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Responsible Fans Rewarded at Homestead-Miami Speedway

Partnership Promoting Responsibility at Track with Budweiser and TEAM Coalition

/EIN News/ -- Homestead, FL, Nov. 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup™ came to its exciting conclusion, Budweiser and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition partnered to reward responsible fans at Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Responsibility Has Its Rewards Sweepstakes Winner at Homestead-Miami Speedway
(left to right) Dan Klenetsky, NASCAR; Chuck Laing, guest of winner; Mark Marchinke, Responsibility Has Its Rewards sweepstakes winner; Eric Dodd, NASCAR; Jared Smalley, TEAM Coalition


Before the race, 98 fans made the pledge to be a Good Sport – the designated driver for their group. All of them had the opportunity to receive a free souvenir photo, instant prizes, and a chance to be selected as the Designated Driver for the Race. One randomly selected, responsible fan will win the “Responsibility Has Its Rewards” sweepstakes grand prize, which includes two tickets and a VIP experience for two at next year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™ race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Designated Driver for the Race from last season, Mark Marchinke, received a pair of tickets and a behind-the-scenes experience before the Ford EcoBoost 400.

“Anheuser-Busch has led our industry in promoting responsible drinking for more than 30 years and Budweiser Good Sport is one of our most visible programs, which reminds fans who choose to drink, to do so responsibly and get their friends home safely,” said Bill Bradley, senior director, Corporate Social Responsibility at Anheuser-Busch. “We all share the same streets after the race. This partnership with Homestead-Miami Speedway, TEAM and the fans displays our collective responsibility to help keep our roads safe.

"The success of the Responsibility Has Its Rewards campaign is a direct result of the commitment from our members and all the designated-driver program partners, including the tracks and beer companies," said Jill Pepper, executive director of TEAM Coalition. "Teamwork is what this campaign is all about. We are demonstrating that when everyone – including the fans – takes responsibility, everyone wins."

About Homestead-Miami Speedway

The Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, the 650-acre facility is active nearly 300 days per year, and features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The track generates more than $301 million annually for the region. NASCAR has crowned its champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway for 13 straight years. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway last year consisted of Kevin Harvick (Sprint Cup Series), Chase Elliott (XFINITY Series) and Matt Crafton (Camping World Truck Series). The 2015 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 20-22.

About Anheuser-Busch

For more than three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its nationwide network of wholesalers have invested more than $1 billion in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to promote responsible drinking, prevent underage drinking and drunk driving and address college issues. For more information on these alcohol responsibility efforts and the progress being made, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

About TEAM Coalition

TEAM Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts, and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities. TEAM Coalition's members and supporters include NASCAR, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Aramark, Delaware North Sportservice, Legends, Spectra, Beer Institute, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch, Constellation Brands, HEINEKEN USA, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, Elite, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

For more information, go to www.TEAMCoalition.org, www.FansDontLetFansDriveDrunk.org or http://www.rhir.org/.

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Jill Pepper, TEAM Coalition, 703-647-7431, jill@teamcoalition.org
Neal Gulkis, Homestead-Miami Speedway, 305-230-5233, ngulkis@homesteadmiamispeedway.com

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