Jun 30 | DIS To Honor Six Medal of Honor Recipients During Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola

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Daytona International Speedway will be honoring six Medal of Honor recipients during Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway will pay tribute to six Medal of Honor recipients during this week’s Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway.

It’s the second straight year that the “World Center of Racing” will honor Medal of Honor recipients, a program that was first started by Bill France Sr. back in the 1970s.

The Medal of Honor recipients, all from the Vietnam War, to be honored are:

• Joe M. Jackson, retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel from Newman, Ga.
• Don Jenkins, retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant from Quality, Ky.
• Thomas Norris, retired U.S Navy Lieutenant from Jacksonville, Fla.
• Richard A. Pittman, retired U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant from French Camp, San Joaquin, Calif.
• Kenneth Stumpf, a retired U.S Army Staff Sergeant from Menasha, Wis.
• Michael Thornton, a retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer from Greenville, S.C.

All six Medal of Honor recipients will be honored during a special luncheon on Friday at the Bill France Room inside Daytona 500 Experience and will attend driver’s meetings and participate in pre-race ceremonies for both the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, July 2 and the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 3.

There will be a special salute to the six Medal of Honor recipients between the National Anthem and the starting command, “Gentlemen start your engines,” for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

In addition, the six Medal of Honor recipients will take part in an autograph session with race fans in the Sprint FANZONE near the Goodyear Legends of Daytona Legends of Daytona area on Friday at 4:30 p.m.

“We’re proud to be continuing this program for the second straight year,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “Through their military service to our country, these six men displayed bravery and courage in protecting the freedoms that we all enjoy today. We look forward to saluting them during the upcoming Independence Day holiday weekend.”

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It’s bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday night, July 3 are available on online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Jun 23 | Brumos Porsche 250 To Mark 100th Race For Daytona Prototypes

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The 2010 Brumos Porsche 250 on Saturday, July 3, part of a racing doubleheader with the Coke Zero 400, will mark the 100th race for the premier class Daytona Prototypes.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The July 3 running of the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway will be the 100th race for the Daytona Prototypes, the premier class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series Presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

The class debuted at the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona, when six DPs from four manufacturers led the field to the green flag for America's premier endurance race.
The DP concept was announced on the eve of the 2002 Rolex 24. The concept called for an affordable class using stable rules and a platform that is designed for close and safe competition. The revolutionary machines have redefined prototype sports car racing, applying sensible rules - underscored by a firm commitment to a level playing field.

Seven chassis, using a variety of engines, were originally approved for the class - Fabcar, Picchio, Doran, Multimatic, Riley, Crawford and Chase. Manufacturers were allowed to transfer their license or submit upgrades for their chassis for the 2008 season, with Dallara, Proto-Auto Lola and Coyote joining the DP competition.

To date, 79 DPs have been built. As a testament of the car's reliability, the original Riley chassis 001 that debuted in the 2004 Rolex 24 remains active in competition. The car finished third for AIM Autosport in the most recent Rolex Series race.

David Donohue and Darren Law have competed in all 99 DP races to date. Rivals in 2003, they have teamed at Brumos Racing since 2004. Other drivers from the 2003 debut expected to race next weekend include Terry Borcheller - the first DP champion - Ozz Negri and Boris Said. Other DP champions expected to race are two-time champs Scott Pruett, Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, plus Max Angelelli and Memo Rojas.

Pruett is the all-time leading DP winner with 27 career victories, while Fogarty leads the class in poles, with 14.

The design of the Daytona Prototype allows drivers from other disciplines of motorsports to be competitive with minimal testing. Among the 336 drivers who have competed in at least one DP race are Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch from NASCAR; Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick, Dario Franchitti and Al Unser Jr. from IndyCar; Formula One's Juan Pablo Montoya, Eddie Cheever and Sebastien Bourdais; legendary racer/actor Paul Newman; endurance racing champions Hurley Haywood, Derek Bell and Andy Wallace; and motorcycle stars Scott Russell and Jeff Ward.

The Brumos Porsche 250 will go green on Saturday, July 3 at 11 a.m., part of a racing doubleheader with the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

Jun 23 | Florida Resident and NFL Rookie C.J. Spiller Named Grand Marshal For Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Buffalo Bills rookie running back C.J. Spiller will serve as Grand Marshal for Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola on Friday, July 2.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – SUBWAY® Restaurants spokesperson and Buffalo Bills rookie C.J. Spiller has been named Grand Marshal for the SUBWAY® Jalapeño 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night, July 2.

“As Grand Marshal, Spiller will utter the most famous words in racing, giving the command of: ‘Gentlemen, start your engines!’” said Track President Robin Braig.

“I appreciate the opportunity to be part of such an exciting event at NASCAR’s greatest venue with my friends from SUBWAY Restaurants and Coca-Cola,” said Spiller. “This is my first race and I am sure it will be a night of action-packed excitement and a great way to kick off the Fourth of July weekend.”

Spiller, of Lake Butler, Fla., is a rookie running back for the Buffalo Bills.  He was an All-American at Clemson University and was selected ninth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. SUBWAY® Restaurants is also a primary sponsor of Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion. The SUBWAY® colors will adorn the No. 99 car Saturday night, July 3 under the lights at DIS for the 52 nd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

 “We look forward to welcoming C.J. to Daytona International Speedway,” said Braig. “We’re proud to have SUBWAY and Coca-Cola team up again to sponsor one of the most anticipated NASCAR Nationwide Series races of the year.”

The SUBWAY® Jalapeño 250 Powered By Coca-Cola will mark the on-track debut of the new NASCAR Nationwide Series car.

Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on July 1-3 are available on your web-enabled phone at mobile.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Jun 22 | Jamie McMurray and Kevin VanDam Swap Professions During Coke Zero 400 Media Day

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2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray and 2010 Bassmaster Classic champion Kevin VanDam tried each other’s professions during Coke Zero 400 Media Day.

Jamie McMurray and Kevin VanDam
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Jamie McMurray won his sport’s biggest and most prestigious event – the 2010 Daytona 500. Exactly one week later, five-time Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam pulled a similar feat by winning the 2010 Bassmaster Classic, the biggest and most prestigious event in professional fishing.

On Tuesday, both Bass Pro Shops-sponsored athletes tried each other’s professions at Daytona International Speedway promoting the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 3 and the “Reels and Wheels” ticket package.

First on the schedule was fishing on the waters of Lake Lloyd, a 29-acre lake located in the heart of Daytona International Speedway.
Fishing in a Bass Pro Nitro Z-9 boat decorated with their names and Daytona 500 and Bassmaster Classic champion logos, VanDam, a five-time Angler of the Year and three-time Bassmaster Classic champion, schooled McMurray in the art of landing a big fish.

Following lunch, McMurray, who first came to Daytona as a kid racing karts, showed VanDam the twists and turns of karting with High Performance Karts from the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

“Kevin might be the best angler of all time,” McMurray said. “To be out on the water with him, and not only watch him fish, but listen to him talk about everything that goes along with fishing that I think the general angler doesn’t always take into consideration, it’s really fun to watch professionals do their sport. It was also gratifying to come over to the go-kart track and redeem myself a little bit.”

In less than two weeks, McMurray will return to the “World Center of Racing” with his Earnhardt Ganassi Racing team and try to become the fifth driver in Daytona history to sweep both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in the same year.

Only Fireball Roberts, Cale Yarborough, LeeRoy Yarbrough and Bobby Allison have been able to complete the sweep of the Daytona 500 and the mid-summer classic in the same year.

McMurray will also try to be the final driver to win on the current asphalt of Daytona International Speedway.

Following the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway will be repaved and the project will be completed in time for Speedweeks 2011 and the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20.

“The July race here at Daytona is about getting your car to handle,” McMurray said. “The guy that can make his car run wide open the longest will be the one to win this race.

“It would be really special to sweep, just to win another race would be big. This is one of my favorite tracks that we come to. I think I’ve done about 10 Goodyear tire tests here. I’ve run a bunch of laps here even when we’re not racing. I have always enjoyed coming down here since I was a kid racing go-karts with my parents.”

VanDam hopes to witness McMurray pull off the sweep.

He will return for the Independence Day holiday classic serving as a Honorary Race Official. VanDam and McMurray are part of a unique ticket package – “Reels and Wheels” – which includes a race ticket, a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Pass and a fishing 101 fan forum with VanDam and McMurray.

To purchase Reels and Wheels, click here

Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Jun 16 | 53rd Annual Daytona 500 Tickets Go On Sale Friday

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Tickets for the 2011 edition of “The Great American Race” – NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – will go on sale Friday, June 18 at 9 a.m.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The race to purchase coveted tickets for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20 is about to begin.

Tickets for the 2011 edition of “The Great American Race” – NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – will go on sale this Friday at 9 a.m. (EST).

Prior to Friday, June 18, only renewals for seat assignments for the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race were taken by the ticket office at Daytona International Speedway.

For the third straight year, tickets for the 2011 Daytona 500 – which will be the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on the new asphalt at Daytona International Speedway – will start at $55.

Immediately following the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola on Monday, July 5, Daytona International Speedway’s entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road. The repaving project will be completed in time for Speedweeks 2011 and the 2011 Daytona 500.

“A new chapter in the history of the Daytona 500 will be written on a new racing surface in 2011,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “The Daytona 500 is one of the most-sought after tickets in racing and we encourage our guests to purchase their tickets early to ensure they have the best seats to witness what will be a historic day in motorsports.”

Daytona International Speedway offers several convenient methods for fans to purchase tickets to “The Great American Race.”

• Online at

www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

• Calling 1-800-PITSHOP

• Visiting the Daytona International Speedway ticket office inside the lobby of Daytona 500 Experience

Also available for purchase through

www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

or 1-800-PITSHOP include:

• Tickets for other Speedweeks 2011 events, including the DRIVE 4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the Gatorade Duel At Daytona, the Budweiser Shootout, the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards, Daytona 500 Qualifying presented by Kroger and the Rolex 24 At Daytona

• Hospitality packages and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Passes for the Daytona 500.

• Tickets for the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend on July 1-3, including the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and Brumos Porsche 250 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race on Saturday, July 3 and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, July 2. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $40.

Jun 11 | DIS To Host Inaugural Daytona PITmasters Florida State BBQ Championship During Coke Zero 400 Weekend

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Kingsford and Sam’s Club are joining forces with Daytona International Speedway to stage the inaugural KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society)-sanctioned Daytona PITmasters Florida State BBQ Championship during the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on the Independence Day holiday weekend will bring together two of America’s favorite pastimes – BBQ and NASCAR.

Kingsford and Sam’s Club are joining forces with Daytona International Speedway to stage the inaugural KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society)-sanctioned Daytona PITmasters Florida State BBQ Championship presented by Kingsford during the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Saturday, July 3.  Daytona PITmasters will feature more than 50 of the top BBQ competitors in America displaying their finest skills for a share of a $30,000 purse. The winner will represent Florida at the USA and World BBQ Championship.

Race fans will be able to sample the competition area outside of the Frontstretch between the Sprint Tower and Turn 1 beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday after the first round of judging and sampling will continue until 4:30 p.m. No grandstand ticket is needed to attend the Daytona PITmasters.

“PITmasters was created to bring the best of the best BBQ teams to Daytona,” said Ron Cates, event organizer. “Even though there is $30,000 up for grabs, it’s really about more than prize money; it’s about respect among BBQ peers. BBQ teams that compete at Daytona know the winner will be recognized as one of the best BBQ teams in the world.”
 
“Daytona International Speedway is thrilled and proud to host its first KCBS-sanctioned event during our Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola,” said Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig. “We’re excited to welcome the professional BBQ teams to the ‘World Center of Racing’ and the competition is a great addition to an already exciting Independence Day holiday weekend.”

Cates, who created the Smoke On The Water brand and has awarded some of the largest purses in BBQ history, expects the top teams on the competition barbecue circuit to compete at the Daytona PITmasters, including four-time world champion Myron Mixon.

In addition to traditional BBQ categories, the event will host a “BBQ Alley” for backyard grillers who want to learn more about smokers and the difference between barbecuing and backyard grilling.  “We are proud to have two great sports, KCBS and NASCAR, coming together for one unforgettable experience,” said Carolyn Wells, executive director of KCBS.

For more information about the Daytona PITmasters Florida Barbeque Championship, visit www.smokeonthewaterbbq.com  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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