Week 21, 22 Daytona Repave update: Final layer of asphalt put down on pit road
The paving crew from Lane Construction puts down the wearing course at the exit to pit road.
During the 22nd week of the Daytona Repave project, paving of the wearing course – the final layer of asphalt – is taking place on pit road, pit exit and the tie ins to the road course.
The track received two special visitors this week – NASCAR and sports car driver Max Papis and the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge winner Ross Kaiser.
Other highlights from the past two weeks include:
• Reinstallation of the Musco lights in Turns 1, 2, 3 and 4 is ongoing
• Reinstallation of the catch fence in Turns 1 and 2 is ongoing
• The SAFER barrier reinstallation in Turns 1 and 2 is complete
• Paving of the asphalt in the aprons in both Turns 1, 2, 3 and 4 is ongoing
• Daytona International Speedway will host a Goodyear tire test on Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 16
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.