Homestead Fans to Come From 50 States

Forty-Eight States Represented In Advance Sale for Pennzoil 400 HOMESTEAD, Fla. (July 1, 1999) -- They will be coming from all corners of the country to witness the inaugural Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway the weekend of Nov. 11-14....

Forty-Eight States Represented In Advance Sale for Pennzoil 400

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (July 1, 1999) -- They will be coming from all corners of the country to witness the inaugural Pennzoil 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway the weekend of Nov. 11-14. To date, customers from all 48 of the continental United States have purchased tickets for the debut of NASCAR Winston Cup racing in South Florida.

"NASCAR Winston Cup racing is a national sport, and having sold tickets to fans from all 48 continental states demonstrates that the inaugural Pennzoil 400 is a national event," said Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We're still hoping to hear from fans in Alaska and Hawaii."

Following are comments from selected fans from across the country who have already purchased tickets for the Pennzoil 400:

"Miami is the furthest point from Portland," explained Peter Alotta of Saint Helens, Oregon. "We felt it would be nice to be part of the inaugural race."

Alotta's itinerary includes spending most of his seven days in South Florida being "speedway groupies," along with time visiting friends in Fort Lauderdale.

"We'll be joining friends from Columbus, Ohio, at the race," said Alotta, whose only other NASCAR Winston Cup race was at Dover, Del., near his native Philadelphia.

"If you knew what the weather in Washington was like in November -- gray and dreary -- you'd know why I was going," said Bill Combs of Auburn, Wash., who attends "one or two" NASCAR Winston Cup races a year. "Thinking about going to Miami in November really helps me with my sanity, knowing how our weather will be at that time of year."

"We plan to take in the race -- and soak up the sunshine," said Bonnie Merrill of Windham, Maine, who has been a November regular at the Speedway since it opened in 1995. "We built a second home in Homestead just before the track opened, and we've become interested in racing since then. The Speedway is a great asset to the community."

"We pick three or four races a year, and as soon as we heard about the race in Miami, we targeted it," said Peggy Eddie, of Kalispell, Montana. "My husband Maurice loves racing, and it will be real special to attend the inaugural race in Miami. We've been to the Daytona 500 the last 12 years, and we love visiting Florida in the winter, even though it's a long, long way from Montana."

A limited number of grandstand seats are still available for the Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Miami 300 NASCAR Busch Series races. Two-event packages start at $75. Also on sale are reserved recreational vehicle locations. To place credit card ticket orders, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information, visit the official Speedway web site at www.racemiami.com.

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