Aug 27 | Week 8 Daytona Repave Update: Installation of the 18-foot wide concrete pit stalls

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The crew from Lane Construction completed the installation of the 18’ wide concrete pit stalls this week as the massive 2010 Daytona Repave entered its eighth week. Construction continues in many different areas throughout the historic Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The crew from Lane Construction completed the installation of the 18-foot wide concrete pit stalls this week as the massive 2010 Daytona Repave entered its eighth week. Construction continues in many different areas throughout the historic Daytona International Speedway.

The daunting 31-degree high banks in Turns 3 and 4 continue to be graded and compacted in preparation for the first layer of asphalt, which is expected to be put down early next week.

Other highlights from the eighth week of work on repaving Daytona International Speedway include:

• The first of two asphalt layers has been put down on the 500-foot skid pad extension along the Superstretch. The second layer, covering the existing skid pad as well as the extension, is expected to be installed in the next several days. Crews will leave an 80-foot gap closest to the racing surface which will be paved when the final asphalt layer is placed on the apron and race track. 

• Work has begun on the Superstretch to install a new under drain system which will run the entire length of the 2.5-mile Superspeedway. 

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 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). 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.

Aug 20 | Week 7 Daytona Repave Update: Paving On Skid Pad Extension Begins

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The massive 2010 Daytona Repave entered its seventh week as construction continued in many different areas throughout the historic Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona Repave
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The massive 2010 Daytona Repave entered its seventh week as construction continued in many different areas throughout the historic Daytona International Speedway.

The crew from Lane Construction continues to grade and compact the daunting 31-degree high banks in Turns 3 and 4. Paving could possibly begin in that area late next week.

Other notes from the seventh week of the 2010 Daytona Repave include:

• Grading, compacting and the placing of asphalt primer on the 500-foot skid pad extension along the Superstretch is complete.

• Paving on the skid pad extension began Thursday.

• The excavation of the pit stalls along the 1,900-foot pit road is complete and the pouring of concrete has begun.

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 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). 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.

Aug 19 | DIS To Host Fifth Annual 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive On Saturday, Sept. 11

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Daytona International Speedway, “The World Center of Racing,” will host the fifth annual 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive on Saturday, Sept. 11.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway, “The World Center of Racing,” will host the fifth annual 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive drive at Daytona International Speedway will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Daytona 500 Club, located in the infield just outside Gatorade Victory Lane. Donors can enter through the Turn 1 tunnel.

Every guest who comes to donate at the 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive will receive:

• A ticket to next July’s Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race

• Will be entered to win two Daytona 500 Club tickets for the 2011 Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20.

• A gift bag

• Free commemorative T-shirt

• Discount admission to Daytona 500 Experience, “The Official Attraction of NASCAR.”

For donors who schedule an appointment in advance, they will be entered to win a commemorative portion of Daytona’s original asphalt.

To make an appointment and find out more about the 9-11 Blood and Marrow Drive, visit FloridasBloodCenters.org/911 or 1-888-9-DONATE.

Aug 18 | Tradition Continues At Daytona International Speedway

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The 53rd annual Daytona 500 is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20 and will kick off the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Daytona International Speedway will host its second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola -- on Independence Day holiday weekend on Saturday night, July 2.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 2011 Daytona 500 will mark a significant moment in the history of Daytona International Speedway – the first points-paying NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on the newly repaved 2.5-mile tri-oval.

The 53rd annual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 20 and will kick off the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Daytona International Speedway will host its second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola -- on Independence Day holiday weekend on Saturday night, July 2.

Following the recent Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, DIS began a historic repave project that will put down a new racing surface on the entire 2.5-mile tri-oval, pit road, apron and skid pad. The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will get their first taste of the new asphalt during Speedweeks 2011 and the Daytona 500.

“For the driver who wins the Daytona 500, they will not only carry the title of champion of ‘The Great American Race’ but also have the distinction of being the first to win the Daytona 500 on the new racing surface,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.

After a one-year schedule adjustment, Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, which locks up the front row for “The Great American Race,” will move back to its traditional date of Sunday, Feb. 13. During Speedweeks 2010, Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger was part of a tripleheader day of racing with the Budweiser Shootout and the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.

The remainder of the action-packed Speedweeks 2011 schedule will feature:
• The Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30, America’s most prestigious sports car race and the opening event to the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
• The Budweiser Shootout on Saturday, Feb. 12, the non-points, no-holds barred shootout featuring the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Preceding the Budweiser Shootout will be the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by RE/MAX and Menards race
• Gatorade Duel At Daytona on Thursday, Feb. 17, the pair of 150-mile qualifying races that finalize the field for the Daytona 500
• NextEra Energy Resources 250 on Friday night, Feb. 18, the season opener to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
• DRIVE4COPD 300 on Saturday, Feb. 19, the kick-off event to the NASCAR Nationwide Series

NASCAR will return for its second visit to the “World Center of Racing” on the Independence Day holiday weekend. The Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola will run on Friday, July 1 and the race weekend will conclude with Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 2.

Tickets for Speedweeks 2011 and the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on are sale now and available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Tickets for the 2011 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola will go sale later in the year.

Aug 17 | DIS To Host Third Annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon

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Runners, it’s time to lace up your sneakers. Daytona International Speedway in conjunction with the Central Florida Sports Commission will host the third annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 31.

Daytona Beach Half Marathon
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Runners, it’s time to lace up your sneakers.

Daytona International Speedway in conjunction with the Central Florida Sports Commission will host the third annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 7 a.m.

The 13.1-mile race, which was recently named one of the seven scenic half marathons in America by Active.com, will start at historic Daytona International Speedway, proceed through the streets of Daytona Beach and include a half-mile run along the “World’s Most Famous Beach” before concluding at the Speedway.

Due to the 2010 Daytona Repave, this year’s course will not include a lap on the track but race organizers have developed several race friendly course options and each option is based on the progress of the repaving project. The 2010 Daytona Beach Half Marathon course will be released in late September.

Advanced entry fee for the Daytona Beach Half Marathon is $60 per person (must sign up by Oct. 1) and includes an event T-shirt, finisher’s medal, post-race party and Daytona 500 Experience motorsports attraction admission.

Entry fee for runners who sign up between Oct. 2-28 is $65, $75 on Oct. 30 (in person) and $100 on race day.

Approximately 1,000 running and racing enthusiasts from around the country and the world are expected to participate. To register or find more information on the Daytona Beach Half Marathon, visit www.daytonabeachhalf.com

Aug 13 | Week 6 Daytona Repave Update: Tear Down Of Pit Road Begins

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Workers on the historic Daytona Repave project hit pit road for the first time, but there was no pit stop for four tires and fuel.

Milling of pit road
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Workers on the historic Daytona Repave project hit pit road for the first time, but there was no pit stop for four tires and fuel.

The milling of the 1,900-foot long pit road began as asphalt was removed from all the pit stalls, another notable moment as the 2010 Daytona Repave continues.

The pit stalls, which will be 18 feet wide, will be filled with concrete and then reminder of pit road will then be excavated and paved. Pit road will be widened from 52 feet to 62 feet.

Here are some of the other highlights from the sixth week of work on repaving Daytona International Speedway:

• The first three layers of asphalt have been paved on both the Frontstretch and the Superstretch
• The grading in Turn 4 is ongoing
• Turn 3 is being regraded after some recent rain.
• The grading of the extended skid pad on the backstretch is ongoing

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.

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