DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Commenting on Jimmie Johnson’s unprecedented fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said:
“NASCAR fans witnessed a historic and thrilling Chase for the Sprint Cup ending with Jimmie Johnson capturing his fifth consecutive championship. Congratulations to the 48 team and the entire Hendrick Motorsports organization on this tremendous achievement. They’ve joined the ranks of sport’s most elite dynasties.
“In just 90 short days, Jimmie and his crew chief Chad Knaus will launch their campaign for a sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title when they take the green flag to start the 53rd Daytona 500. With a freshly paved racing surface, every team will be working hard to earn bragging rights as the first Daytona 500 Champion on the new surface. We look forward to a thrilling Speedweeks in 2011.”
Two test sessions have been scheduled for January – the Roar Before The Rolex 24 on Jan. 7-9 and NASCAR Preseason Thunder with the Sprint Cup Series tams on Jan. 20-22.
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.
For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.