Speedway President, Daytona 500 Experience General Manager
Place His 3x3 Cement Block
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2007) - Kevin Harvick's signature, right footprint and handprints now have their place in history at the legendary Daytona International Speedway.
On Wednesday, Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig and The Daytona 500 Experience General Manager Kim Isemann placed the 3x3 cement block with Harvick's signature, footprint and handprints in the Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame, which is located just outside of the Official Attraction of NASCAR.
Winning drivers of the Daytona 500 since 1996, the first year of operation for The Daytona 500 Experience, have their hands, right foot and signature immortalized in cement in the Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame.
Daytona 500 champions Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Ward Burton and Michael Waltrip all have had the honor of placing their hands, right foot and signature in the famous wet cement. There is a special plaque in the Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame honoring the late Dale Earnhardt and his 1998 Daytona 500 victory.
Harvick, who won the 2007 Daytona 500 by the slim margin of .020 seconds over Mark Martin, joined that exclusive club during the recent NEXTEL Cup Series weekend in July when he did his imprints inside The Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction.
Beginning with the 50th running of the Daytona 500, the winner of "The Great American Race" will do their imprints in the cement during post-race Gatorade Victory Lane ceremonies and the cement block will then be placed in the Daytona 500 Champion's Walk of Fame during the Sprint Cup Series weekend in July.
During DIRECTV Speedweeks 2008, The Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction will debut a new exhibit honoring former Daytona 500 winners in the Goodyear Heritage of Daytona area. The exhibit will feature the cement footprints of several former Daytona 500 champions and there will be a special ceremony for more former Daytona 500 champions who have yet to make their footprints.
About Daytona 500 Experience:
The Daytona 500 Experience, the official attraction of NASCAR, is a high-energy experience designed to appeal to both hard-core race fans and casual observers. Wall-to-wall activities, challenging thrills and one-of-a-kind sights pack the Ultimate Motorsports Attraction. Included inside the attraction is the Pepsi IMAX Theatre, the 16-Second Pit Stop Challenge, three different motion simulators and the winning Daytona 500 car.
Tickets for The Daytona 500 Experience, which includes admission to the attraction as well as the Speedway tour, are $24 plus tax for adults, $19 plus tax for seniors 60 and over and children age 6-12. Children under six are free.