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September 6, 2012 2:24 PM

Matt Kenseth to Visit U.S. Coast Guard Miami Beach on 9/11

Miami – Homestead-Miami Speedway and the United States Coast Guard Seventh District Regional MWR Office located in Base Miami Beach will welcome Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifier Matt Kenseth to South Florida for a series of activities on Tuesday (September 11).

Kenseth will arrive at the Miami Beach base at approximately 11:15 a.m. on the 11th. He will go out to sea aboard the United States Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback. While in the open water, Kenseth will drive the cutter, lead maneuvers, including a man overboard simulation utilizing a stern launch with a 33-foot “small boat” that the USCG uses for search & rescue and pursuit. Kenseth will also have lunch with crew members, participate in a Q&A session and tour the facility.

He is the driver of the No. 17 Best Buy Ford, and currently sits third in points, trailing only Greg Biffle and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, has one win in 2012 to go along with 15 top-10 finishes in 25 races this year.

The appearance is part of NASCAR’s Chase Across America, previewing the Chase for The NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s equivalent of the playoffs, which culminates with the season-ending championship race – the Ford EcoBoost 400 – on November 18 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Kenseth’s activities will be shown on an upcoming episode of the Weather Channel’s “Coast Guard Florida,” which is currently in production at Coast Guard Miami Beach. Additionally, NASCAR Media Group will be on hand capturing video for use on various NASCAR television shows across several networks.

The activities on land are open to all media, while a select number of spots will be available for the at-sea portion. Media interested in attending should RSVP to pr@homesteadmiamispeedway.com. Members of the media must RSVP to garner consideration for a spot on the boat going out to sea.

Who:
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 2012 Chase qualifier Matt Kenseth; U.S. Coast Guard Seventh District Regional MWR Office; Homestead-Miami Speedway

What: A series of activities recognizing U.S. Coast Guard units within the Greater Miami Area, as first responders on the anniversary of 9/11; A preview of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, which concludes with the season-ending championship race – the Ford EcoBoost 400 – at Homestead Miami Speedway on November 18

Where:
U.S. Coast Guard, Base Miami Beach, 100 MacArthur Causeway, Miami Beach, FL 33139

When:
11:15 a.m. EST

Why:
To recognize critical first-responders and those who keep our shores and waters safe

About Homestead-Miami Speedway
The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The 640-acre facility is active more than 280 days per year and hosts NASCAR’s Championship Races during Ford Championship Weekend (November 16-18, 2012). The Sprint Cup Series Championship Ford EcoBoost 400 is broadcast live on TV and radio to 175 countries and into 24 languages. The 2011 championship attracted ESPN Television’s largest NASCAR Sprint Cup viewership ever with a peak audience of 10.5 million when the checkered flag fell. Homestead-Miami Speedway, featuring a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course, generates more than $250 million annually for the region. For more information, visit homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

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