Past Daytona 500 Champions Taking Part In Historic Weekend Activities

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2008) – As if there wasn’t enough to do and see during DIRECTV Speedweeks at historic Daytona International Speedway, DIS is now proud to welcome all 24 winning Daytona 500 Champions to the “The World Center of Racing” to help celebrate the historic 50th running of “The Great American Race” on Sunday, Feb. 17
 
Throughout the DIRECTV Speedweeks, race fans between Feb. 14-17 will have the opportunity to see their favorite past Daytona 500 champions at special events taking place on Speedway property. Visit www.racetickets.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP to purchase tickets for the following events (which are subject to change):
 
“To have all 24 living past Daytona 500 Champions on site during our historic celebration is something we’re proud to have accomplished,” said Speedway President Robin Braig. “We're honored to host 24 Legends who have made their mark on DIS and NASCAR.”
 
Thursday, Feb. 14, Daytona 500 Experience, 11 am – Noon
Daytona 500 Champions Darrell Waltrip and Richard Petty will cement their place in history by placing their right footprint and handprint in a 3x3 cement block to be placed in the Daytona 500 Champions Walk of Fame.
 
Thursday, Feb 14, Past Daytona 500 Champion Display (Location To Be Determined), Noon – 12:30 pm
Past Daytona 500 Champions Bobby Allison and Junior Johnson
 
Thursday, Feb 14, Sprint FANZONE Fan Forum, 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Past Daytona 500 Champions Buddy Baker, Darrell Waltrip and Junior Johnson will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Sprint FANZONE inside Daytona’s historic infield.
 
Friday, Feb 15, Sprint FANZONE Fan Forum, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Past Daytona 500 Champions Bobby Allison, Kevin Harvick and Pete Hamilton will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Sprint FANZONE inside Daytona’s historic infield.
 
Friday, Feb 15, Daytona 500 Champions Autograph Signing, Sprint FANZONE, 1:00 pm
Bobby Allison, Buddy Baker, David Pearson, Geoff Bodine, Junior Johnson, Marvin Panch and Pete Hamilton
 
Saturday, Feb 16, Past Daytona 500 Champion Display (Location To Be Determined), 10 – 10:30 am
Past Daytona 500 Champions Sterling Marlin and Marvin Panch
 
Saturday, Feb 16, Sprint FANZONE Fan Forum, 11:30 am – 12 pm
Past Daytona 500 Champions Ernie Irvan and Marvin Panch will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Sprint FANZONE inside Daytona’s

historic infield.
 
Saturday, Feb. 16, Party Zone hospitality tent, 11:30 am
Bobby Allison and Ernie Irvan will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Party Zone hospitality tent.
 
Saturday, Feb. 16, Daytona Club, 11:30 am
Past Daytona 500 Champions Junior Johnson and Buddy Baker will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Daytona Club hospitality tent.
 
Saturday, Feb. 16, Daytona 500 Club, 11:30 am
Past Daytona 500 Champions Cale Yarborough and David Pearson will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Daytona 500 Club.
 
Saturday, Feb 16, Sprint FANZONE Fan Forum, 12 – 12:30 pm
Past Daytona 500 Champions Derrike Cope and Ward Burton will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Sprint FANZONE inside Daytona’s historic infield.
 
Sunday, Feb. 17, Green Flag Club, 11:30 am
Buddy Baker, Ernie Irvan and Marvin Panch will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Green Flag Club.
 
Sunday, Feb. 17, Superstretch Terrace Club, 11:30 am
Split between two different hospitality tents, Bobby Allison, David Pearson, Junior Johnson and Ward Burton will take your questions in an informal question & answer sessions.
 
Sunday, Feb. 17, Daytona Club, 11:30 am
A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and Pete Hamilton will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Daytona Club hospitality tent.
 
Sunday, Feb 17, Sprint FANZONE Fan Forum, 12 – 12:30 pm

Past Daytona 500 Champions A.J. Foyt, Cale Yarborough, Mario Andretti and Geoff Bodine will take your questions in an informal question & answer session in the Sprint FANZONE inside Daytona’s historic infield.

Throughout the weekend at Daytona 500 Experience:

·                      Suzanne Altamare, sand sculpture artist, will craft a commemorative sand sculpture of the 50 years of racing in at Daytona, Feb. 7 through Feb. 17.
·                      The Attraction will host one of several Past Champions Car

Displays

·                      Addition of new Walk of Fame inside Daytona 500 Experience which will include all Daytona 500 Champions up to 1996.

 

Following the historic 50th Running of the Daytona 500, Daytona 500 Experience will be the site of an after party and the next morning, the Champions breakfast: 

o         RAGU PRESENTS THE DAYTONA 500 AFTER PARTY
The Daytona 500 After Party, which will begin immediately following the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 17 and costs $40, includes attraction admission, food and complimentary beverages, cash bar, live entertainment and complimentary shuttle service to Daytona International Speedway parking areas.
o         BANQUET BROWN N SERVE CHAMPIONS BREAKFAST
The Champion's Breakfast, which is scheduled for Monday morning, Feb. 18, costs $40 and includes admission into the historic Daytona 500 car induction festivities, buffet breakfast, commemorative ticket and special gift. A combination ticket that includes both parties is available
 
 Tickets for all events at historic Daytona International Speedway can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or by visiting www.racetickets.com
Tickets? Questions? Call 1-800-PIT-SHOP

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