This is the first in a four-part series celebrating 10 years of lights at Daytona International Speedway. The first part looks behind the numbers at the lights while the remaining three parts will look back on the last daytime running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, the first nighttime race and the racing legends’ thoughts on lights at DIS.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 10, 2008)
-- Ten years ago, Daytona International Speedway saw the light.
“The World Center of Racing” employed Musco Lighting of Muscatine, Iowa to transform the 2.5-mile motorsports mecca into the largest lighted sports complex in the America.
With 1,932 light fixtures, 202 outer perimeter poles ranging from 70 to 110 feet, 150 miles of wire and 800 tons of concrete, Daytona International Speedway moved the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Sprint Cup Series event from its traditionally late-morning start to a nighttime event.
Moving the 160-lap, 400-mile Independence Day holiday weekend event to under the lights elevated the event to a new level of excitement.
Here’s a look at some of the unique numbers about the Daytona International Speedway lighting system, which hosted its first nighttime running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Oct. 17, 1998:
n 1,500 and 2,000 watt metal halide
n 3.5-million watts of power per hour
n 2,600 square feet of mirrors
n 100 footcandles
n 3.6 billion candlepower
n 350 million lumens of light
n 430 infield and pit road light poles
n Lighting Daytona International Speedway is equivalent to the power needed to light 24,285 blocks of standard residential street lighting.
n Lighting Daytona International Speedway is equivalent to lighting a residential street running from Daytona Beach to Musco Lighting headquarters in Muscatine, Iowa
n The lighting of Daytona’s Superstretch alongside Lake Lloyd required the development of a fixture that is 116 times brighter than the high beam headlights of a passenger car.
In addition to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, other nighttime events hosted by Daytona International Speedway include the Winn Dixie 250 Powered By Coca-Cola Nationwide Series race and the Budweiser Shootout and the Chevy Silverado 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race during DIRECTV Speedweeks.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Brumos Porsche 250, the Daytona Supercross By Honda and the 8 Hours At Daytona SunTrust MOTO-ST Series race also utilized a portion/percentage of the lighting system.
Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola are available online at www.racetickets.com
or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.