Bill to Turn Speedway Into Cemetery Dead

Ashes won't be spread at Homestead-Miami Speedway

By Todd Wright
|  Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011  |  Updated 5:45 PM EDT
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Bill to Turn Speedway Into Cemetery Dead

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Drivers are safe to go around the track without hitting human remains.

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South Floridians will have to take the slow lane to the afterlife after legislators killed a bill that would have turned Homestead-Miami Speedway into a burial ground.

The proposal would have made it legal for people who wanted their need for speed to continue after they died to have their ashes spread at race tracks like Daytona International Speedway and Homestead.

While a nice perk for diehard racing fans, the bill was viewed as creepy by some politicians.

Who really wants the vision of cars flying around the track at 200-plus miles per hour while driving over human remains? That can't be good for a racecar driver karma.

The Senate Committee on Regulated Industries rejected the bill Wednesday.

The state House companion bill had already passed two committees and was scheduled for its third and final committee hearing Thursday.

Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs, a Democrat in Delray Beach, said although she's a fan of racing, she didn't want the speedways to turn into a "partial cemetery."

The legislation would have allowed the racetracks to build a structure known as a columbarium to house the urns.

Well, at least Homestead won't turn into a highway to hell.

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