Homestead-Miami Speedway opened in 1995 as a "rectangular oval," similar in shape to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but with flatter corners. It was first used for CART (open wheel) and NASCAR Busch series races, but the low banking was found to cut down on speeds and make passing difficult.
In 1997 the track was changed to a traditional oval shape and hosted its first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race two years later. In 2003 it was given steeper banking. Homestead-Miami has hosted the Pennzoil 400, the Pennzoil Freedom 400, and, since 2002, the Ford 400, currently the final race of the year.
Homestead-Miami Speedway Visitor Information
Homestead-Miami Speedway contact information: Homestead-Miami Speedway. 1 Speedway Blvd., Homestead, FL (33035). Phone 305/230-RACE (7223). www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.
Homestead-Miami Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Homestead-Miami Speedway layout.
Homestead-Miami Speedway security: Each person may carry one soft-sided bag or cooler no larger than 6 x 6 x 12 inches; it may contain ice. One clear plastic bag no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches is allowed but not for ice. Track reentry passes are available. Binoculars, cameras, and headsets (worn around the neck) are allowed, as are seat cushions. No large bags, strollers, bikes, umbrellas, chairs, or pets allowed.
Homestead-Miami Speedway parking: Parking is free during events, and overnight parking not allowed. Lots open at 6:30 a.m. and close at dusk. Reserved parking is available with some advance ticket purchases. Handicapped-accessible spaces (display credentials) can be found in Lots A, E, and Blue. Weekend-long parking for RVs is available on the south side of the track.
Homestead-Miami Speedway first aid: Find first-aid facilities in the administrative building directly across from the speedway’s main entrance and around the track; or phone 305/230-5050. Homestead Hospital (160 NW 13th St., phone 786/243-8000) is 6 miles away.
Homestead-Miami Speedway concessions: Find refreshments at concession stands throughout the grandstand area. Hospitality tents offer amenities to those with exclusive tickets (phone 305/230-7223).