DAYTONA BEACH and MIAMI, Fla. – January 7, 2009 – Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway today announced a multi-year partnership with NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Florida-based FPL Group, and the nation’s largest provider of wind and solar energy. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Under terms of the agreement, NextEra Energy Resources becomes the Official Renewable Energy Provider of Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rights include entitlement of the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at DAYTONA and title sponsorship of Homestead-Miami Speedway’s SPEEDJAMTM IndyCar and Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Championship weekend.
NextEra Energy Resources will support its position through both a financial investment and a commitment for annual promotion around events at both facilities. Also as part of the arrangement, International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), parent company of both racing facilities, will purchase certain renewable energy certificates (RECs) from NextEra Energy Resources. The RECs will help fund a number of renewable energy projects, including the development of wind and solar energy plants.
“We are thrilled by the future opportunity of this unprecedented partnership,” said Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig. “Given NextEra Energy Resources’s track record of generating electricity from renewable sources for more than 20 years, we now have a strong partner to help us identify future opportunities to operate more efficiently. This relationship is part of our broader company-wide initiative to reduce the immediate impacts from our facilities and events through broad-based recycling efforts, partnerships with local governments and agencies to identify more efficient means of operation, pursuing renewable power sources, and other significant sustainability efforts.”
Homestead-Miami Speedway President Curtis Gray added: “What an opportunity it is to partner with NextEra Energy Resources in promoting renewable-energy efforts to race fans and other partners at our premier venues and events throughout the state of Florida. This agreement really demonstrates the significant value our partnerships provide to corporations looking to grow their business. Our facilities annually host the most premier events on the motorsports calendar—including the DAYTONA 500® and the crowning of an unprecedented six championships at Homestead-Miami in 2009—and in doing so draw the most passionate fans in all of sports, providing significant businesses-building opportunities all year long.”
“We believe our partnership with ISC, Daytona International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway provides us with a unique opportunity to join together with the leading promoter of motorsports in a race that has important consequences for all of us –– the race against global climate change,” said NextEra Energy Resources President and CEO Mitch Davidson. “Race fans have an incredible passion and enthusiasm for racing. We also know that many of these fans have an important passion for the environment. We look forward to leveraging this passion to help us educate others and win the most important race of our lifetime.”
DIRECTV SPEEDWEEKS® 2009 is highlighted by the season-opening 51st annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 15. Other events include the Camping World 300 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Feb. 14, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Feb. 13, the Gatorade Duel At DAYTONA qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 12, DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger on Sunday, Feb. 8 and the Budweiser Shootout and Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 on Saturday, Feb. 7. Race fans can purchase tickets by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
It’s motorsports history in 2009 as Homestead-Miami Speedway becomes the first venue ever to host all of North America’s premier motorsports championships: the IndyCar, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car and Firestone Indy Lights Series during SPEEDJAM Oct. 9-10; and NASCAR’s Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series Nov. 20-22. Visit www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE for ticket info on all six championships at Homestead-Miami Speedway—THE Championship Track.
About NextEra Energy Resources
NextEra Energy Resources is a clean energy leader and one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in North America. A subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based FPL Group (NYSE: FPL), NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the FPL Group nuclear fleet, which is the third largest in the U.S. FPL Group had 2007 revenues of more than $15 billion, approximately 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and more than 15,000 employees in 27 states and Canada. For more information, visit these Web sites: www.NextEraEnergyResources.com, www.FPLGroup.com.