Drivers can take their cars around the Speedway Oval

South Florida, start your engines! Homestead- Miami Speedway will host the “Track Laps for a Cause” charity event on Saturday, Sept. 19. Fans are invited to bring their personal cars down to the track and drive around the 1.5- mile oval that crowns NASCAR’s champions. All laps will be led by the official Homestead-Miami Speedway pace car.

Proceeds from the event benefit Homestead-Miami Speedway’s chari- table outreach program, “Driving for a Cause.”

Established after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Homestead- Miami Speedway was developed by the City of Homestead as a state-of-the-art motorsports venue that would forever change the economy of Homestead, Greater Miami and the entire South Florida region.

Homestead-Miami Speedway’s “Driving for a Cause” uses the popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on South Florida youth and educational programs. “Driving for a Cause” is a donor-advised fund under the umbrella of the NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that hosts numerous charity events. In addition, The NASCAR Foundation sponsors the “Speediatrics” pediatric emergency response unit at Homestead Hospital.

Guests will be able to drive their cars around Homestead-Miami Speedway for $10 per lap. Rides in the official Homestead-Miami Speedway pace car, a Ford Shelby GT 500 Mustang, also are available for $60 per lap. Motorcyclists will be able to participate with a helmet.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, and will end at 7 p.m. Local car clubs are invited to attend the event for a group rate. Car clubs will receive a set amount of laps around the oval and a photo opportunity on the track. Contact Brandon Ward at 305-230-5228 or for more details.

Drivers will enter the Speedway through Gate 18 on SW 344th Street and through the tunnel to the infield. Additional laps may be purchased by cash or credit card after the completion of the paid laps. Cash and credit cards will be accepted at the gate.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, 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. NASCAR has crowned its champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway for 13 straight years. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year consisted of Kevin Harvick (Sprint Cup Series), Chase Elliott (XFINITY Series) and Matt Crafton (Camping World Truck Series). The 2015 Ford Championship Weekend will be held Nov. 20-22.

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