Dec 19 | ARCA Racing Begins Two-Day Test

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A section of the Oldfield Grandstands will be open free to the public with access available through the lobby of the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.

ARCA

Approximately 40 drivers took to the 2.5-mile tri-oval on the first day of a two-day ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards test session in advance of the 52nd annual Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAV TV American Real on Saturday, Feb. 14, part of Budweiser Speedweeks 2015. 

Fastest on the first day of testing was Patrick Staropoli in a Ford at 188.344 mph followed by eight-time Lucas Oil 200 champion Bobby Gerhart at 187.196 and Leilani Munter at 187.188. For complete times, visit www.arcaracing.com  

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell, who finished third in the 2014 Lucas Oil 200, was seventh fastest in the afternoon session at 185.962 in a Ken Schrader Racing Chevrolet. 

ARCA testing concludes on Saturday.

Dec 19 | Sunoco Whelen Challenge Winner Phil Keen Takes First Laps at Daytona International Speedway

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Keen, a 31-year-old racer from the United Kingdom, was the winner of the 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge and earned a driver’s seat for the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25.

Phil Keen

Radical SR3 Challenge champion Phil Keen got his first taste of the twists and turns of Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday during testing for the 53rd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Keen, a 31-year-old racer from the United Kingdom, was the winner of the 2015 Sunoco Whelen Challenge and earned a driver’s seat for the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25. Keen will join Max Papis, Eric Curran and Dane Cameron in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette DP fielded by Action Express Racing, a team that has won the Rolex 24 in 2010 and 2014.

Action Express Racing was among a handful of teams on Tuesday wrapping up a two-day test of the Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course in advance of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season opener and Keen had the opportunity to spend significant track time wheeling the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.

“It’s an awesome place, an awesome track,” Keen said. “I’m really looking forward to the (Rolex) 24 hour. I’ve always wanted to come to America to race and I’m lucky to have the chance to do it.”

 

Phil Keen 

Tickets for the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Roar Before The Rolex 24, the three-day test session scheduled for January 9-11, can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.imsa.com and go on Twitter at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (@UnitedSportsCar). Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Dec 19 | Kid Rock to Headline the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show

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Kid Rock will perform several of his hits, including his brand new single “First Kiss,” on pit road of the “World Center of Racing” prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500, the prestigious season-opening event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Kid Rock

Multi-platinum award-winning, American rock star Kid Rock will perform the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show, the prelude to the 57th annual “Great American Race” on Sunday, Feb. 22 (1 p.m. – FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM Radio.)

Kid Rock will perform several of his hits, including his brand new single “First Kiss,” on pit road of the “World Center of Racing” prior to the start of the DAYTONA 500, the prestigious season-opening event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. All race fans that purchase a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access pass for the DAYTONA 500 can enjoy Kid Rock’s DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show up close, along with driver introductions.

“We’re thrilled to have Kid Rock entertain the thousands of race fans in attendance and the millions more watching on FOX,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Kid Rock is an avid NASCAR fan and will provide race fans with a spectacular performance leading up to the start of the much anticipated DAYTONA 500.

Following his performance, Kid Rock will release his latest studio album First Kiss on Tuesday, Feb. 24.  Fans can pre-order the album now at participating retailers and at KidRock.com.  Kid Rock, whose musical style ranges from hip hop and rock to heavy metal and country, has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide.

Kid Rock joins a long list of past performers of the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show including Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Bon Jovi.

In addition to his concert, a special ticket package designed around Kid Rock has been created that includes a DAYTONA 500 grandstand ticket, Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access and VIP area access to Kid Rock’s performance.  Packages start at $169. Fans who have already purchased DAYTONA 500 tickets can add Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access along with VIP area access for just $104.

For more information on tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

For more information on Kid Rock, visit www.kidrock.com.

Dec 17 | Southern Oregon University, Marian University (Ind.) Visit ‘World Center of Racing’

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The national championship game between Marian University (Ind.) and Southern Oregon University is scheduled for Friday, 3 p.m. at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium (TV – ESPNU).

NAIA Press Conference

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the City of Daytona Beach and the Daytona International Speedway hosted the annual NAIA Football National Championship Press Conference and Team Challenge on Wednesday morning.

The head coach and team captains of Marian University (Ind.) and Southern Oregon University participated in the press conference and teams took tours of the “World Center of Racing” and enjoyed “hot laps” around the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval in pace cars.

Prior to a luncheon in the DAYTONA 500 Club, the quarterbacks, Southern Oregon University’s Austin Dodge and Marian University’s Hayden Northern, participated in a quarterback challenge where they tossed footballs from the flagstand to targets located in the tri-oval grass.

The national championship game between Marian University (Ind.) and Southern Oregon University is scheduled for Friday, 3 p.m. at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium (TV – ESPNU).

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NAIA Press Conference

Dec 16 | UNOH Named Official Educational Partner of Daytona International Speedway

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Ohio-Based School is Home to the Nation’s First Motorsports Degree Program

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Daytona International Speedway (DIS) today announced a new partnership with the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) naming the school the Official Educational Partner at the “World Center of Racing.”  UNOH invented the first high-performance degree program in the country and in 2006, opened the largest U.S. facility dedicated to learning the science of high-performance vehicles – a seven-acre, 70,000-square foot high performance motorsports complex.

The partnership with DIS provides UNOH with on-site marketing presence including event signage, display space, tickets and hospitality. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We’re excited to grow our relationship with the University of Northwestern Ohio with this new partnership,” Track President Joie Chitwood III said. “UNOH is widely recognized throughout the country for their motorsports degree program and we’re looking forward to working with them on a number of new initiatives.”

“Everyone at the University of Northwestern Ohio is very excited and proud to continue our relationship with Daytona International Speedway as their ‘Official Educational Partner,’ ” said Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis, President of UNOH.  “This partnership allows UNOH to reach out to the young men and women whose passion is high performance motorsports, and also provides the racing industry with highly skilled employees who graduate from UNOH.”

In 1992, UNOH invented the first high-performance degree program in the country and has since been training students with the latest technology available in the industry. Students receive first-hand motorsports mechanical training.

Tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 as well as other Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.


About Daytona International Speedway

Known as the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway has activity nearly every day of the year hosting stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and karts.  Daytona International Speedway has at least eight major race weekends a year with premier events such as the DAYTONA 500, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Independence Day holiday weekend, the Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car event, the Daytona Supercross and the Daytona 200 motorcycle classic. In addition, Daytona International Speedway showcases daily track tours and is home to the winning DAYTONA 500 car.


About UNOH

The University of Northwestern Ohio, located in Lima, Ohio, is an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, university founded in 1920. The University’s High Performance program provides extensive training in welding and fabrication, engine machining, custom engine building, steering and suspension, drive lines, accessories trends, fuels, electronics, and ignitions.  UNOH’s High Performance Motorsports Complex is the only one of its kind in the world.  Inside you’ll find cutting-edge technology and equipment. UNOH is the only university to own a racetrack, Limaland Motorsports Park, and offer athletic scholarships for Motorsports.  Students can join the Technical Support Team and work with one of Limaland’s weekly racing teams or be a part of one of the UNOH student race teams that build, crew and drive the cars they race in every Friday night during race season.    

UNOH offers five colleges within the university: College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, College of Applied Technologies, and Graduate College.   UNOH offers more than 60 different programs of study including Master’s, Baccalaureate, Associate, and Diploma programs.  UNOH has educated students from all 50 states and 32 foreign countries, and currently has more than 4,500 students enrolled from 40 states and 28 foreign countries.

Dec 15 | Expanded 2015 Sprint Unlimited Field to Feature Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers

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Former Daytona 500 pole winners also added to season-opening showcase at Daytona

Sprint Unlimited

Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced today all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field of drivers based on new eligibility requirements.

A minimum of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are eligible to participate in the Sprint Unlimited at DIS.  In addition to the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants, the field also will include 2014 Pole Award winners, as well as former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2014. Any remaining spots will be filled by drivers highest in 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship points who are not already eligible.

“The 2015 Sprint Unlimited has potential to be one of the most competitive ever,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “With more drivers eligible, the intensity level increases for our fans and competitors, making for a compelling start to the 2015 season.”
 
The 2015 eligible participants include:

  • Kyle Busch (2014 pole winner)
  • Austin Dillon (2014 pole winner)
  • Jeff Gordon (2014 pole winner)
  • David Gilliland (2014 pole winner)
  • Denny Hamlin (2014 pole winner)
  • Kevin Harvick (2014 pole winner)
  • Jimmie Johnson (2014 pole winner)
  • Matt Kenseth (2014 pole winner)
  • Brad Keselowski (2014 pole winner)
  • Kyle Larson (2014 pole winner)
  • Joey Logano (2014 pole winner)
  • Jamie McMurray (2014 pole winner)
  • Brian Scott (2014 pole winner)
  • Tony Stewart (2014 pole winner)
  • Brian Vickers* (2014 pole winner)
  • Kurt Busch (former Sprint Unlimited winner)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (former Sprint Unlimited winner)
  • Carl Edwards (former D500 pole winner)
  • Danica Patrick (former D500 pole winner)
  • Greg Biffle (former D500 pole winner)
  • Martin Truex Jr. (former D500 pole winner)
  • Ryan Newman (2014 Chase driver)
  • AJ Allmendinger (2014 Chase driver)
  • Kasey Kahne (2014 Chase driver)
  • Aric Almirola (2014 Chase driver)

(* – Michael Waltrip Racing today announced that Brian Vickers will not be available to race during the early part of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues.) 

Tickets for the Sprint Unlimited are available online at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can follow @NASCAR and @MissSprintCup on Twitter to engage in the #SprintUnlimited conversation.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company dedicated to delivering the best value in wireless. Sprint served 55 million customers as of September 30, 2014 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the last four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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