Homestead Miami Speedway (iRacing)
Host to the NASCAR season-finale, the 1.5-mile variable-banked Homestead-Miami oval has also been the site of IndyCar races and professional sports car races, the latter utilizing one of the facility’s two r-oval configurations. SCCA amateur races and CSS motorcycle races also take place on the road circuit.
With more than a thousand palm trees and a Caribbean color scheme, the facility projects a South Beach flavor that distinguishes Homestead-Miami from other major race tracks in America. It took a while to get the right combination for the racing surface. In its first iteration, the track had four separate low-banked corners, reminiscent of a mini Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That configuration failed to promote good racing, and unfortunately also provided bad crash angles. Widening the aprons failed to correct either of these problems.A major reconfiguration of the track during the summer of 1997 brought a more conventional layout – sweeping 180-degree corners at either end of the oval. Close, but still no cigar. But the most recent work on the track, during which the track assumed variable banking – up to 20 degrees in the corners, flattening to 3 degrees on the straightaways – has done the trick. Everyone agrees, at Homestead-Miami, the beauty is now more than skin deep.