Friday, March 28, 2014

3 Things You Need to Know About April's Fast Lane Friday

Our last Fast Lane Friday was a hit, but it is about to get better! Find out below what you need to know when you start preparing for our April 4th Fast Lane Friday!

1. While at the event, YOU can choose the music by tweeting us your song name with the hashtag, #FastLaneFriday

2. We will be keeping track of fastest times and speeds. Keep a look out to see if your car made our leader board!

3. Connect with us! Follow @HomesteadMiami on Twitter and Instagram for Fast Lane Friday 

Videos and Photos. AND tag your shots with #FastLaneFriday and we will share our favorites!

>> More about Fast Lane Friday

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6 Things to Know about Formula Drift

1. What is drifting?

Drifting is a driving technique in which a driver breaks the rear wheels out of a gripping position and counter-steers the vehicle around a course or track.

Formula drifting is when you drift according to a line designated by a panel of judges, through a marked course. The line is the best drifting path according to the judges as it provides the highest speed and angle the car is capable of handling.

2. How do they qualify?

32 drivers can qualify and qualifying is in a knockout format. The drivers complete one run on the track in order of their current rank in the Championship. The top 16 divers are placed in the tandem bracket by qualifying rank. The bottom 16 spots are filled by the rest of the field completing a second run. The higher of the two scores is the score the driver keeps and the remaining 16 spots are filled accordingly.

Qualifying scoring is done by three judges who are assigned to three criterions: Line, Angle, and Style. The maximum possible score is 100 points. Points are allotted as followed:

Line Judge: maximum of 25 points + up to 5 Style points = max of 30 points
Angle Judge: maximum of 25 points + up to 5 Style points = max of 30 points
Style Judge: maximum of 30 points
Speed: maximum of  10 points 

>> More on qualifying

3. What is the format?

After qualifying the 32 drivers are paired in a bracket according to Championship rank and qualifying round points and compete in tandem elimination rounds.

The tandem elimination rounds consist of two runs in head-to-head format. There is a Lead car and a Chase car. The lead car must drift the course according to the speed, line, angle, and style as defined by the judges. The chase car must drift according to the lead car.

4. How are they judged?

There is a panel composed of three judges: Andy Yen, Ryan Lanteigne, and Brian Eggert. The judges look at four criteria when judging:

Speed (measured at specific points)
Angle (the maximum drift angle the driver can maintain and control their vehicle on the course)
 Line (how close are they to drifting the ideal line/path)
Style/Impact (the driver’s flair. how they exhibit their personal driving style)

5. How do they win?

The three judges observe both runs during the tandem elimination round. No scores are declared between the two runs. After the two runs, the judges select from three options:
- Driver “A” wins
- Driver “B” wins
- “One More Time”

The majority will rule and the winner is decided. If there is no clear majority a “One More Time” will be granted and another 2 run head-to-head begins. Multiple “One More Times” may be needed to determine the winner. The remaining driver from the tandem elimination bracket of 32 is the winner.

6. How do I come watch?
Formula Drift Championship Round 3 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Friday May 30: 12:00pm
Saturday May 31: 7:00pm

>> Tickets will be available day of the event or

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hotel Impossible at Homestead-Miami Speedway

In the all-new episode of "Hotel Impossible," Anthony Melchiorri takes a spin around HomesteadMiami Speedway as he helps the Floridian Hotel partner with the facility.

Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos:
Anthony Melchiorri (left) discusses the Homestead Miami Speedway's marketing options for the Floridian Hotel.

Anthony Melchiorri prepares to get in a stock car at the Homestead-Miami Speedway

Anthony Melchiorri (far left) heads to the Homestead Miami Speedway to make a marketing deal with the track

Anthony Melchiorri manages a meeting between the Homestead Miami Speedway and the owners of the Floridian Hotel

Friday, March 7, 2014


For the second straight year, some of the finest professional golfers in the world tried their hands at motorsports at Homestead-Miami Speedway during the Cadillac V-Series Challenge for Charity. Their racing efforts Wednesday netted $20,000 for two South Florida philanthropies. 
Webb Simpson took home top honors by finishing the braking competition along the track’s 1/8-mile Pit Road with the day’s fastest time, 6.784 seconds, bettering David Owen by .031 seconds.  Simpson’s mark means a $12,000 donation to the track’s charitable arm, Driving For A Cause.  Make-A-Wish receives $8,000.
Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open Champion and four-time PGA Tour winner, and his fellow golfers are in town for the WGC Cadillac Championship at the revamped Trump Doral course. Players from the Cadillac Championship field who participated in the Cadillac V-Series Challenge included: Hunter Mahan; Graham DeLaet; Louis Oosthuizen; Roberto Castro; Harris English; Webb Simpson; and Kiradech Aphibarnrat. 
Additionally, representatives from Make-A-Wish and Donald Trump, Jr. took turns behind the wheel
Twenty three competitors competed in the challenge that also included “hot laps” around the 1.5-oval that will host NASCAR’s championship races in its top three national series for the 13th-consecutive year in November (14-16).

5 Reasons our Fans Renew

5. To Save Money

If you renew your tickets in the time period allowed, you will receive the prices of 2013. This means if we decide to raise prices for the general public, your price will already be locked in, saving you up to $40 per ticket. 

4. Race2Renew Sweepstakes

For the first time, we are rewarding our fans who renew before April 4 with the chance to win a trip for 4 to Las Vegas for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Banquet. We will fly to and from Vegas, put you up in a hotel, and get you tickets to the coveted NASCAR event! Renew Now…that could be all yours!

3. To Upgrade Before Everyone Else

Maybe they saw their friends in the Speedway Club, or just wanted to try something new, our fans are telling us they like to be first to get the coveted areas. Many fans are moving from Turn 4 to the start finish line, or up into the Speedway club. Where will you sit?

2. The New Championship Format

This year we have a new Chase, as well as a new Championship. Four contenders will come into the championship on equal footing, fighting for it all in one major race. Whether you agree with the new chase format or not, it is going to be one for the history books.

1. "It's tradition. It's Homestead-Miami Speedway"

Our loyal fans mean the world to us. We love to hear that are renewing because it is part of your family’s tradition or you just love the speedway. We are honored to be part of your year. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fast Lane Friday Dates

Fast Lane Fridays

Gear Up for Fast Lane Fridays!

Race your OWN car down our 1/8 track on Pit Road or just come watch all the action

Next event: March 14 at 6:00 pm