Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5 miles, Intermediate, 2x 180 °-turns) in Homestead, Florida
Since 1999, the Cup at Homestead moves in the southwest of the city of Miami, but the track itself is already a few years older. Hurricane Andrew drew large parts of the village early 90s affected and part of the reconstruction plan was the 70 million-US-dollar 1.5-mile oval that initially got a Indianapolis-like layout - four flat 90 ° curves arranged as a rectangle. Since the track but was a mile shorter than the model in Indiana, there was more bad Racing to see and also it was due to the curve angle often serious accidents. Then in 1997, died John Nemechek, brother of Cup driver Joe Nemechek in a truck race, which triggered an extensive reconfiguration of the track layouts. The two long straights were retained, but the converted 90 ° curves at both ends for 8.2 million dollars in two single continuous 180 ° curves with low banking.
Since this conversion is no better Racing produced, it was 2003 so far last reconstruction, which proved to be a stroke of luck. The today so highly variable banking of 18 ° -20 ° allowing fast passage through the curves on the steeper upper part of the track, so the bottom line got serious competition, and made for extremely tight finishing lines in the following years. Since 2002, Ford is sponsoring the now traditional Championship Weekend at which participate all three national racing series. The Nationwide Series ran shortly after opening in 1995, the first race at the Speedway and a year later the trucks came to their race, however, were held early in the year prior to 2002 in Florida. CART or Indy cars were also many years since 1996 in Homestead road, where often held the first race of the season and also pre-season testing. 2009 and 2011, the final race of the IndyCar calendar was organized in Homestead, until the contract was not renewed in 2011.
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