Apr 27 | Embry-Riddle Students Test Bio-Diesel Hybrid Vehicle At DIS

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students participating in EcoCAR: The Next Challenge found a perfect destination for testing of their bio-diesel hybrid vehicle – historic Daytona International Speedway.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students participating in EcoCAR: The Next Challenge found a perfect destination for testing of their bio-diesel hybrid vehicle – historic Daytona International Speedway.

On Wednesday morning, the bio-diesel hybrid vehicle reached speeds as high as 65 mph while touring the 2.5-mile tri-oval on the apron. The students were able to use the flat and smooth surface of Daytona International Speedway to gather data on the performance of the car.

Following the test, the students posed with the car at the legendary start/finish line.

EcoCAR: The Next Challenge is a three-year collegiate automotive engineering competition involving 16 different colleges across North America with the goal of creating a more efficient vehicle and reducing the environmental impact while maintaining acceptable levels of safety, performance, and consumer acceptability. The project was established by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors and is managed by Argonne National Labs.

The first year of the program involved model-based design and simulation. In year 2, the students constructed the prototype and moved into vehicle testing in the final year.

Embry-Riddle’s bio-diesel vehicle is an extended range electrical vehicle that can operate on electricity for approximately 25 minutes and converts used vegetable oil from the school’s cafeteria into bio-diesel.

For more information on Embry-Riddle’s EcoCAR: The Next Challenge, visit www.ecoeagles.org

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Apr 26 | SPEED Original Series Speedmakers Captures Entire Six-Month Repaving of DIS

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SPEED’s original series, Speedmakers, will showcase the entire paving process of Daytona International Speedway on the May 12 show at 9 p.m. ET.

Paving the high banks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Lane Construction, of Chesire, Conn., might be considered your average construction company to an outsider. But they are far from ‘average,’ as the organization’s specialty is paving race tracks, especially big ones like Daytona International Speedway, one of the most talked about large-scale motorsports re-paving projects in recent memory.

But how did they do it? With its legendary 31 degrees of steep banking and 18 degrees accenting the famous tri-oval, laying asphalt at this facility is no small order. It’s a question answered on SPEED’s original series, Speedmakers (May 12; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT), which captured a process that dramatically changed the face of this year’s Daytona 500 and Daytona 200 during Bike Week.

Starting in July of 2010, the construction crew descended onto Daytona Beach, Fla., spending the next six months repaving the entire 2.5-mile racing surface, pit road and the aprons. The project covered more than 1.4-million feet of surface area and required 50,000 tons of asphalt, including the complete re-surfacing and widening of pit road.

“This was a monumental and historic undertaking on what many consider to be racing’s most hallowed ground,” said Robert Ecker, SPEED VP of Programming and Executive Producer. “The sheer physical demands of the task, coupled with the etched-in-stone completion date, required innovative engineering systems and state-of-the-art technology. It proved to be as daunting a task as anticipated, and the Speedmakers crew was on hand to capture the process in its enormity.”

“Repaving the ‘World Center of Racing’ was a monumental task with a lot riding upon its successful completion,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.  “Lane Construction faced the challenges head on and their hard work resulted in one of the smoothest surfaces in racing and a record breaking Speedweeks 2011. I hope our fans enjoy this look back at all the sweat and innovation that went into repaving Daytona International Speedway.”

Among the topics covered include demolition and removal of the old pavement, the mobile asphalt production plant and the unique machinery it took to safely surface and test the high banks. Lane Construction’s past experience, which includes repaving projects at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Richmond (Va.) International Raceway and Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, was critical in being able to finish the project in a timely manner, despite the multiple challenges that presented themselves along the way.

About SPEED™

SPEED, anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in more than 82 million homes in North America, SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services. For more information, please visit SPEED.com, the online motor sports authority.

About FOX Sports Media Group

FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman & CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.com and scout.com, reaching over 20 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.

Apr 20 | NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Project Plants 110 Trees At Daytona Beach International Airport

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NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and International Speedway Corporation joined forces with the Daytona Beach International Airport as the beneficiary of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air tree planting project.

Tree planting

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway and International Speedway Corporation joined forces with the Daytona Beach International Airport as the beneficiary of NASCAR’s Green Clean Air tree planting project.

NASCAR Green Clean Air is a unique program that plants 10 trees for each Green Flag that drops during races, capturing 100% of the carbon produced by the on track racing at the events.  The initiative, the largest tree planting program in sports, debuted at 11 tracks in the 2009 Sprint Cup season, and in 2010, expanded to plant more than 1,000 trees to balance the carbon produced by racing.  In 2011, the initiative expanded to the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, and now encompasses over 20 tracks nationwide.

As a result of the 53rd annual Daytona 500 in February, 110 trees are being planted in three locations throughout the property at Daytona Beach International Airport.

On Wednesday, approximately 80 NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation, Daytona International Speedway and Americrown employees planted the trees, which were purchased locally from Nature Scapes in Flagler County.

International Speedway Corporation Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, Dr. Mike Lynch, Managing Director of Green Innovation for NASCAR and Volusia County Chair Frank Bruno participated in a tree planting ceremony.

“Taking care of the environment is a top priority at Daytona International Speedway,” Chitwood said.  “The NASCAR Green Clean Air program is one of many environmental initiatives that take place at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ In 2010, Daytona International Speedway, working with great partners such as Coca-Cola and Anheuser Busch among others, recycled approximately 200 tons of materials. The NASCAR Green Clear Air tree planting program is a great example of the motorsports industry working together to benefit the environment and our local community.”

“While the timing of this tree planting is close to Earth Day, the commitment of NASCAR and all its partners to the environment runs all season long,” Lynch said. “NASCAR Clean Green Air demonstrates our collective dedication to conservation, which is also evident in green initiative such as LEED-certified buildings, including the International Motorsports Center here in Daytona Beach; the largest event recycling program in sports; and the world’s largest alternative energy project in sports.”

“Volusia County has a proud history of preserving natural resources and maintaining environmental integrity," Bruno said. “Through our Green Volusia program and green county designation, we are committed to being a leader in sustainability and create positive change that will benefit our citizens now and in the future. This event is a great showcase of community involvement in being green. I applaud NASCAR and DIS for their substantial green efforts. Not only will these trees enhance the aesthetics of the airport property, they serve as a reminder of green efforts in our community. I encourage everyone to get involved so we can continue moving toward a sustainable future and leave our children with a community they can be proud of.”

Apr 18 | Once paralyzed, motorcross rider completes ride across America with victory lap around Daytona

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Jimmy Button reached his goal on Sunday – standing on top of the box inside Gatorade Victory Lane at historic Daytona International Speedway spraying champagne in celebration.

Jimmy Button
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmy Button reached his goal on Sunday – standing on top of the box inside Gatorade Victory Lane at historic Daytona International Speedway spraying champagne in celebration.

Button, a former motorcross rider once paralyzed in a Supercross practice accident 11 years ago, rode 2,428 miles from San Diego, Calif., to Daytona International Speedway with the objective of raising money for spinal cord research.

Along with his trainer and longtime friend Cory Worf, he completed his ride with a victory lap around the storied 2.5-mile tri-oval.

“I’ve been dreaming about doing this for 18 months,” said Button, who the Daytona Supercross By Honda in the Lites division back in 1994. “What it would be like, what it would smell like, what it would feel like to actually do it. To ride a bicycle around this place, that was pretty special.”

His two-month journey began on Feb. 20 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, the site of his accident in 2000.

He concluded his demanding and grueling ride at the site of one of his greatest accomplishments.

“It’s one of my favorite races on the series for me personally when I was racing,” Button said. “I had some great results here. I won it one time. It’s one of my prized trophies in my office. “

For more information on Button’s fundraising efforts, visit www. Milesformiraclestoday.com. 

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Apr 15 | DIS announces staff promotions

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Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced three promotions to the team at the “World Center of Racing.”

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced the following promotions to the team at the “World Center of Racing:”

• Julie Giese, who joined DIS in 2004 and has been with International Speedway Corporation for 10 years, has been promoted to Senior Director of Marketing. In her role, Giese is responsible for all advertising and consumer marketing at the Speedway in addition to coordinating pre-race and post-race activities. In addition, she continues to develop sports car and motorcycle events.

• Kari Gritton, who also joined DIS in 2004 and has been with ISC for 13 years, has been named Senior Director of Ticketing. Gritton oversees all ticket office operations including group and consumer sales as well as consumer promotions.

• Lenny Santiago has been named Senior Director of Public Relations.  Santiago, who joined DIS last year after serving as the Director of Marketing Communications at ISC, oversees Daytona’s public relations team and credential department. Santiago joined ISC in 2003.

“Julie, Kari and Lenny have been instrumental in the success of Daytona International Speedway,” Chitwood said. “We’re looking forward to their continued leadership and contributions in delivering a world-class motorsports experience for our guests.”

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

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Apr 14 | Exclusive, Privately-Guided VIP Tour of Daytona International Speedway Debuts Tuesday, April 19

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Building upon the success of its All Access Tour, Daytona International Speedway launches a special VIP Tour that will provide race fans an opportunity for an intimate, exclusive look behind-the-scenes at Daytona.

VIP Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Building upon the success of its All Access Tour, Daytona International Speedway will launch a special VIP Tour that will provide race fans an opportunity for an intimate, exclusive look behind-the-scenes at the “World Center of Racing.” 

The tour provides an insider’s look at areas such as the Drivers’ Meeting Room, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garages, tech inspection and the DAYTONA 500 Club President’s Row.  Fans can have their photo taken at Daytona’s famed Gatorade Victory Lane and enjoy a birds-eye view of the entire 2.5-mile track from Frontstretch Suite 701 – located seven stories above the Speedway. Also, fans can take a stroll through Daytona’s history inside International Speedway Corporation’s Archives, featuring artifacts, past champion trophies, historic images and more. The tour concludes with access to the Coca-Cola Theatre and a close-up look at Trevor Bayne’s DAYTONA 500 winning car.

“The new VIP tour was developed for fans who desire a truly up-close and personal tour of the ‘World Center of Racing,’ ” said Daytona International Speedway Joie Chitwood III.  “Not only will they see the most exclusive and premier areas of the speedway, they will take a walk down memory lane at the ISC Archives and enjoy all the history of racing in Daytona Beach.”

Admission to the VIP Tour is $50 per person and advanced reservations are encouraged as availability is limited.  Reservations can be made in person at the Daytona International Speedway Ticket Office or by calling 1-877-306-RACE (7223).  Upcoming tour dates include:

• April 19, 23, 28
• May 3, 12, 17, 21, 26, 31
• June 9, 14, 18, 23, 28
• Future VIP tour dates will be listed online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours

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