HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 3, 1998) - The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will make its South Florida debut on Nov. 14, 1999, at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, according to a joint announcement by NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 3, 1998) - The NASCAR Winston Cup Series will make its South Florida debut on Nov. 14, 1999, at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, according to a joint announcement by NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation (Nasdaq/NM: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) and Penske Motorsports, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPWY).
Jiffy Lube, sponsor of the speedway's inaugural race in 1995, will continue its involvement by presenting the Jiffy Lube Miami 400, a 400-mile, 267-lap event on the 1.5-mile oval. "With a population of over five million and the ninth largest television market in the nation, this is a major expansion in the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule," said Mike Helton, NASCAR vice president of competition, in making the announcement at the track. "The Winston Cup race, in conjunction with the final Busch Series points race, will make for a very exciting weekend."
The Jiffy Lube Miami 400 weekend will also include the fifth annual visit of NASCAR's Busch Series, on Saturday, Nov. 13. The event will once again serve as the division's final race of the season.
"The addition of a NASCAR Winston Cup event, joining CART Championship Car, NASCAR Craftsman Trucks and major international road racing, truly makes the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex a premier facility," said Brian Skuza, President of Homestead Miami Speedway LLC, complex operator. "It's a testimony to the hard work of our communities that we've overcome the destruction from Hurricane Andrew only six years ago."
"We at Jiffy Lube are honored to have filled such an important role in rebuilding the Homestead area in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew," said Jiffy Lube President James M. Wheat of Houston. "We are particularly pleased to have been a partner from the beginning in bringing exciting NASCAR action to South Florida. The Jiffy Lube Miami 400 will bring an even greater economic impact to Miami and the surrounding area."
Skuza said the speedway would add 30,000 additional seats to accommodate the large crowd expected to the event, boosting the capacity to over 70,000 seats. Forty-five hundred of these seats will be ready for this year's Jiffy Lube Miami 300 on November 15, which will be the final Busch Series race of the season and the final U.S. event during NASCAR's historic 50th anniversary celebration.
"We plan to add more parking, restrooms, first aid and concession facilities," said Skuza. "These will be first class amenities, as we continue to be a guest and family-friendly facility."
The Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex is a state-of-the-art 344-acre facility located in the Homestead area of the vibrant South Florida market. Other annual events at the speedway include the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami presented by Toyota for CART Championship Cars, the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and major sports car events on the 2.21- mile road circuit.
Tickets for the Winston Cup Jiffy Lube Miami 400 - including a 1999 NASCAR "season ticket" package -- are currently being offered to customers who have purchased advance tickets for any 1998 events at the speedway. Remaining tickets are expected to go on sale to the general public on December 1, 1998.
For additional information, call the speedway ticket office at (305) 230-RACE (7223).