Mar 29 | Fourth Annual Daytona Beach Half Marathon set for Oct. 30 at Daytona International Speedway

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On the new asphalt of historic Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon’s route will once again include a lap around the storied tri-oval.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- On the new asphalt of historic Daytona International Speedway, the Daytona Beach Half Marathon’s route will once again include a lap around the storied tri-oval. Scheduled for Sunday, October 30, 2011, the 13.1-mile race, which was recently named one of the seven scenic half marathons in America by Active.com, features one of the most unique courses in the running world.

Beginning at 6:30 a.m. runners will start on pit road of Daytona International Speedway and run the first two miles on the newly paved surface of the track. The course then winds through the streets of Daytona Beach, including a run along the boardwalk of “The World’s Most Famous Beach,” before concluding at the Speedway’s legendary start/finish line. A post-race party for athletes and spectators will be held in the track’s infield.

More than 900 runners registered for last year’s Daytona Beach Half Marathon with 27 different states and five different countries represented.

Registration is underway for runners for this year’s Daytona Beach Half Marathon. Registration is available at the official website: www.daytonabeachhalf.com.  Runners age 16 or older, who can complete the 13.1-miles in 3 hours and 30 minutes (a 16-minute pace), are encouraged to register.

The Daytona Beach Half Marathon is hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission and the Daytona International Speedway.

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Mar 25 | Americrown adds convenience of credit card payments at DIS consession stands

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Americrown, the catering, consessions and merchandise subsidiary of ISC, announced the implementation of credit card payment systems at conscession stands at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Americrown Service Corporation (“Americrown”), the catering, concessions and merchandise subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), announced the implementation of credit card payment systems at concessions stands at 11 ISC racetracks including the "World Center of Racing" -- Daytona International Speedway. The initial rollout will enable credit card payments at a select number of concessions stands at each facility.

“We are the first in motorsports to provide our fans with the convenience of credit card payments at our concessions stands across the company,” said Americrown President Michael Gentry.  “This is a significant accomplishment given the investments in wireless and other technologies necessary to process these payments.  This investment is part of our ongoing efforts to elevate the fan experience by enhancing convenience during their at-track visit.  Fans now don’t have to worry about carrying cash for concessions purchases.”

All major credit cards will now be accepted for payment at Americrown concessions and merchandise locations at the following ISC venues: Daytona International Speedway®; Talladega Superspeedway®; Michigan International Speedway®; Richmond International Raceway®; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM; Kansas Speedway®; Phoenix International Raceway®; Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM; Martinsville Speedway®; Darlington Raceway®; and Watkins Glen International®.

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Mar 22 | Groundbreaking takes place DIS-sponsored Halifax Habitat for Humanity Womenbuild House

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Daytona International Speedway and Halifax Habitat for Humanity (Halifax HFH) are partnering on the affiliate’s 4th WomenBuild home to be sponsored by the “World Center of Racing.” The ceremonial groundbreaking for the build took place on Monday, March 21.

Groundbreaking ceremony

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Daytona International Speedway and Halifax Habitat for Humanity (Halifax HFH) announced plans for the affiliate’s 4th WomenBuild home to be sponsored by the “World Center of Racing.”  The ceremonial groundbreaking for the build took place on Monday, March 21.

DIS has a long tradition of charitable support of Halifax HFH through fundraising opportunities and employee volunteers.  Since 2008, the affiliate raised funds during the Speedweeks and Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola events to support more than 60 percent of the costs of this new construction. DIS received the affiliate’s “Spirit of Hope Award” in 2010 to acknowledge their support of the Habitat mission as well as their significant support of families and children in need throughout Volusia County. 

“Daytona’s contribution has certainly provided a significant opportunity for this family in need but we still need some additional community support to complete this project,” said MaryEllen Osterndorf, Esq. , Board President Halifax HFH.  “This is a great opportunity for other community partners to join this effort and provide this family in need with a home of their own.”

The build will take place at Flomich Woods, an affordable housing development that is a public-private partnership with the City of Daytona Beach.  The local National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and the Volusia Women’s Network group have already committed support as Community Partners.

WomenBuild is a project of Habitat for Humanity International and the concept is to encourage women and women groups to participate with Habitat affiliates as volunteers on the construction site.  Halifax HFH has successfully completed three previous WomenBuild projects in the Halifax area.  The local affiliate celebrated their 25th Anniversary on March 17th and plans for several special events to honor their homeowner families, volunteers and supporters during 2011. 

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian housing mission that encourages people of all faiths and backgrounds to work with families in need to build quality, affordable housing.  For more information about homeownership opportunities or to volunteer or donate, please contact Halifax HFH at 386-257-9950 or on the web at halifaxhabitat.org.

Tickets for all Daytona International Speedway events can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com and 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Mar 14 | ISC, DIS add PayPal, Chat feature to online ticket websites

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As part of its ongoing effort to enhance the ticket buying experience for race fans, International Speedway Corporation and Daytona International Speedway will now offer PayPal payments to fans on its ticket sales websites.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – As part of its ongoing effort to enhance the ticket buying experience for race fans, International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) announced today that it will now offer PayPal payments to fans on its ticket sales websites for its 13 major motorsports facilities including Daytona International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Martinsville Speedway.  In addition, ISC is introducing a new interactive chat feature that allows purchasers to communicate directly with a live sales agent during the online purchase process.

“We are one of the first sports properties to sell tickets through PayPal, one of the most popular, and convenient methods of online payment currently available,” said ISC Vice President, Multi-Channel Marketing and Chief Information Officer Craig Neeb.  “We constantly explore ways to enhance the online ticket purchase experience for our guests and the PayPal solution was a no-brainer.  Also, with our new chat feature, fans can communicate directly with a live ticket agent who can answer questions and provide information to help with the buying process.  We have the best fans in all of sports and our goal is to provide first class customer service starting with their ticket purchase all the way through to their race day experience.”

“ISC is a tremendous sports brand and we’re thrilled to enable ticket purchasing to ISC’s large base of motorsports fans,” said Bill Zielke, PayPal’s Senior Director of Merchant Services. “Now anyone can quickly and securely buy motorsports tickets using PayPal and get down to the racetrack and support their favorite drivers.”

The PayPal payment solution will be available for online ticket purchases for Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, and will then extend to all ISC facilities over the next week.  The chat feature is currently live for Daytona International Speedway and Auto Club Speedway and will be available on the ticketing websites for all of ISC’s 13 motorsports facilities by the end of March.

For tickets to all Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Mar 14 | Celebrity Guests Announced for Toyota Skinner Round-Up

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Spots still available to Play in Skinner Round-Up Golf and Poker Tournaments.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR driver Mike Skinner and his wife Angie announced the list of celebrity guests who will attend the fifth-annual Toyota Skinner Round-Up presented by Rue & Ziffra Personal Injury Attorneys on Wed., March 16 and Thurs., March 17, at Daytona Beach International Speedway (DIS) and Spruce Creek Country Club.

Nashville recording artist Stacy Mitchhart headlines the Hoe Down Bash on Wednesday, March 16 with a live concert, along with musical guests Edwin McCain and American Idol finalist Bo Bice, sponsored by Brighthouse Networks.  SPEED TV reporter Ray Dunlap will serve as emcee for the Hoe Down Bash, which will take place from 7-11 PM in the Sprint FANZONE at Daytona International Speedway.

Skinner will be joined at the two-day event by three-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon, as well as fellow NASCAR drivers Ron Hornaday Jr., Scott Speed and Steve Park.  Former NASCAR driver and current U.S. Olympic bobsled builder Geoff Bodine, dare devil Robbie Knievel, country music comedian Cledus T Judd and NASCAR Sirius Speedway host Dave Moody are other celebrities who will honor former NASCAR executive Jim Hunter this year.  Hunter was a close friend of the Skinners and passed away last Oct.

“We have gathered a great list of celebrities for this year’s event,” said Mike Skinner.  “Our busy schedules don’t always allow us to get together with friends and family as much as we like.  So, it’s always fun to get everyone together for two days of fun, and at the same time raise money for charitable organizations in Volusia County that mean so much to Angie and I.  We hope to have another successful event, and this year is even more special because we will honor our dear friend Jim Hunter.  We will all miss having him at the Round-Up this year.”  

Fans coming out to the Hoe Down Bash at DIS can sample ‘A Taste of Daytona,’ featuring Volusia County’s finest restaurants, which is free of charge with the purchase of a Hoe Down ticket.  There will once again be live and silent auctions featuring NASCAR and celebrity memorabilia.  Among the live auction items are a six-seat EZGO golf cart, vacation packages to the American Idol finale in Los Angeles, the 5F Ranch in Texas, Sonoma wine country and NASCAR race weekends, as well as much more.  Skinner will also hold an autograph session from 7-8 PM in victory lane.

The following day, celebrities and sponsors will play a round of golf in the Skinner Round-Up Golf Classic at Spruce Creek Country Club, followed by the Skinner Round-Up Poker Tournament.  Spots in the golf tournament are still available for $150.00 per player with a shotgun start at 8:45 A.M. on Thurs. morning.  The entry fee for the poker tournament, which begins at 3 PM, is $100.00 per player for the Texas Hold’em format with the final table of six winning prizes. 

Over the past four years, the Skinner Round-Up has raised more than $500,000 for various Volusia County charities, including the Council on Aging, Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare, Greyhound Pets of America, Halifax Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

Tickets for the ‘Hoe Down Bash’ can be purchased online for $10 at www.mikeskinner.com, and will also be available on Wednesday night at the DIS Turn 1 gate off of Williamson Avenue. Children under 12 years of age will be admitted free. 

For more information on the Toyota Skinner Round-Up presented by Rue & Ziffra Personal Injury Attorneys, including how to sign up for the golf tournament and sponsorship opportunities for the event, visit www.MikeSkinner.com.

Mar 12 | Team Latus Motors Racing’s Jason DiSalvo wins Daytona 200

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Team Latus Motors Racing rider Jason DiSalvo underwent an engine change and survived a furious 15-lap sprint to win the 70th Daytona 200 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Team Latus Motors Racing rider Jason DiSalvo underwent an engine change and survived a furious 15-lap sprint to win the 70th Daytona 200 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

DiSalvo, whose victory was his first in the Daytona 200 and also the first for Ducati, was among eight riders jockeying for position in the lead pack during the final 15 laps that followed a pair of red flags.

He held off runner-up Cory West by 0.030 seconds while pole winner and 2006 Daytona 200 winner Jake Zemke settled for third.

The race, which was halted for the first time at Lap 27 for a mandatory front-tire change, was reduced from 57 laps to 42 laps setting up a final 15-lap restart.

The red flag gave DiSalvo a second chance at winning the historic motorcycle race.

At the same time the first red flag came out, DiSalvo’s motor expired on his No. 40 Ducati. During the extended red flag, DiSalvo’s crew was able to change engines with the back-up bike and have him prepared to return to the track when racing resumed.

“After what the team went through today with everything with the engine, those guys worked so hard,” DiSalvo said. “That was probably the biggest thrash in all of motorcycle history to get that bike back together and ready to rock on time to start. It’s just amazing. I’m almost speechless as to how I feel about winning this race. I don’t think it has sunk in yet.”

In the National Guard SuperBike round, defending champion Graves Yamaha’s Josh Hayes led every lap except the last lap as Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Blake Young pulled the slingshot at the start/finish line to complete the sweep of both rounds of the SuperBike at Daytona. The margin of victory was 0.072 seconds.

“I’m happy for my guys,” Young said. “I want to be a contender this year for the championship and get through all of the rounds.  It’s nice to get out of here with a couple of wins and get some points.

“I saw Josh put his head down. He rode a really smart and tough race. More than once in that race, I thought he was gone. He was getting around that infield really, really well. It was everything I could do to stay near him.”

Hayes’ strategy was to be the leader and try to breakaway from the field.

“I did my game plan,” Hayes said. “I told the guys at the truck that I’m going to try to do .37s. Hopefully that’s enough to breakaway from these guys and they won’t be able to catch me. I got away with it for 14 laps. I rode the best I could. The last lap was a good lap. I did everything right. I did exactly what I was wanting and trying to do. You get beat sometimes.

“That’s a hard pill to swallow. I had done everything right for so long. To get nipped at the line was pretty tough. But this is glorious compared to how I left Daytona last year.”

Notes: In the 10-lap SuperSport race, it was a 1-2 Colombia finish with David Gaviria nipping Tomas Puerta at the start/finish line by 0.048 seconds … During the Daytona 200, Ricky Orlando of Boulder, CO, surpassed Rick Shaw as the new mileage leader in event history on Lap 3 … The one-hour conclusion of the Daytona 200 will air on SPEED Channel tonight at 11 p.m. ET.

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