DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Lane Construction is prepping the steep 31-degree high banks in Turns 1 and 2 for paving as the Daytona Repave project completed a 15th week work.
The grading of the lime rock base in Turns 1 and 2 has been ongoing for the past week. Grading of the top pass has been completed and the primer has been placed while grading of the bottom pass continues.
Once the primer has been placed on both passes, the massive Titan 525 paver will begin putting down the first of four layers of asphalt.
Other updates from the 15th week of work on repaving Daytona International Speedway include:
• Paving of the backstretch skid pad is complete with exception of the tie-in with the apron
• Installation of the under-drain system is now complete with exception of Turns 1 and 2 where paving still remains
• Crews have begun preparing to put SAFER barrier and safety fence back up in Turns 3 and 4
• Removal of the fill dirt behind the walls in Turns 3 and 4 has begun
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 can 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.