Daytona International Speedway and OneBlood, through the support of the Central Florida community, collected 523 units of blood during the 11th annual 9/11 "Drive to Donate" Blood Drive on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the "World Center of Racing."
The event, which was held at the DAYTONA 500 Club in the Speedway’s infield, is one of the longest running and most successful blood drives in the state and received promotional support from Orlando NBC television affiliate WESH Channel 2.
"Drive to Donate" started as a tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 and serves each year as a way to honor and remember those affected by 9/11. Over the past 11 years, 5,303 units of blood have been collected. With one blood donation capable of saving three lives, almost 16,000 people have benefited from the partnership between the Speedway and OneBlood.
Each guest that participated in the event received a voucher for a free general admission stadium ticket to the 2017 Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR XFINITY Series race and a special edition T-shirt. Since over 500 units of blood were collected, each donor was also entered to win a DAYTONA 500 Club package for two for the 2017 DAYTONA 500.
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Daytona International Speedway recently completed a $400 million frontstretch renovation project that transformed the "World Center of Racing" into the world’s only motorsports stadium. Improvements included wider, more comfortable seats, five expanded and redesigned entrances, 40 escalators and upgraded amenities throughout the 11 football-field size neighborhoods. The new stadium was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year. Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. New to the calendar for 2016 are the Country 500 music festival on Memorial Day Weekend and the Ferrari World Finals on Dec. 1-4. In addition to at least eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.
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