Homestead-Miami Speedway to Host Inaugural Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by Sprint Nextel
Tournament on November 15, 2006 Will Benefit Charities

HOMESTEAD, Fla (September 28, 2006) –  Homestead-Miami Speedway announced today that it will host the first Homestead-Miami Speedway Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sprint Nextel Wednesday, November 15th, 2006. The Classic, which will be held at the world famous Doral Golf Resort and Spa, is an exciting new addition to the week of festivities celebrating NASCAR Ford Championship Weekend and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season finale.

The tournament is the first of several community impact programs being initiated by the Speedway, and will pair NASCAR celebrities, professional sports and entertainment figures with  amateur golfers to play on Doral’s legendary Blue Monster and Great White courses.  All proceeds from the event will benefit The NASCAR Foundation, The Bouniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis (the Miami Project) and the Betty Jane France Speediatrics center at Homestead Hospital. 

“With all the excitement building around our NASCAR Nextel Cup Championship, the Celebrity Golf Classic is a way for Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sprint Nextel, The NASCAR Foundation and NASCAR to help two well-deserving South Florida health care projects,” said Speedway president Curtis Gray.  “The work and research being done by the Miami Project is world-renowned.  All of us in auto racing are also very proud of the Speediatrics initiative, which began four years ago at Homestead Hospital, with the support of NASCAR."

Dean Kessel, director of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series marketing for Sprint Nextel, shares Gray’s excitement.

"Sprint Nextel's devotion to the NASCAR community and its many charitable causes is a commitment that has been met with much enthusiasm throughout our entire company," Kessel said.  "What better way to celebrate the culmination of the 2006 season by partnering with Homestead-Miami Speedway and raising money for deserving charities like The NASCAR Foundation."
Nick Nicolosi, who has produced the Super Bowl NFL Golf Classic for over 20 years, will lend his expertise as Tournament Director of the Homestead-Miami Speedway Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sprint Nextel. Under Nicolosi’s management, the Super Bowl NFL Golf Classic has become one of the most popular and successful events of Super Bowl Week.

“With Nick’s leadership, and the partnership of Homestead-Miami Speedway and sponsors like Sprint Nextel, this new event will become the premier golf tournament on the NASCAR circuit,” Speedway president Gray said.

The Homestead-Miami Speedway Celebrity Golf Classic is open to amateur golfers who may enter as individuals or as part of a foursome. The entry fee of $750 is a tax deductible contribution to the NASCAR Foundation. Each participant will receive a gift bag as well as a commemorative souvenir plaque featuring his or her photograph taken with their team and celebrity captain. Lunch will be served prior to the golf tournament and an informal awards party and memorabilia auction will follow. Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place teams on each course. 

The Chase for The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway November 17-19 as the world's best drivers take their shot at becoming the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Champion. All three NASCAR Series, the Craftsman Truck, Busch, and Nextel Cup will crown champions under the lights during Ford Championship Weekend. To purchase tickets to events at HMS, or for more information, please visit or call (866) 409-RACE.

Please contact Tournament Director, Nick Nicolosi at 201-489-0049 or via email at for more information or to obtain invitations for this event.