Track Spotting - Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead is one of the younger ovals we drive on. After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the project was launched to help rebuild the region's economy. On 24.08.1993 the construction work started, exactly one year after the catastrophe.
While the Cup Series 1995 ended their season still in Atlanta, you could secure in this opening year already the finale of the Busch Series (former Xfinity Series). The Cup Series and the Truck Series came to Florida in 2002 to win the championship there.
Visually, however, in the 90s they adapted to the region with Aqua, Purple and Silver, but critics expected very bad races. The track looked a little different than today: Homestead was similar to Indianapolis, only slightly smaller. The curves were flat and the turns rather rectangular. This plan was born from the background that Carl G. Fisher helped shape both Indy and Miami Beach.
Since this proved true, the curves were rounded in 1996, even though they had significantly less banking than today. Already in 1997 this problem was touched again and created today's route. Today's banking, however, only came about with a further reconstruction in 2003, which was to be followed by a lighting system in 2005.
The racing was thus significantly better and the fans on the track benefited from a better entertainment. It should not forget the fatal accident of Paul Dana. John Nemechek had to give up his life on the 1997 course, as did Jeff Clinton on the inner Road Course 2002.
In 2009, the IRL and the Grand-Am Series also ended their championships in Homestead, so that a total of five seasons could be decided here. A completely different racetrack, however, will probably never be implemented for us: Behind the grandstand there is a course for RC vehicles, which also holds championships here.
Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart have the most on the track with three wins in each case. Volker Hackmann, Akos Bokor and Gabriel Stöhr are the most successful in almost 60 VO races. Of the 40 different winners, by the way, 30 riders did not manage to repeat their success.