CONSTRUCTION HEATS UP FOR SUMMER AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY HOMESTEAD, Fla. (April 30, 1999) - Homestead-Miami Speedway began construction of 21,000 new grandstand seats in preparation for one of the most anticipated sporting events in...
CONSTRUCTION HEATS UP FOR SUMMER AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (April 30, 1999) - Homestead-Miami Speedway began construction of 21,000 new grandstand seats in preparation for one of the most anticipated sporting events in Miami history, the Nov. 11-14 debut of NASCAR Winston Cup racing in South Florida. This latest phase of Speedway construction will boost grandstand capacity to more than 71,000. Infield, suite and hospitality admissions will push total attendance beyond 80,000. The weekend of racing will feature NASCAR's top two divisions, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the NASCAR Busch Series, the 1999 Series finale, in Saturday's Miami 300. "When I first saw the Speedway, I knew right away why NASCAR decided to race here," said Jeff Gordon, three-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion. "The place is awesome! This is a beautiful facility, and people will like coming here. I think motorsports will be a great fit for South Florida." "Fans who travel and visit other sports venues around the country will be struck by the fact that Homestead-Miami Speedway is not your typical race track," said Homestead Mayor Steve Shiver. "There's nothing like it in sports. First of all, it's massive. Secondly, it's not only one of the most beautiful buildings in South Florida, it's one of the most striking sports facilities I've seen anywhere in the country." The impressive look of the facility will be further enhanced with the expansion, which will continue the elevated 48-row main grandstand through turn one of the 1.5-mile superspeedway. The first phase of the Speedway's expansion began shortly after the announcement of the upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup race in September, 1998. More than 4,800 seats were added to the upper portion of the turn four side of the main grandstand for the 1998 Jiffy Lube Miami 300 NASCAR Busch Series finale. Expansion continued in preparation for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota/Florida Dodge Dealer 400 weekend in March, adding 3,500 seats above the existing turn one side of the main grandstand. Reserved seats for the November 11-14 weekend are still available by calling (305) 230-7223. For additional information, including photos of the new construction, visit the Speedway's official web site, www.racemiami.com.