May 26 | Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Perpetual Trophy Takes Rare Trip To Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum

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The Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Perpetual trophy rarely voyages from its home inside the Daytona 500 Experience. But last Friday, the trophy which honors every winner of the Daytona 500 left on a trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway where it arrived on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

Harley J Earl

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 Perpetual trophy rarely voyages from its home inside the Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction at Daytona International Speedway.

Last Friday, the trophy which honors every winner of the Daytona 500 – the most prestigious event in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – left on a rare trip to Indianapolis Motor Speedway where it arrived on Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum.

The trophy, which weighs more than 100 pounds, will be on display at the Museum through Monday, May 31, side-by-side with the famed Borg-Warner Trophy, which honors every winner of the Indianapolis 500 – the most prestigious event in open-wheel racing.

Only two car owners, both who whom have entries in the upcoming Indianapolis 500 on Sunday May 30, can say they share unique bond with the Harley J. Earl and the Borg-Warner Trophy.

Chip Ganassi and Roger Penske have the distinction of being the only two owners to have captured both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

Penske won the 50th running of the Daytona 500 in 2008 with driver Ryan Newman. Earlier this year, Ganassi was victorious in the 52nd annual Daytona 500 with driver Jamie McMurray.

No owner has ever accomplished the feat of winning both races in the same year.

“We’re excited to take part in this unique opportunity to display two of the biggest and most significant trophies in motorsports,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “The history behind these two trophies is legendary and they represent two of America’s most spectacular races.”

UPS, the official delivery & logistics company of Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona 500, is providing the transportation of the Harley J. Earl trophy from Daytona Beach, Fla., to Indianapolis and then back to the “World of the Racing.”

About Daytona 500 Experience
The Daytona 500 Experience, “The Official Attraction of NASCAR,” is a 60,000-square foot motorsports attraction open year-round and is home to the winning Daytona 500 car as well as three different racing simulators and the 16-Second Pit Stop Challenge. Adult admission is $24.99 plus tax, seniors and children 6-12 are $19.99 plus tax and children under 6 are free. For more information on Daytona 500 Experience, visit www.daytona500experience.com or call (386) 681-6530. For tickets to any Daytona International Speedway events, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

About the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum is open 363 days a year (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from March through October and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from November through February. Extended hours are featured during May activities. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-15, and children under age 6 are admitted free. For more information, contact the museum welcome desk at (317) 492-6784.

May 26 | How to access the Sprint FANZONE?

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How to access the Sprint FANZONE?

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Have Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Passes? Here are some helpful tips on accessing this unique experience inside Daytona’s infield.

Turn 1 Tram Plaza
The ideal way to access Sprint FANZONE is through the Turn 1 Tram Plaza, located outside Gate 22 behind Lockhart and Keech grandstands. The Sprint FANZONE tram at this Plaza provides a direct route to and from the Sprint FANZONE daily.

From Turn 4 Area
Guests near the Turn 4 tunnel access Sprint FANZONE by walking through the Turn 4 tunnel. Once through the tunnel, you will find an Infield Shuttle Bus pick-up/drop-off location on the right by the Information Booth. Board the Shuttle and exit at the Sprint FANZONE stop.

Pre-Race Crossover Gate Access
During specific times each race day, the crossover gates located along the frotnstretch grandstands will open to allow access across the track to pit road, pre-race activities and Sprint FANZONE. Crossover gate times are subject tot change based on weather and track schedule.

Coke Zero 400 crossover gate open times:
Friday, July 2
7:05 p.m.  – 7:30 p.m.  Crossover gates B-F will be open for Subway Jalapeno 250 pre-race & Sprint FANZONE access. Gates become exit from the infield only at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 3
10:10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Crossover gate D, located on the Turn 1 side of the flagstand, will be open for Brumos Porsche 250 pre-race.
4:30 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m.  All crossover gates will be open for Coke Zero 400 pre-race & Sprint FANZONE access. Gates become exit from the infield only at 7 p.m.

May 24 | Darius Rucker To Perform Pre-Race Concert And National Anthem For Coke Zero 400

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Capitol Records Nashville’s Darius Rucker will perform a pre-race concert as well as the National Anthem for the 52nd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 3.

Darius Rucker

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Capitol Records Nashville’s Darius Rucker will perform a pre-race concert as well as the National Anthem for the 52nd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 3.

All race fans that purchase the Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Pass along with a race ticket for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be able to view  the 60-minute Darius Rucker Concert presented by LongHorn Steakhouse as well as the driver introductions from the grass tri-oval in the heart of Daytona International Speedway.

“We’re excited to welcome back Darius Rucker to Daytona International Speedway,” track president Robin Braig. “Darius is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable voices in country music and we’re looking forward to both his pre-race concert as well as his rendition of the National Anthem.”

It will be Rucker’s third appearance at Daytona. He performed at the “World Center of Racing” as the leader singer of the Grammy-winning group “Hootie and the Blowfish” at the Dale Earnhardt Tribute Concert and returned for a solo appearance at the 2002 mid-summer classic.

Rucker, a native of Charleston, S.C., kicked off his solo career in country music in 2008 with the platinum selling album “Learn To Love,” which produced No. 1 hit singles “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” “Alright” and the Top 5 “History In The Making.” A native of Charleston, S.C., Rucker garnered the Country Music Association’s Best New Artist Award in 2009.

In addition to the Darius Rucker Concert presented by LongHorn Steakhouse and National Anthem, a special ticket package has been designed around Rucker and includes a Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola race ticket, a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Pass and VIP area access to Rucker’s performance. The exclusive ticket package created around Rucker starts at $110.

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The 52nd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola will be the final race on the current asphalt of Daytona International Speedway. Following the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, the entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved for only the second time in its history.

For tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
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May 21 | France Sr., France Jr., Earnhardt, Petty And Johnson Set For Induction To The NASCAR Hall Of Fame

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Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr. are part of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame that will be officially inducted on Sunday along with Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson and Richard Petty.

Bill France Sr and Bill France Jr

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bill France Sr. and Bill France Jr. are part of the inaugural class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame that will be officially inducted on Sunday along with Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson and Richard Petty.

All five inductees boast strong ties to Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR’s most prestigious track and home to the Daytona 500.

Here's a closer look at the Class of 2010:

Bill France Sr.

Called "Big Bill," only partly because of his 6-foot-5 stature, France spearheaded NASCAR from its beginning and directed it to its present status as the world’s largest stock-car racing organization. In 1936, he helped lay out the first beach/road course in Daytona Beach; in the first race on the course he finished fifth. Starting in 1938, he helped promote races on the sands of Daytona Beach. In 1947, France became the driving force behind the establishment of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. NASCAR, it was called, resulting from a famous meeting at the Streamline Hotel on State Road A1A in Daytona Beach – a structure that stands to this day, as a racing landmark. "Big Bill" France passed away in June 1992. He left behind a lasting legacy.

Bill France Jr.

William Clifton France is remembered – and revered – as the man who followed his visionary father at NASCAR’s helm, in the process becoming a visionary himself, as he guided NASCAR to unprecedented levels of popularity.

France became NASCAR’s president in January 1972, replacing his father and becoming only the second president of the world’s largest auto racing sanctioning body. His emergence coincided with the sport’s emergence, and its eventual ascent to become America’s No. 1 form of motorsports and the nation’s second-most popular sport overall.

France, often referred to as "Bill Jr.," remained president until November 2000. At that time, France announced the formation of a NASCAR Board of Directors on which he served as chairman and CEO until October 2003 when he was replaced by his son, Brian Z. France. After that, he continued to serve the sport for the remainder of his life as NASCAR Vice Chairman.


Dale Earnhardt

Earnhardt co-holds the record for most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships (seven) with Richard Petty. In only his second full season, 1980, Earnhardt nabbed his first championship. He won consecutive titles on three separate occasions (1986-87, ’90-91 and ’93-94). Earnhardt’s 76 victories rank seventh all-time.

He is the all-time leader in race victories at Daytona International Speedway with 34, though the most prominent of them was a while in the making.

In 1998, Earnhardt won his most coveted race – the Daytona 500. The scene was a memorable one, forever etched in the minds of race fans. As Earnhardt’s black No. 3 rolled down pit road, a Daytona 500 winner at last, every crew member from every team lined up to congratulate one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history.

Junior Johnson

Robert Glenn "Junior" Johnson is unique in NASCAR history, with tremendous success both as a driver and a car owner.

Johnson won the second annual Daytona 500 in 1960 and in the process, became credited with the discovery of "drafting" on the massive superspeedways. He won 50 races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series then surprised many people by retiring from driving to become an owner. As an owner, Johnson never missed a beat; through the years, his drivers won 132 races. There also were six series championships produced with Cale Yarborough (1976-78) and Darrell Waltrip (1981-82, ’85).

Named one of NASCAR’s "50 Greatest Drivers" in 1998, Johnson resides in Wilkesboro, N.C., and remains one of the sport’s most enduring – and endearing – personalities, at the age of 78.

Richard Petty

Known as "the King", Richard Petty’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series records are staggering: Most wins (200), most poles (123), tied for most championships (seven), most wins in a season (27), most Daytona 500 wins (seven), most consecutive wins (10) and most starts (1,185).

Petty’s success continued even after his retirement from driving in 1992. He would still hold the top spot in the family business – Petty Enterprises, and now, Richard Petty Motorsports. In all, Petty Enterprises totaled 268 victories before merging with Gillett Evernham Motorsports for the 2009 season to become Richard Petty Motorsports.

“Daytona International Speedway is proud to have a strong tie to each honoree in the inaugural Hall of Fame class,” Track President Robin Braig said. “Each individual from the inaugural class made a significant and long-lasting impact on the history and success at Daytona International Speedway.”

May 21 | Bank Of America, The NASCAR Foundation And Rusty Wallace Host 100 Local Students At DIS

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Bank Of America, The NASCAR Foundation and Rusty Wallace hosted 100 local students at DIS as part of Bank of America Students at the Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 21, 2010) – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – also known as STEM – are as critical to the success of NASCAR as tires, an engine, fuel and a steering column. To demonstrate the importance of learning about STEM in school, Bank of America and The NASCAR Foundation hosted 100 local middle school students today at Daytona International Speedway for the “Bank of America Students at the Speedway” program to help celebrate NASCAR Day, the sport’s annual charitable celebration that benefits children across the nation. As the centerpiece of the program, NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace and Bank of America East Central Florida Market President Sam Willett will lead the students in a racing-themed interactive game focused on Math.

Students from David C. Hinson Senior Middle, Indian Trail Middle, Buddy Taylor Middle and Campbell Middle participated in a variety of activities designed to demonstrate the critical role that STEM plays in the sport of NASCAR, while exposing them to the kinds of exciting careers they can pursue by concentrating on these important subjects. The program is an natural extension of the bank’s support of education. Bank of America invested over $20 million in 2009 for academic achievement, dropout prevention and mentoring programs.

“Teachable moments don’t always come within the confines of the classroom,” said Sam Willett, East Central Florida Market President for Bank of America. “It’s our hope that through what students learn about STEM during Bank of America’s Students at the Speedway will encourage these kids and provide a practical application of how science, technology, engineering and math can impact their future.”

Bank of America, The NASCAR Foundation, Daytona International Speedway and a team of engineer-educators from Ten80 Education organized the event activities for students which include: 

• “Bank of America STEM 500,” a racing-themed interactive game demonstrating how Math is applied to the daily operations and finances of a race team; Bank of America associates will assist the students
• Tour of the track/infield to showcasing how STEM to track banking, refueling strategies, drive lines, etc.
• A variety of stations including the FastTrack RC National STEM League in which students authentically apply STEM to optimize performance of remote-control cars just like motorsports professionals
• Students will also receive a ticket for the Coke Zero 400 on July 3 at Daytona International Speedway

Additionally, Ten80 Education will provide professional development to 20 middle school teachers so they can effectively bring race-themed STEM education back to the classroom. Schools will also receive STEM curriculum kits and the FastTrack RC program so the initiative can extend to all students at each of the four schools.

“Volusia County Schools is thrilled to be part of NASCAR Day 2010 and how it will give middle school students an opportunity to gain an understanding of STEM and how it’s critical to the motorsports industry.  We appreciate the sponsorship of this event and look forward to incorporating the donated FastTrack RC Kits and other STEM materials into our curriculum,” said Margaret Bambrick, mathematics specialist, Volusia County Schools.

NASCAR Day is an annual charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables fans and corporate partners to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. The Daytona Beach project is one of five keystone events taking place today aimed at helping children live happier, healthier lives. The “Big Five” projects include: partnering with Bank of America for a racing-themed educational initiative at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.; renovation and race theme decoration of a portion of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service in Atlanta, Ga,; working with Sprint, Inc. for a playground build at the Kansas City Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City, Mo.; A Place for Hope project outside Charlotte, N.C. and a fundraiser at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. to support Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.

For more information please visit the website at WWW.NASCAR.COM/NASCARDay.

May 19 | Historic Two-Day NASCAR Nationwide Series Test Wraps Up

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More than 20 drivers wrapped up a two-day test session with the new car for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, which will make its competition debut at the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola.

Drafting

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., – NASCAR Nationwide Series teams wrapped up a historic two-day test with the new car on Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.

For the past two days, more than 20 drivers have been shaking down the new car, which will make its competition debut in the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola on Friday night, July 2, part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola.

Joining the test on Wednesday was Roush Fenway’s Carl Edwards and Joe Gibbs Racing’s Joey Logano, who topped the morning speed chart with a speed of 186.227 mph in the No. 20 Toyota.

During the lunch break, Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Ford Mustang, talked about the challenges in finding the right setup on the new car.

“If we can get the cars tuned a little better, if we can spend the rest of today getting the balance better and then maybe that test day or that practice day on Wednesday before we come and work on the cars a little more, hopefully they'll be a little bit more predictable,” Edwards said. “But right now it's wild. Brendan Gaughan and I were talking, it's like the 2003 Truck race when it was my first one, and they're just a handful. So it's going to be pretty exciting.”

Diamond Waltrip Racing’s Trevor Bayne’s test session experienced a setback on Tuesday with an engine fire on his No. 99 Toyota Camry. But the team has gotten the car back on track and he echoed Edwards’ comments in regards on the handling.

“We missed out on a lot of practice time yesterday in the draft, so we kind of started at square one today where everybody else had already had laps and kind of dialed their cars in,” Bayne said. “I heard all the drivers in the garage, even Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards, saying things are loose, so I'm like, ‘All right, they must be pretty loose’ and I got out there and saw for myself, and they are sideways.

“So we've been working on it. I think we're a couple steps behind just because we didn't get that practice yesterday, but we're dialing it in pretty good now.”

Teams experienced the Daytona draft in Wednesday’s afternoon session with an 18 to 20 car pack.

“This afternoon, most of the teams came out to do a large drafting run,” said Joe Balash, NASCAR Nationwide Series director.  “We had most of the cars that were here go out and take turns leading the pack, running the inside lane and outside lane, trying to work their way up through the field. I think we’ve got a lot of adjustments left in the car. We had differing comments from the drivers as I’ve walked through the garage and talked to them. To some drivers, the cars are loose and to some they were tight during the drafting session.  I think we’re headed in the right direction with everything that we’ve got going on in the test session. We’ll be ready when we get back down here in July.”

Fastest in the afternoon session was Reed Sorenson in the No. 32 Toyota at a speed of 187.817 mph. Rounding out the top five were Kevin Harvick (186.928), Mike Wallace (186.170), Bayne (186.035) and Kyle Busch (186.027).

For tickets to the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola or any of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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