Hurricane Irma damages NASCAR's Daytona, Homestead speedways
NASCAR's two major national tracks in Florida suffered damage as Hurricane Irma roared through the state.
Daytona International Speedway announced Monday afternoon the facility "has experienced moderate damage from Hurricane Irma. Damage was cosmetic and will not have an impact on the event calendar." The ticket office and tours will remain closed Tuesday as the facility continues cleanup.
Homestead-Miami Speedway, just south of Miami, suffered only “minor and cosmetic” damage, according to a speedway statement.
“During the course of Hurricane Irma, Homestead-Miami Speedway sustained minor and cosmetic damage to non-essential parts of the speedway. None of this damage is expected to impact our ability to host Ford Championship Weekend, November 17-19," the speedway's statement said (via NASCAR.com).
“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."
Ironically, Homestead, annual site of the NASCAR season finale, was built as the result of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Homestead 25 years ago last month. Local promoter Ralph Sanchez developed the speedway to help boost economic recovery in the area.