Jul 30 | Harley J. Earl Trophy, American Flag to be Prominently Featured on 55th Annual Daytona 500 Commemorative Ticket

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NASCAR fans have spoken and the design of the commemorative ticket for the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 will showcase the Harley J. Earl trophy and the American flag.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR fans have spoken and the design of the commemorative ticket for the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 will showcase the Harley J. Earl trophy and the American flag.

Between July 12-19 on Daytona International Speedway’s FacebookTwitter and Google+ sites, race fans selected their favorite commemorative Daytona 500 ticket among three different choices.

The race fans’ selection of the commemorative ticket with the Harley J. Earl trophy is a fitting choice for 2013 Daytona 500 as the Harley J. Earl trophy, for the first time, is proudly featured on the race logo.

Awarded to the champion of the Daytona 500, the Harley J. Earl trophy is named after Harley J. Earl, a famous General Motors designer and friend of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr.  The trophy, one of the most prized possessions in motorsports, weighs 54 pounds and has a black base with a scaled-down replica of the Firebird One that Earl created in 1954 at the peak of his career with General Motors.

Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 – start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling
1-800-PITSHOP.

For the second straight year, the Speedway is offering special youth pricing for the Daytona 500.  Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all Superstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500 while supplies last. In addition, children 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE throughout Budweiser Speedweeks. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.  In addition, fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebook  and Google+ for all the latest news all season long.

Jul 30 | Fan Event Day Experience Remains Top Priority At International Speedway Corporation

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”), the leader in major motorsports entertainment, is working with American Tower Corporation (“American Tower”) and Corning Cable Systems LLC (“Corning”), part of Corning Incorporated’s (NYSE:GLW) Telecommunications segment, to design and install fiber optic cable networks supporting the deployment of distributed antenna systems (“DAS”) at 12 of ISC’s major motorsports facilities. 

“We are committed to enhancing the fan experience at all of our major motorsports facilities to better grow ISC’s business,” stated ISC’s Vice President, Multi-Channel Marketing and Chief Information Officer, Craig Neeb.  “Our customers want greater ability to communicate using their wireless devices when they attend our events.  We too want the ability to connect with these customers as they enter our motorsport facilities with timely information to enhance their event day experience.” 

Under the terms of the agreement, American Tower will design and install DAS and other wireless infrastructure solutions at ISC’s motorsports facilities to enhance wireless signal strength and distribute radio capacity for customer use and general track operations during events.  Corning will be responsible for designing and installing a state-of-the-art fiber optic cable network to support the DAS networks, as well as other facility requirements. 

Mr. Neeb continued, “To effectively do this, we must have the communication foundation capable of connecting with the hundreds of thousands of fans that attend our events and are in close proximity to each other.  Large venues, such as our major motorsports facilities, have a challenge in delivering the necessary radio frequency requirements.  American Tower has the experience and proven solutions to help us overcome these challenges and enhance the fan experience at our facilities.”

American Tower was selected for its customized wireless infrastructure solutions that support wireless coverage and capacity.  Corning provides ISC the most cost-efficient and effective solution, and has a long-term relationship dating back to the 1980s through shared ownership of ISC’s Watkins Glen International.

“American Tower is pleased with the opportunity to work with ISC,” said Gerard Ainsztein, American Tower’s Senior Vice President of Managed Networks.  “We look forward to deploying HetNet (Heterogeneous Network) solutions that incorporate macro, DAS, Wi-Fi and small-cell technologies. Our wireless infrastructure will help ISC keep their customers connected and provide an unparalleled fan experience.” 

“Corning’s approach to the deployment is the most effective and efficient due to its ability to provide not only the fiber optic cable but also to leverage its portfolio of preconnectorized cable and hardware solutions and uniquely integrate them into the design,” stated Mr. Neeb.  “As well, Corning’s Engineering Services can bring its experience in design and project management to ensure that the solution is efficient and cost effective.”

“Corning’s fiber optic connectivity solutions are an ideal fit for ISC’s venues, adding future-proof reliability and nearly limitless bandwidth capacity,” said Stuart Hoiness, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Networks, Corning Cable Systems.  “We are confident ISC’s fans will be pleased with the improved wireless performance at the events, and we are thrilled that our products and Corning’s Engineering Services are a critical component of this improvement.”

About International Speedway Corporation

International Speedway Corporation is a leading promoter of motorsports activities, currently promoting more than 100 racing events annually as well as numerous other motorsports-related activities.  The Company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities, including Daytona International Speedway® in Florida (home of the DAYTONA 500®); Talladega Superspeedway® in Alabama; Michigan International Speedway® located outside Detroit; Richmond International Raceway® in Virginia; Auto Club Speedway of Southern CaliforniaSM near Los Angeles; Kansas Speedway® in Kansas City, Kansas; Phoenix International Raceway® in Arizona; Chicagoland Speedway® and Route 66 RacewaySM near Chicago, Illinois;  Homestead-Miami SpeedwaySM in Florida; Martinsville Speedway® in Virginia; Darlington Raceway® in South Carolina; and Watkins Glen International® in New York. 

The Company also owns and operates Motor Racing Network, the nation's largest independent sports radio network and Americrown Service CorporationSM, a subsidiary that provides catering services, food and beverage concessions, and produces and markets motorsports-related merchandise.  In addition, the Company has a 50 percent interest in the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway.  For more information, visit the Company's Web site at www.internationalspeedwaycorporation.com

About American Tower

American Tower is a leading independent global owner, operator and developer of wireless communications sites. American Tower currently owns and operates approximately 47,000 communications sites in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru and South Africa. For more information about American Tower, please visit www.americantower.com.

About Corning Incorporated

Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.

Jul 26 | 2002 Daytona 500 Champion Ward Burton Shows Off Daytona to Guests Through Richard Petty Driving Experience

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Ward Burton, the 2002 Daytona 500 champion, was at the “World Center of Racing” on Thursday hosting employees and customers from one of his sponsors – State Water Heaters – for a day with the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

Ward Burton
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When a Daytona 500 champion returns to Daytona International Speedway, it’s always a special trip for the driver no matter the time of year.

Ward Burton, the 2002 Daytona 500 champion, was at the “World Center of Racing” on Thursday hosting employees and customers from one of his sponsors – State Water Heaters – for a day with the Richard Petty Driving Experience.

“This race track is so full and represents such good things about this sport and NASCAR,” Burton said. “It’s so rich in history. Just coming in the grounds – it feels like hallowed ground. Today, we’re doing an event for State Water Heaters with 25 customers and we do this around the country. Last time we were here doing this was ’09 so we’re glad to be back and doing it at Daytona again.”

Burton plans four of these events per year with State Water Heaters and Richard Petty Driving Experience at tracks around the country. He climbs behind the wheel of a two-seat No. 27 State Water Heaters Chevrolet prepared by Richard Petty Driving Experience and gives rides to guests. Following the rides and more instruction, guests then get their turn to drive on the legendary tri-oval.

In February, Burton celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Daytona 500 victory by making a return to NASCAR competition for the first time since 2007. He finished eighth in the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

These days, Burton’s focus has now shifted to his 19-year-old son Jeb, who wants to follow the footsteps of his Daytona 500-winning father. Jeb Burton, who races Late Models out of his own shop in Virginia, made five starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year notching one top-10 finish.

Ward Burton says Jeb has “raw talent” and he is doing his best to put together sponsorship so his son can compete in a full season of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series beginning next year during Budweiser Speedweeks 2013.

“Jeb did a phenomenal job beyond my expectations with the resources we had and the limited seat time,” Ward Burton said of his son’s five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts. “Actually I’ve been in Orlando the last two days working on sponsorship opportunities for Jeb. I need to get him back out there. He deserves to be there. He has got the talent to represent somebody really well. I’m working everyday for my son."

Tickets for the NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 – start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

For the second straight year, the Speedway is offering special youth pricing for the Daytona 500.  Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all Superstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500 while supplies last. In addition, children 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE throughout Budweiser Speedweeks. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.  In addition, fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook  and Google+ for all the latest news all season long.

Jul 12 | Race Fans Can Select the Design of the 55th Annual Daytona 500 Ticket

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Race fans can have a voice in the design of the commemorative ticket for the 55th annual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s prestigious season-opening race scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24.

2013 DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Race fans can have a voice in the design of the commemorative ticket for the 55th annual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s prestigious season-opening race scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 24.

Through Daytona International Speedway’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/daytonainternationalspeedway), Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISUpdates) and Google+ (http://gplus.to/daytonaintlspeedway) sites -- race fans will be able to select their favorite commemorative ticket among three different choices.

Voting begins on Thursday, July 12 and will run through Thursday, July 19 at 5 p.m. EST.

Two of the commemorative tickets feature the Harley J. Earl trophy – awarded annually to the Daytona 500 champion – while the third commemorative ticket showcases Matt Kenseth celebrating his second triumph in the “Great American Race” earlier this year.

Tickets for the NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 – start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

For the second straight year, the Speedway is offering special youth pricing for the Daytona 500.  Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all Superstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500 while supplies last. In addition, children 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE throughout Budweiser Speedweeks. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.  In addition, fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook  and Google+ for all the latest news all season long.

Jul 08 | Tony Stewart Battles from 42nd Place to Capture His Fourth Career Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Victory

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Tony Stewart added another victory at Daytona International Speedway to his resume, winning his fourth Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

Tony Stewart

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart added another win at Daytona International Speedway to his resume, driving his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet from the 42nd starting position to the first, to win his fourth Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola in eight years in a gripping green-white-checkered finish.

With the win, Stewart now has 18 career victories at the “World Center of Racing” – second all-time behind Dale Earnhardt (34). The win was also Stewart’s third of the year and ties him with Brad Keselowski for the most victories this season.

“This is 18 wins at Daytona,” said Stewart. “All of them are special and it’s the second time this year we’ve been in Victory Lane at Daytona, so I’m really proud of (my crew). I wish I could trade a couple of these races in for just one Sunday race in February. It’s just being at the right place at the right time. We’re still trying to win the Daytona 500.”

Jeff Burton had a season-best second-place finish and defending Daytona 500 champion and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points leader Matt Kenseth was third.

Kenseth put the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford on the pole and dominated most of the race with teammate Greg Biffle; the two combined to lead 124 of the 160 laps with Kenseth leading a race-high 89 – the most laps he’s led in a race on the 2.5-mile tri-oval. On the final restart, the tandem of Kenseth and Biffle valiantly battled that of Stewart and Kasey Kahne until the No. 14 car shot to the front on the Superstrech.

“I’m really disappointed,” said Kenseth. “My team deserved to be down there holding the hardware and I let them down. Daytona has been wonderful to us this year, starting last July when we were able to push David (Ragan) to his win and finish second. Obviously, I had a really good Speedweeks and then came down here and sat on the pole and led the most laps. We had one of the fastest cars and had a good finish. It’s hard to be disappointed with that, but the racer in you, when you have a car like that, you certainly want to figure out how to try to win with it.”

Stewart, who started 42nd after his Office Depot Chevrolet failed post-qualifying inspection and his second-place qualifying time was disallowed, made the longest trek through the field for a win in the Coke Zero 400 – the record was previously held by Bill Elliott who won from 38th-place in 1988. Stewart stayed at the back for most of the race before picking off competitors to take the lead on lap 131.

“I was a little too cautious at the beginning…and we lost touch with the lead pack,” said Stewart, who gained four positions in the point standings and now sits in fifth. “We got a caution and regrouped and made sure that when the green came out I didn’t wait this time.”

Multi-platinum, Grammy-winning band Train kicked off the pre-race show with a 60-minute concert and HLN morning personality and country singer Robin Meade performed the national anthem. DIS honored four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War as a flag that flew on the USS Eisenhower waved in the background.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400.  In addition, fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook  and Google+ for all the latest news all season long.

Jul 07 | 2012 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Results

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Race results from the 2012 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Race results from the 54th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola with finishing position, starting position, driver, make of car, laps and money earned:
    1. (42) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 160, $340650.
    2. (20) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 160, $238940.
    3. (1) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 160, $232776.
    4. (19) Joey Logano, Toyota, 160, $154965.
    5. (2) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 160, $168323.
    6. (12) Carl Edwards, Ford, 160, $162106.
    7. (3) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 160, $125265.
    8. (9) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 160, $146585.
    9. (28) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 160, $110290.
    10. (41) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 160, $135398.
    11. (39) David Reutimann, Chevrolet, 160, $106005.
    12. (5) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 160, $148516.
    13. (30) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 160, $135038.
    14. (13) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 160, $111105.
    15. (24) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 160, $110755.
    16. (40) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 160, $126213.
    17. (18) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 160, $127644.
    18. (7) Casey Mears, Ford, 160, $113763.
    19. (17) Aric Almirola, Ford, 160, $135691.
    20. (34) Terry Labonte, Ford, 160, $107430.
    21. (4) Greg Biffle, Ford, 160, $105055.
    22. (33) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 160, $96330.
    23. (11) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 159, $141391.
    24. (22) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 159, $139038.
    25. (23) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 156, $136696.
    26. (27) David Ragan, Ford, Accident, 154, $105288.
    27. (15) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, Accident, 152, $92880.
    28. (14) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, Accident, 152, $122246.
    29. (29) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, Accident, 152, $118744.
    30. (10) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, Accident, 152, $117263.
    31. (32) David Gilliland, Ford, Accident, 152, $99227.
    32. (38) Landon Cassill, Toyota, 151, $114900.
    33. (8) Sam Hornish Jr.(i), Dodge, 149, $132980.
    34. (25) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 133, $96280.
    35. (35) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 132, $96105.
    36. (16) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, Accident, 123, $134891.
    37. (6) Bill Elliott, Chevrolet, Accident, 123, $87780.
    38. (31) Josh Wise #, Ford, Transmission, 47, $89132.
    39. (26) David Stremme, Toyota, Rear Gear, 25, $84175.
    40. (43) JJ Yeley, Toyota, Overheating, 16, $84000.
    41. (36) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Overheating, 10, $83825.
    42. (37) Stephen Leicht #, Chevrolet, Overheating, 4, $91725.
    43. (21) Michael McDowell, Ford, Overheating, 3, $84093.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  157.653 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 32 Mins, 14 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.
Caution Flags:  6 for 23 laps.
Lead Changes:  12 among 9 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   M. Kenseth 1-41; D. Ragan 42; J. Wise # 43-45; M. Truex Jr. 46-47; G. Biffle 48-82; C. Mears 83; M. Kenseth 84-123; Kyle Busch 124-126; D. Gilliland 127; Kyle Busch 128-130; T. Stewart 131-151; M. Kenseth 152-159; T. Stewart 160;.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Kenseth 3 times for 89 laps; G. Biffle 1 time for 35 laps; T. Stewart 2 times for 22 laps; Kyle Busch 2 times for 6 laps; J. Wise # 1 time for 3 laps; M. Truex Jr. 1 time for 2 laps; C. Mears 1 time for 1 lap; D. Ragan 1 time for 1 lap; D. Gilliland 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 12 in Points: M. Kenseth - 676; D. Earnhardt Jr. - 651; G. Biffle - 632; J. Johnson - 618; T. Stewart - 592; K. Harvick - 586; D. Hamlin - 584; M. Truex Jr. - 584; B. Keselowski - 573; C. Bowyer - 572; C. Edwards - 541; Kyle Busch - 516.

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