Week 16 Daytona Repave: Paving Begins In Turns 1, 2; SAFER Barrier Installation Finished In Turns 3, 4
In Turns 3 and 4, the catch fence and SAFER barriers have been reinstalled and the process of returning SAFER barriers in the tri-oval is ongoing.
Paving on the steep 31-degree high banks with the Titan 525 paver in Turns 1 and 2 also continues. The paving of the first of four layers of asphalt – the drainage layer – is complete and the second layer – the base course – has been put down on the top pass.
Other updates from the 16th week of work on repaving Daytona International Speedway include:
• Paving of the apron on the tri-oval is complete.
• Paving of the four layers of asphalt on pit road should take place in the next two weeks.
• Two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart, who drives the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing, will visit the “World Center of Racing” and view the progress of the project next Thursday. Stewart, who is tied for third on the all-time Daytona International Speedway wins list with 15 triumphs, will assist Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III in painting the start/finish line on the new racing surface.
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.
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