Speedway’s ‘Car Wash and Ride’ event benefits Special Olympics

Speedway's 'Car Wash and Ride' benefits Special Olympics Florida

Participants test the Speedway’s front stretch while taking fast laps around track.

For anyone who has ever wondered what it’s like to drive around NASCAR’s championship track, here’s your chance.

On Sunday, July 31, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Special Olympics Florida-Miami-Dade County will host a “Car Wash and Ride” event where participants will have the rare opportunity to get their car washed and drive around the same 1.5-mile oval track that hosts the championship races in NASCAR’s three national series.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics Florida-Miami-Dade County and Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, Driving for a Cause. The Car Wash and Ride will take place from noon to 5 p.m.

With a $20 donation, participants can have their car washed before experiencing first-hand the Speedway’s unique progressive banking. Additional laps will be available for a $10 donation. Drivers should enter the Speedway through Gate 18, located off SW 344th Street/Palm Drive.

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 bward@homesteadmiamispeedway.com for more details.

The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The track, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2015, is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The track is active nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region.

NASCAR has crowned its champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway each of the past 14 years (2002-15) at Ford Championship Weekend. The 2016 Ford Championship Weekend will take place Nov. 18-20.

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