Base To Provide Flyover For Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, Nov. 16
Two of Homestead’s most recognizable residents will team up to provide fans attending the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 16 an unforgettable experience. Homestead Air Reserve Base will be providing a flyover prior to the start of Sunday’s Sprint Cup Series Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, making it one of only a handful of tracks that will have had a military flyover this year. On Sunday following the National Anthem, a pair of F-16 fighter jets from the 93rd Fighter Squadron will be seen – and heard – over the host venue for the championship races in all three of NASCAR’s series.
In addition to the flyover, the Base will be involved in many other ways throughout Ford Championship Weekend. The 482nd Homestead Air Reserve Base Security Forces Color Guard will be Presenting the Colors on Friday, November 14 prior to the Ford EcoBoost 200, while the 482nd Honor Guard out of Homestead Air Reserve Base will be doing the same for the Ford EcoBoost 300 on Saturday, November 15 and the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, November 16. U.S. Army Brigadier General Kurt L. Sonntag, Commander of SOCSOUTH, will deliver the Pledge of Allegiance before Sunday’s race, while Colonel Christian G. Funk, Commander of the 482nd Fighter Wing at Homestead Air Reserve Base, will be giving the Oath of Enlistment to the new military recruits who will be present on stage prior to Sunday’s race.
This is not the first time this year that the Speedway and the Base have joined forces. Back on September 10, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports, paid a visit to the Base as part of the Chase Across North America Tour media event. In fact, during that visit he worked with the crew chief to prep and launch an F-16 fighter jet.
Tickets are still available for the Ford EcoBoost 200 and the Ford EcoBoost 300, while a limited number remain for the Ford EcoBoost 400. For more information on tickets, call 305-230-5255 or visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The 650-acre facility is active more than 280 days per year, and features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The track generates more than $250 million annually for the region.
For the 13th consecutive year, NASCAR will crown champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend (November 14-16). The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season will again culminate with the Ford EcoBoost 400, which is broadcast live on TV by ESPN to 200 countries in 24 languages. It also will air on radio by MRN and its affiliates throughout the country. For the first time, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series will crown its champion based on a 10-race, 16-driver elimination series. The four remaining drivers who have advanced from the previous rounds in the Chase For The Sprint Cup will compete amongst a full 43-car field at the Ford EcoBoost 400, with the highest finisher among those four drivers earning the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship.