39.528[32] Bobby Labonte Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1996 Jiffy Lube Miami 300
NASCAR Truck 40.244[33] Geoffrey Bodine Ford F-150 1996 Florida Dodge Dealers 400

Racing events

Current races

Former races

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 24.462 218.539 / 351.704
Race
(200 laps)
300.000 / 477.975 October 10, 2009 Dario Franchitti Dallara / Honda 1:28:28.3117 201.4318 / 324.1730

NASCAR

Record Year Date Driver Car Make Time Average Speed
(mph)
NASCAR Cup Series
Qualifying 2014 November 14 Brad Keselowski Ford 29.795 181.238
Race (400 miles) 2012 November 14 Jeff Gordon Chevy 2:51:14 142.245
NASCAR Xfinity Series
Qualifying 2004 November 20 Casey Mears Dodge 30.348 177.936
Race (300 miles) 2001 November 10 Joe Nemechek Chevy 2:16:10 132.191 (before reconfiguration)
NASCAR 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)
NASCAR statistics
Most Wins 3 Greg Biffle, Tony Stewart
Most Top 5s 11 Kevin Harvick
Most Top 10s 17 Kevin Harvick
Starts 20 Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson
Poles 3 Denny Hamlin
Most Laps Completed 5346 Kevin Harvick
Most Laps Led 615 Carl Edwards
Avg. Start* 7.8 Kasey Kahne
Avg. Finish* 6.0 Carl Edwards

* from minimum 4 starts. (As of 11/18/12)

Note

References

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External links

  1. ^ The 2021 race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[34]

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