Hurricane Irma Shouldn’t Affect NASCAR Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway

National Hurricane Center

CONCORD, N.C. — Despite concerns that Hurricane Irma could put a damper on NASCAR’s upcoming Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS), the track only received “minor” damage as the most powerful storm in history brushed by the southern tip of Florida.

Although there was severe flooding in other parts of the state, including Miami, track official believe any issues at the track can be resolved and they are looking forward to continuing to host the final race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season in 10 weeks.

“During the course of Hurricane Irma, Homestead-Miami Speedway sustained minor and cosmetic damage to non-essential parts of the speedway,” Neal Gulkis, director of communications for HMS. “None of this damage is expected to impact our ability to host Ford Championship Weekend, November 17-19.

“We are working with city and county officials to fully assess the situation, as all of South Florida was affected by this event. We are ready to assist local officials in Miami-Dade County with any available resources to aid the community in the recovery efforts from the storm.”

News reports did confirm a tornado touched down near the track but its path did not affect the facility.

Gulkis said the track will provide future updates as more information on the infrastructure around the area becomes available and that the thoughts and prayers of everyone at HMS are with everyone affects by Irma’s impact.

Up the coast roughly 286 miles, its sister track, Daytona International Speedway, also felt the wrath of Hurricane Irma. Although not directly in the path, strong winds and heavy rains pummeled the World Center of Racing for several hours but even Irma won’t stop racing in Daytona.

“Daytona International Speedway has experienced moderate damage from Hurricane Irma,” said Andrew Booth, DIS Public Relations Director. “The damage to the facility was cosmetic and will not have an impact on the event calendar. Daytona International Speedway Ticket Office and Tours will remain closed on Tuesday for facility cleanup.

“Hurricane Irma has left a significant impact on the community and Daytona International Speedway is working with local, regional and state officials to assist on recovery efforts. Daytona International Speedway is once again serving as a staging site for Florida Power & Light crews who are working on restoring power in the area. Our thoughts continue to be with everyone who has been impacted by this powerful weather system.”

Atlanta Motor Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Darlington Raceway and Charlotte Motor Speedway also received heavy rains due to Irma’s track northward but as the storm weakened no other damage has been reported by any of NASCAR’s racing facilities.

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