DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway is being repave.
The mammonth project began on Monday, July 5 following the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola and has a targeted completion date of Jan. 1, 2011.
Daytona International Speedway's entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road. Concrete will be used for the pit stalls. All of the existing asphalt will be removed down to the original 52-year-old lime rock base, which will be leveled and then paving will begin.
Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the project:
Employees: At a minimum, there will be 30 workers and at a maximum 100.
Asphalt: 50,000 tons
Light poles: In order to pave the daunting high banks, crews will have to remove 57 light poles from the upper rim road adjacent to the wall in Turns 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Catch fence: In order to pave the high banks, crews will remove a total of 5,948 linear feet of catch fence posts, cables, and fence fabric from the exterior wall in Turns 1, 2, 3, and 4.
SAFER barrier: 8,300 linear feet of SAFER barrier will be removed before paving begins
Trucks: 50 truck loads of concrete for pit road
How much paving?: There will be about 1,435,000 square feet of paving, that is about 33 acres
The type of asphalt being used to repave Daytona International Speedway will be a a polymer modified asphalt with an elevated softening point. It’s sophisticated, high-quality asphalt that withstands the stresses of racing.
There will be no changes to Daytona International Speedway other than a new smooth racing surface. The repaving of Daytona International Speedway will remain true to Bill France Sr.’s original vision, layout and geometry of this legendary track back in the late 1950s.
Race fans will be able to view the progression of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience.
Daytona International Speedway also is posting updates on the project at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/repave and on its social sites on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISUpdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/daytonainternationalspeedway.com)
For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.