Week 18 Daytona Repave Update: Paving of the Final Layer in Turns 1 and 2
Lane Construction workers put down the final layer of asphalt on the lower pass in Turns 1 and 2 on Friday.
The paving crew from Lane Construction has put down the wearing course – the fourth and final layer of asphalt – on the top pass in Turns 1 and 2 and through the backstretch with the massive Titan 525 paver. Paving of the bottom pass began on Friday morning and continued on Saturday.
Paving of the wearing course has already been completed in Turns 3 and 4, through the tri-oval, to the entrance of Turn 1.
Other updates from the 18th week of work on repaving Daytona International Speedway include:
• The existing chicane on the backstretch has been milled and is ready to be graded and compacted.
• Paving on pit road is ongoing. The first layer of asphalt – the drainage layer – has been put down and half of pit road has been paved with the second layer of asphalt.
• Improvements to the Turn 4 twin tunnels continue. In the east tunnel, concrete for the side walk has been poured and the installation of the railing is expected next week. On the west tunnel, the new sidewalk is expected to be poured next week.
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 are also available.
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.