DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The paver crossed the start/finish line for the first time this week but work on the historic 2010 Daytona Repave project is far from finished.
The first paving took place in the historic tri-oval on Wednesday where the drainage layer was put down.
Here are some other notable achievements in the fourth week of work on the Daytona Repave:
• The second layer of asphalt on the outer pass on the Superstretch has been paved and approximately 1,400 tons of asphalt has been put down on the Superstretch
• On the Frontstretch, the second layer of asphalt has been paved on the outside pass with the drainage layer on the inside pass.
• As of Thursday, approximately 2,200 tons of asphalt has been put down on the Frontstretch
• Asphalt has been removed from Turn 3 and the grading continues
• All safety fence, SAFER barrier and lights have been removed from the high banks
• The filling of dirt behind the walls on upper rim road in Turns 1 and 2 is complete
On Monday, Aug. 2 at 9 a.m., Daytona International Speedway will offer race fans the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the 2011 Daytona 500 as well as attain a piece of asphalt.
The special offer will run through midnight Aug. 8.
Race fans that have renewed their 2011 DAYTONA 500 tickets or purchased between June 18 and Aug. 1 will also receive this offer, which is limited to one piece of asphalt per account holder.
Race fans can take advantage of this special offer by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytona500.com
About the Daytona Repave: Lane Construction, which repaved other ISC race tracks including Talladega Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway, will use an estimated 50,000 tons of asphalt to repave more than 1.4 million square feet of Daytona International Speedway and has a target completion date of Jan. 1, 2011.
Speedweeks 2011 will kick off with the 49th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race on Jan. 29-30 and conclude with the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
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) For fans interested in purchasing pieces of asphalt, they can visit www.jostens.com/Daytona
For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.