FL. - The fans spoke and Homestead-Miami Speedway listened.
As part of a major track reconfiguration project,
Homestead-Miami Speedway will increase its track banking to
a maximum of 20 degrees in the turns through an innovative
variable-degree banking system, announced Speedway President
Construction on the project, estimated to cost in excess of
$10 million, began Wednesday with a ceremonial demolition of
Homestead-Miami Speedway's Turn Four. The project is
scheduled to be complete in time for the 2003 Ford
Championship Weekend, the season-finales for the NASCAR
Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, set for
November 13-16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The reconfiguration project with the added banking comes
after feedback from race fans, along with drivers, asking
for more exciting racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"In listening to our race fans, we have decided to make this
major step in the evolution of Homestead-Miami Speedway,"
said Gray. "We are already one of the world's finest
facilities and host one of the biggest weekends in all of
motorsports: November's Ford Championship Weekend, where
championships can be won or lost. Now with the
reconfiguration of the racetrack and the additional banking,
Homestead-Miami Speedway will offer even more competitive
racing and will be one of the most desirable destinations
for race fans everywhere."
When complete, the track's banking will be increased from
its current six degrees to a maximum of 20 degrees while
implementing an innovative, variable banking system. With
the variable banking system, the degree of banking is
increased progressively from the bottom to the top of each
turn. At the midpoint of each turn, there will be 18 degrees
banking at the bottom, 19 degrees in the middle, and 20
degrees at the top. The variable banking system is designed
to create three competitive racing grooves around the track.
Homestead-Miami Speedway becomes the first NASCAR Winston
Cup track to be planned and constructed to include this
variable banking system.
"The new Homestead-Miami Speedway with its variable degrees
of banking is being designed to facilitate three competitive
racing grooves around the new track," added Gray. "This
innovative design will in turn translate into more exciting,
side-by-side racing action for our race fans."
Drivers agree that the reconfiguration of Homestead-Miami
Speedway will make racing much more exciting at the South
"The reconfiguration of the track with additional and
variable banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway is great news,"
said 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett. "It
should provide for great side-by-side racing and some real
excitement for all the race fans who come out to Ford
Championship Weekend this November."
Four-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon agrees,
adding that Homestead-Miami Speedway is indeed one of the
country's premier motorsports facilities.
"The added banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway is exactly
what we've been waiting for," said four-time NASCAR Winston
Cup champion Jeff Gordon. "This has always been one of the
finest facilities in the country, and now with the added
banking in the turns, the track and the racing should be
more exciting than ever."
NASCAR Winston Cup driver Ricky Rudd is eager to race on the
new Homestead-Miami Speedway and its innovative,
"I always thought that it would be perfect to have variable
degrees of banking," said Rudd. "I'm real excited about the
plans that are in place at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the
new banking. It's going to lend itself to great side-by-side
racing and I'm really looking forward to racing on the new
Demolition has begun. The first
section of wall comes down
PHOTO CREDIT: Denis Bancroft;
Homestead-Miami Speedway Photo
Reconfiguring the track and increasing
the banking at Homestead-Miami Speedway is easier said than done.
Below are some facts relevant to this major construction project at
Amount of landfill needed: 4,050,000 cubic feet of landfill
That's enough dirt to cover an eight-story building as large as a
Weight of landfill: 390,000,000 pounds
That's the equivalent of 112,000 NASCAR Winston Cup cars piled
together or 2,437,500 160-pound men.
Miles driven to transport the landfill: Approximately 50,000 miles
That's the equivalent of driving 19 times from South Beach to New
York City and back, or completing the "Daytona 500" 100 times.
Truckloads of landfill: 10,000 truckloads
If you were to line up 10,000 dump trucks bumper-to-bumper, they
would extend more than 30 miles. That's longer than the distance
from Miami to Fort Lauderdale along I-95.
Amount of fencing: 22 strands of fencing around the 1.5 mile oval
That's the equivalent of 33 miles of fencing, enough fencing to
stretch from Homestead-Miami Speedway to South Beach.
Hours worked: On-site construction will go on for roughly 18 hours a
day, seven days a week.
Demolition1.jpg: Curtis Gray, President of Homestead-Miami Speedway,
leads the countdown to tear down the wall of Turn 4 of the
Homestead-Miami Speedway oval on Wednesday, May 21. The demolition
of the wall marked the beginning of construction to reconfigure
Homestead-Miami Speedway with new, variable 20-degree banking to
provide for more exciting, side-by-side racing. The NEW
Homestead-Miami Speedway will debut at Ford Championship Weekend -
the season finales for the NASCAR Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman
Truck Series - November 13 -16.
Demolition2.jpg; Demolition3.jpg; Demolition4.jpg (in sequence): The
Turn Four wall at Homestead-Miami Speedway comes crashing down on
Wednesday, May 21. (background: Mike Alexander, Homestead-Miami
Speedway Project Manager)
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