A documentary on NASCAR wouldn't be complete without a visit to historic Daytona International Speedway.
ESPN, one of the nation's top sports entertainment networks, made a stop at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday to conduct filming and interviews that will be used for an upcoming eight-part, 10-hour documentary series on NASCAR.
A production crew shooting for ESPN sat down for interviews with International Speedway Corporation Chairman and NASCAR Vice Chairman Bill France, ISC President Lesa France Kennedy and NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter and did some filming inside "The World Center of Racing."
The documentary series will touch on every aspect of NASCAR and is slated to air in July, 2007 when NASCAR returns to ESPN.
Daytona International Speedway, which first opened in 1959, will be part of the first two-hour segment that features the explosion of NASCAR. The history of Daytona International Speedway will be covered as well as evolution of racing from the sandy beaches to the 31-degree high banks at the "World Center of Racing."
"We're honored to have Daytona International Speedway as one of the backdrops for this documentary series," Track President Robin Braig said. "Daytona International Speedway is the premier facility on the NASCAR schedule and is the host of NASCAR's signature event - the Daytona 500. It's history and prestige are certainly part of the reason that NASCAR has grown in popularity over the years."
NASCAR will next return to Daytona International Speedway for Speedweeks 2007. Tickets for all the events surrounding Speedweeks 2007 including the 49th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 18, are available online at www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.