Workers on the historic Daytona Repave project hit pit road for the first time, but there was no pit stop for four tires and fuel.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Workers on the historic Daytona Repave project hit pit road for the first time, but there was no pit stop for four tires and fuel.
The milling of the 1,900-foot long pit road began as asphalt was removed from all the pit stalls, another notable moment as the 2010 Daytona Repave continues.
The pit stalls, which will be 18 feet wide, will be filled with concrete and then reminder of pit road will then be excavated and paved. Pit road will be widened from 52 feet to 62 feet.
Here are some of the other highlights from the sixth week of work on repaving Daytona International Speedway:
• The first three layers of asphalt have been paved on both the Frontstretch and the Superstretch
• The grading in Turn 4 is ongoing
• Turn 3 is being regraded after some recent rain.
• The grading of the extended skid pad on the backstretch is ongoingAbout 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.