Rumors have been swirling for weeks that Homestead Speedway, the Miami-based race track, could be closing its doors for good. While still a popular destination for motorsports enthusiasts, the news has cast a pall over the racing world. The rumors gained traction after the track’s co-owners filed for bankruptcy and had to put the property up for sale. It was later believed that a buyer had been found but the deal fell through and the track was put back on the market.
Is Homestead Speedway really closing down? Let’s take a look.
History Of The Track
The track opened in 1950 and, for decades, served as one of the preeminent race tracks in the United States. It is credited with launching the careers of several renowned drivers such as Richard Petty, Johnny Mantz, and Donnie Allison. The track’s impact can still be felt today as Homestead is still hailed as one of the most popular racing destinations in the country. It is the longest running asphalt race track in America and the third-oldest track in the country. It is also the only remaining wooden race track in the country.
Over the years, Homestead has attracted some legendary names to its gates. Names like Alonzo Barber, Richard Petty, and A.J. Foyt are just some of the legendary figures who have graced the track’s podium. Foyt, in particular, is often heralded as one of the greatest motorsport entrepreneurs of all time. He owned several tracks, many of which were considered to be among the best in the country. Most notably, he is credited with introducing ancillary attractions such as restaurants and hotels to tracks. That entrepreneurship eventually led to the creation of the Automobile Racing Club, which later merged with the Drivers’ Club to become the Grand Prix Drivers Association. It was Foyt who brought the idea of the World Championship to life and it was first held at Homestead in January 1949.
What Is The Point Of The Track?
There is no question that Homestead is a premier track. It has served as one of the country’s preeminent race venues for more than seven decades and continues to attract fans from all over the world. It is the only remaining wooden race track in the country and it prides itself on its wonderful racing atmosphere. While the track is best known for its automobile racing events, it also hosts other forms of racing including karting, motorcycle events, and even monster truck shows. The facility even has an IMAX theater which screens several of nature’s greatest events including lightning storms and solar eclipses!
It is this variety which makes Homestead such a unique and appealing destination for fans of all kinds. There is something for everyone!
Will There Be Anymore Racing At Homestead?
While it would be wise to approach this question with a grain of salt, it would be a shame to see one of the great American racing destinations disappear. It would be unfair to speculate as to the future of Homestead but it seems clear that there will be no more auto racing events at the track. This is not to say that there aren’t a number of opportunities to be had by fans of the sport. The team at Homestead is working hard to schedule some great racing events for its fans which will carry on the tradition of the track. The team is also actively seeking new partners and opportunities for existing events. If you’re a fan of motor racing, it would be a great idea to keep a close eye on what happens at Homestead. While it may be unlikely that we’ll see another NASCAR race at the track in the near future, there will still be plenty for fans to enjoy.