Dual Role For New Tower

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Last weekend, Jeff Gordon told Mike Mulhern of the Winston-Salem News Journal that he was concerned about the growing trend of twilight racing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

"I don't think they're taking the competitors into account enough because they're not recognizing how the sun sets and how blinding it is at these race tracks," Gordon told Mulhern. "I think they need to be pushing these times back later. Or they need to find a way to block the sun for us because we can't put enough things on the windshield or on our helmets to block it."

Gordon won’t need to worry about that problem when he returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the November 20 Ford 400 during Ford Championship Weekend.

While the season finale and title deciding race won’t start until 4 p.m., Speedway officials announced a unique plan on Friday that will enhance VIP viewing of the event while also reducing the glare of the late afternoon sun.

Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray announced the addition of a 16-suite, approximately 800-premium club seat Turn One Tower. Construction begins Monday and will be completed in time for the November 17-20 Ford Championship Weekend, that also includes the season finales for the NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

The announcement follows on the heels of news that the speedway is adding a state-of-the-art Musco lighting system to allow for prime-time racing. The Ford 200, the Friday, November 18 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series finale, will be run at night for the first time.

In 2003, the 1.5-mile speedway was reconfigured with computer-designed, 20-degree variable banking in the turns to allow for more exciting racing.

"With Ford Championship Weekend continuing to emerge as one of the nation's premier sporting events, the Turn One Tower is yet another step, along with the banking and the lights, in making NASCAR's championship speedway that much better," said Gray. "The addition of the new Turn One Tower will provide a unique, never-before-seen hospitality experience for our guests."

The Turn One Tower provides guests with a spectacular view of the entire track and all the racing action from above turn one of the Speedway. In addition, 16 private, totally enclosed suites will sit above the Turn One Club.
"The Turn One Tower, just like grandstand tickets for Ford Championship Weekend, will surely become one of the hottest tickets in South Florida," added Gray. "We encourage individual fans and businesses alike to reserve their spot in the Turn One Tower before it's too late."

Grandstand tickets to Ford Championship Weekend are now on sale as well. For more information or to order tickets, call (305) 230-RACE, (866) 409-RACE, or go to
homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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