Jul 30 | Week 4 Daytona Repave Update: Paving Begins On The Historic Tri-Oval

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The paver crossed the start/finish line for the first time this week but work on the historic 2010 Daytona Repave project is far from finished.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The paver crossed the start/finish line for the first time this week but work on the historic 2010 Daytona Repave project is far from finished.

The first paving took place in the historic tri-oval on Wednesday where the drainage layer was put down.

Here are some other notable achievements in the fourth week of work on the Daytona Repave:

• The second layer of asphalt on the outer pass on the Superstretch has been paved and approximately 1,400 tons of asphalt has been put down on the Superstretch

• On the Frontstretch, the second layer of asphalt has been paved on the outside pass with the drainage layer on the inside pass.

• As of Thursday, approximately 2,200 tons of asphalt has been put down on the Frontstretch

• Asphalt has been removed from Turn 3 and the grading continues

• All safety fence, SAFER barrier and lights have been removed from the high banks

• The filling of dirt behind the walls on upper rim road in Turns 1 and 2 is complete

On Monday, Aug. 2 at 9 a.m., Daytona International Speedway will offer race fans the opportunity to purchase a ticket to the 2011 Daytona 500 as well as attain a piece of asphalt.

The special offer will run through midnight Aug. 8.

Race fans that have renewed their 2011 DAYTONA 500 tickets or purchased between June 18 and Aug. 1 will also receive this offer, which is limited to one piece of asphalt per account holder.

Race fans can take advantage of this special offer by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytona500.com

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 will be able to view the progression of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience.

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.

Jul 23 | Historic Combination: Race Fans That Purchase Daytona 500 Tickets Will Also Receive Piece Of Daytona Asphalt

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Beginning on Monday, Aug. 2 at 9 a.m. and running through midnight on Aug. 8, race fans that purchase tickets for the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20 will automatically receive a portion of Daytona’s original asphalt.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway is offering race fans the exclusive opportunity to purchase a ticket to witness history as well as receive a piece of history all at the same time.

Beginning on Monday, Aug. 2 at 9 a.m. and running through midnight on Aug. 8, race fans that purchase tickets for the 53rd annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 20 will automatically receive a portion of Daytona’s original asphalt.

Race fans that have renewed their 2011 DAYTONA 500 tickets or purchased between June 18 and Aug. 1 will also receive this offer, which is limited to one piece of asphalt per account holder.

Race fans can take advantage of this special offer by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytona500.com

“Since we began the historic Daytona repave project in early July, race fans have been asking how they can attain a piece of Daytona International Speedway’s asphalt,” Track President Robin Braig said. “This one-time offer will provide two of the most coveted items in motorsports – a piece of Daytona’s legendary asphalt as well as a ticket to the 2011 edition of ‘The Great American Race.’ ”

For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway’s entire 2.5-mile tri-oval is being repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road. Concrete is being used for the pit stalls. All of the existing asphalt is being removed down to the original 52-year-old lime rock base, which will be leveled and then paving will begin.

The repaving project, which is being performed by Lane Construction, began on July 5 and has a targeted date of completion 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 will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience.

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)

Jul 23 | Week 3 Daytona Repave Update: Paving Begins On The Superstretch

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Another significant moment in the Daytona Repave as asphalt is put down on the Superstretch.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Another significant moment in the 2010 Daytona Repave took place on Thursday morning as the first layer of asphalt was put down on the 3,000-foot Superstretch.

The paving of the drainage layer on the Superstretch is the first of four layers of asphalt that will be put down on Daytona International Speedway’s 2.5-mile tri-oval, which is being repaved for only the second time in its history.

While new asphalt was being put down on the “World Center of Racing,” the old asphalt in the daunting Turn 3 high banks has been excavated and removed.

Here are some other notable achievements in Week 3 of the Daytona Repave project:

• SAFER barrier and safety fence continues to be removed in the banking in Turns 1 and 2

• The milling and grading on the Frontstretch is complete and ready to be paved

• Jostens, which is handling the distribution of the pavement to race fans, has cut and removed pieces of asphalt from multiple locations around the track. For more information, fans can visit www.jostens.com/daytona

• The dirt from the skid pad excavation continues to be used to fill behind the walls on upper rim road in Turns 1 and 2

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 will be able to view the progression of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience.

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 tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Jul 16 | Week 2 Daytona Repave Update: More Than 17 Million Pounds Of Asphalt & Lime Rock Removed

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The historic Daytona International Speedway wrap ups Week 2 of the repaving project.

Daytona Repave
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After wrapping up its second week, the historic Daytona International Speedway repaving project is running at full speed.

The sounds of race cars have been replaced by construction equipment as Daytona International Speedway’s entire 2.5-mile tri-oval, skid pads, apron and pit road is being repaved.

Here’s a look at what has been accomplished in the first two weeks of the massive project:

• 57 light poles have been removed from the upper rim road overlooking Turns 1, 2, 3 and 4.

• More than 5,000 linear feet of SAFER Barrier has been removed

• Both the Superstretch racing surface and the Turn 4 short chute has been milled, graded and been given a coat of asphalt primer and is now ready to be paved.

• The milling of the tri-oval is completed and now is being graded.

• Trial batches of asphalt are being produced at the asphalt plant located just outside the Superstretch.

• The additional skid pad area on the Superstretch has been excavated and is now being graded. The dirt from the skid pad excavation is being used the fill behind the walls on the upper rim road.

• Overall, approximately 17 million pounds of asphalt and lime rock have been removed.

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 will be able to view the progression of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience.

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.com)

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Jul 12 | Darrell, Michael Waltrip Dig Into High Banks In Turn 1

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Darrell and Michael Waltrip, the only brothers to win the Daytona 500, performed the ceremonial groundbreaking on the DIS Repave when they took a backhoe to the daunting Turn 1 high banks of Daytona International Speedway.

Darrell and Michael Waltrip
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Darrell and Michael Waltrip, the only brothers to win the Daytona 500, took a backhoe to the daunting Turn 1 high banks of Daytona International Speedway on Monday.

The event served as the ceremonial groundbreaking on the historic repaving project at Daytona International Speedway.

“I’ve tried to knock the walls down but I’ve never tried to tear the track up. That was a first for me,” said 1989 Daytona 500 champion Darrell Waltrip. “It’s a good feeling. That piece of equipment is like driving a good race car. You have to have the right piece of equipment and we had it today. I’m excited about this project.”

“I’m going to get me a chunk of that and take it back to North Carolina,” said Michael Waltrip, the 2001 and 2003 Daytona 500 champion. “This place is special to our family. It’s part of who we are. I don’t come through that tunnel and not think about what this place means to me. I’m a traditionalist. I love Daytona and I love this being the Mecca of NASCAR racing.”

After taking their turns in the backhoe, both Darrell and Michael Waltrip were able to grab some pieces of the track.

“Taking chunks of Daytona International Speedway to my house is something I never thought of being able to do,” Michael Waltrip said. “It’ll be something that will be a trophy to me because this place sort of defines my career. The biggest wins that I have had have happened right here.”

The participation in the groundbreaking for Michael Waltrip comes on the heels of his victory as a car owner with driver David Reutimann in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.

Waltrip is excited about the thoughts of a repaved Daytona International Speedway for the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

“When I went to Talladega for the first time and drove on that track after the repave, I thought somebody was kidding,” Michael Waltrip said. “It was the coolest thing I had ever felt in my whole life. My car felt like it was running 300 mph because it was sucked down and going so perfectly around that race track.

“The racing there, record lead changes in 2010 at Talladega, and a crazy race the other night at Daytona, none of that will change. These drivers will just be able to be more aggressive and it will be more fun to watch than ever. I can’t wait to be a part of the 2011 Daytona 500.”

Darrell Waltrip remembers the only previous time that Daytona International Speedway was repaved. The first race on the new asphalt was the legendary 1979 Daytona 500 where Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison crashed battling for the lead on the final lap in Turn 3. While Richard Petty celebrated his sixth Daytona 500, Donnie and Bobby Allison got into a post-race fight with Yarborough.

“To a stock car driver, to the history of this place, to the tradition of what it means to a stock car driver to win here, there is no place like it,” Darrell Waltrip said. “I’m excited about what they are getting ready to do here. It’s going to make the racing better. I can’t wait for the 2011 Daytona 500.

“I was here in 1979 after the repave. Most everybody remembers how it ended but I remember how it started. It started under caution and we ran around here a long time in the rain and it finally quit and we were able to go racing but what a day it was. Lead changes and people leading the race that you never heard of. That’s what we will see here come February 2011.”

The repaving project officially began immediately after the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Monday, July 5. During the first week of work, crews were removing lights poles, SAFER barrier and safety fence and milling of asphalt began on the Superstretch and the Frontstretch.

Daytona International Speedway’s entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road. Concrete will be used for the pit stalls. All of the existing asphalt will be removed down to the original 52-year-old lime rock base, which will be leveled and then paving will begin.

An estimated 50,000 tons of asphalt will be used on the project that will pave 1,435,000 square feet, about 33 acres.

Lane Construction, which repaved other ISC race tracks including Talladega Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway, is repaving 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 will be able to view the progression of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience.

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.com)

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Jul 06 | Repaving Daytona: Behind The Numbers

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For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway is being repave. Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the project.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- For only the second time in its history, Daytona International Speedway is being repave.

The mammonth project began on Monday, July 5 following the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola and has a targeted completion date of Jan. 1, 2011.

Daytona International Speedway's entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road. Concrete will be used for the pit stalls. All of the existing asphalt will be removed down to the original 52-year-old lime rock base, which will be leveled and then paving will begin.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the project:

Employees: At a minimum, there will be 30 workers and at a maximum 100.
Asphalt: 50,000 tons
Light poles: In order to pave the daunting high banks, crews will have to remove 57 light poles from the upper rim road adjacent to the wall in Turns 1, 2, 3, and 4.
Catch fence: In order to pave the high banks, crews will remove a total of 5,948 linear feet of catch fence posts, cables, and fence fabric from the exterior wall in Turns 1, 2, 3, and 4.
SAFER barrier: 8,300 linear feet of SAFER barrier will be removed before paving begins
Trucks: 50 truck loads of concrete for pit road
How much paving?: There will be about 1,435,000 square feet of paving, that is about 33 acres

The type of asphalt being used to repave Daytona International Speedway will be a a polymer modified asphalt with an elevated softening point. It’s sophisticated, high-quality asphalt that withstands the stresses of racing.

There will be no changes to Daytona International Speedway other than a new smooth racing surface. The repaving of Daytona International Speedway will remain true to Bill France Sr.’s original vision, layout and geometry of this legendary track back in the late 1950s.

Race fans will be able to view the progression of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours will also be available through attraction admission to Daytona 500 Experience.

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.com)

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

 

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