Feb 28 | By the Numbers: Construction Underway on Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for Daytona Supercross By Honda

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Immediately following the 55th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last Sunday, construction has begun in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the demanding and challenging course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled Saturday night, March 9.

Supercross Course Build

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Immediately following the 55th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last Sunday, construction has begun in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the demanding and challenging course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled Saturday night, March 9.

For the sixth straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.

Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.

This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course is designed nearly identical to last year’s layout and the placement of the starting gate will remain on pit road providing fans with a great view of the first turn. The riders will also have to conquer at least 10 more jumps on the course.

“Due to the weather conditions, the riders never really faced the track I designed last year so I decided to bring the design back again this year,” Carmichael said. “No matter how easy you design the track, or how technically hard you make it, it’s definitely a man’s track and only the strong survive here. I believe it is one of the best designs I have ever come up with.”

Daytona International Speedway has been home to the original Supercross since 1971 – the longest continuous Supercross event in America – and this marks the 22nd year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda include Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath, Carmichael and last year’s champion James Stewart.

Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:

219 Number of truck loads of dirt

6,000 – Number in tons of dirt

8 – Number of trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway

2 – Number of days to bring all of the dirt into the track

40 Number of jumps on the Supercross course

2 – Number of whoop sections

450 –Number of tuff blocks with Honda covers for safety

3,280 – Mileage in feet of the Supercross course

500 – Number of man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course

In addition, one crawler, one front loader and two skid skeeters are used to move the dirt during construction.

The paddock for Supercross teams will again be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the Sprint FANZONE and provide easy accessibility for the fans.

On Sunday and Monday in the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, the amateur Supercross racers wlll have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. For more information on the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross, visit www.racedaytona.com.

For more information and tickets for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Feb 24 | Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Daytona 500 in 400th Career Start

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Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag in a thrilling finish to the 55th annual Daytona 500. The five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion claimed his second Harley J. Earl trophy Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag in a thrilling finish to the 55th annual Daytona 500.  The five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion claimed his second Harley J. Earl trophy Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

Johnson’s first Daytona 500 victory came in 2006.  He started in the ninth position for both of his Daytona 500 race wins. 

“I’m a very lucky man to have won it twice and (I am) honored to be on that trophy with all of those great names,” said Johnson.

“Chad Knaus and all of Hendrick Motorsports had me (in) a fast car and I could really stay up front all day long.  I had a lot of confidence in the final few laps leading the train, so I knew just how fast the car was. So big credit to everybody at Hendrick Motorsports.”

The 55th annual Daytona 500 was Johnson’s 400th career start.  Sunday afternoon, he became the sixth driver to celebrate in Victory Lane following their 400th start (Lee Petty, Richard Petty, David Pearson, Dave Marcis and Dale Earnhardt).

The season-opening win by Johnson in the No. 48 Lowe’s car gives Chevrolet its 42nd Daytona 500 victory – the most by a manufacturer.  Additionally, it gives Rick Hendrick his seventh Daytona 500 victory as an owner.

Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second after restarting eighth following the race’s fifth caution. Earnhardt, in his No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet, charged through the field on the white-flag lap and helped catapult his teammate to victory.

“We got 1‑2 (finish) out of our shop,” said Earnhardt. “(I am) [r]eally happy with Hendrick (Motorsports) and all our effort.”

Earnhardt offered the following regarding the start of the season at Daytona: “I noticed something last night coming out of the track for dinner, just seemed to be a different vibe inside the infield.  People seemed more excited about what was getting ready to happen today.  Even today, there seemed to be a whole lot more people here.  Seemed to be a lot more excitement about the race.

“That really was the biggest motivator for me today.  I think we're headed in the right direction.  We may not be consistently each week.  But I thought today for some reason it just felt like we're on the right track as a sport.”

Mark Martin, competing in his 29th Daytona 500 and 55th race at Daytona, piloted the No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota to a third-place finish.  Martin moved up from the 10th spot in the final eight laps.

“I feel extremely grateful for the opportunity,” said Martin. “There are a number of drivers that didn't get to have a shot at the Daytona 500, and I was at least close enough to have an outside shot. So I feel extremely lucky for that opportunity.

“I've told you guys over and over again. I'm not bitter about the things I haven't accomplished. I'm pretty damn proud of the things I have (accomplished). That's how I feel about it.”

Pole-sitter Danica Patrick finished eighth in just her 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start, making her the highest finishing rookie in the race. On Lap 90, Patrick became the first woman to lead a lap in the Daytona 500 under green flag conditions. She led five laps total and ran among the top 10 most of the race.

“You know, honestly when I say that I wanted to lead at some point, it was just because I was disappointed I didn't do it off the bat like I thought I should have,” said Patrick. 

“I'm honored. But, again, these are things that just happen along the way. I'm on the quest to be the best driver, run up front, get to Victory Lane. These things happen and I'm proud, but they're not the ultimate goal.”

The race featured 28 lead changes among 14 drivers.  The race also saw six cautions for a total of 24 laps, including one on the final lap shortly after Johnson took the white flag. Twenty four drivers finished on the lead lap in the 43-car field.

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Feb 24 | 2013 DAYTONA 500 Results

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2013 DAYTONA 500 Results

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race - Daytona 500
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Sunday, February 24, 2013

    1. (9) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 200, $1,525,275
    2. (19) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 200, $1,104,814
    3. (14) Mark Martin, Toyota, 200, $817,013
    4. (15) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 200, $707,855
    5. (34) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 200, $572,771
    6. (5) Greg Biffle, Ford, 200, $461,664
    7. (40) Regan Smith(i), Chevrolet, 200, $411,822
    8. (1) Danica Patrick #, Chevrolet, 200, $357,464
    9. (38) Michael McDowell, Ford, 200, $366,121
    10. (41) JJ Yeley, Chevrolet, 200, $338,738
    11. (10) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 200, $373,096
    12. (28) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #, Ford, 200, $373,399
    13. (26) Aric Almirola, Ford, 200, $356,449
    14. (35) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 200, $330,739
    15. (23) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 200, $337,647
    16. (42) David Reutimann, Toyota, 200, $324,872
    17. (30) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 200, $322,785
    18. (24) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 200, $340,052
    19. (21) Joey Logano, Ford, 200, $339,097
    20. (2) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 200, $360,799
    21. (16) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 200, $343,279
    22. (29) Michael Waltrip, Toyota, 200, $309,564
    23. (31) Scott Speed, Ford, 200, $305,514
    24. (37) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota, 200, $340,114
    25. (43) Travis Kvapil, Toyota, 199, $317,038
    26. (39) Terry Labonte, Ford, 199, $307,838
    27. (33) Trevor Bayne(i), Ford, 198, $305,539
    28. (11) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 195, $336,234
    29. (17) Casey Mears, Ford, 181, $312,314
    30. (18) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, Accident, 176, $311,013
    31. (8) Austin Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 175, $313,563
    32. (20) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 161, $328,933
    33. (36) Carl Edwards, Ford, 159, $334,164
    34. (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Engine, 151, $377,610
    35. (22) David Ragan, Ford, Accident, 150, $308,188
    36. (6) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 150, $334,293
    37. (12) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, Engine, 149, $544,306
    38. (25) David Gilliland, Ford, Accident, 144, $283,879
    39. (7) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 144, $318,693
    40. (32) Josh Wise(i), Ford, Accident, 137, $276,953
    41. (13) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 118, $320,904
    42. (3) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, Accident, 47, $346,418
    43. (27) Joe Nemechek(i), Toyota, Engine, 42, $264,354

Average Speed of Race Winner:  159.25 mph.
Time of Race:  3 Hrs, 08 Mins, 23 Secs. Margin of Victory:  0.129 Seconds.
Caution Flags:  6 for 24 laps.
Lead Changes:  28 among 14 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   D. Patrick # 0; J. Gordon 1-31; J. Johnson 32-36; M. Kenseth 37-39; C. Bowyer 40; M. Kenseth 41-71; P. Menard 72; R. Newman 73-74; M. Waltrip 75; R. Newman 76; D. Hamlin 77-85; T. Kvapil 86; M. Waltrip 87-89; D. Patrick # 90-91; D. Hamlin 92; M. Kenseth 93-126; D. Patrick # 127-129; J. Logano 130-131; M. Kenseth 132-149; D. Hamlin 150-172; R. Smith(i) 173; Brad Keselowski 174-176; S. Speed 177-178; Brad Keselowski 179-185; J. Johnson 186; Brad Keselowski 187; J. Johnson 188; Brad Keselowski 189-190; J. Johnson 191-200.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  M. Kenseth 4 times for 86 laps; D. Hamlin 3 times for 33 laps; J. Gordon 1 time for 31 laps; J. Johnson 4 times for 17 laps; Brad Keselowski 4 times for 13 laps; D. Patrick # 2 times for 5 laps; M. Waltrip 2 times for 4 laps; R. Newman 2 times for 3 laps; S. Speed 1 time for 2 laps; J. Logano 1 time for 2 laps; P. Menard 1 time for 1 lap; C. Bowyer 1 time for 1 lap; R. Smith(i) 1 time for 1 lap; T. Kvapil 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 12 in Points: J. Johnson - 47; D. Earnhardt Jr. - 42; M. Martin - 41; B. Keselowski - 41; R. Newman - 40; G. Biffle - 38; D. Patrick # - 37; M. Mcdowell - 35; J. Yeley - 34; C. Bowyer - 34; R. Stenhouse Jr. # - 32; A. Almirola - 31.

Feb 23 | 2013 DRIVE4COPD 300 Results

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2013 DRIVE4COPD 300 race results.

NASCAR Nationwide Series Race - DRIVE4COPD 300
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
Saturday, February 23, 2013

    1. (10) Tony Stewart(i), Chevrolet, 120, $109220.
    2. (2) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 120, $99378.
    3. (8) Alex Bowman #, Toyota, 120, $85603.
    4. (13) Dale Earnhardt Jr.(i), Chevrolet, 120, $68635.
    5. (3) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 120, $69838.
    6. (29) Brian Scott, Chevrolet, 120, $64013.
    7. (14) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 120, $61713.
    8. (28) Eric McClure, Toyota, 120, $60638.
    9. (30) Robert Richardson Jr., Chevrolet, 120, $59388.
    10. (4) Travis Pastrana, Ford, 120, $59713.
    11. (17) Nelson Piquet Jr. #, Chevrolet, 120, $57338.
    12. (11) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 120, $50495.
    13. (21) Kyle Larson #, Chevrolet, 120, $56488.
    14. (15) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 120, $51995.
    15. (6) Elliott Sadler, Toyota, 120, $57538.
    16. (9) Matt Kenseth(i), Toyota, 120, $51095.
    17. (27) Mike Harmon, Dodge, 120, $55413.
    18. (33) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, 120, $55188.
    19. (20) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 118, $48595.
    20. (19) Kasey Kahne(i), Chevrolet, 118, $49145.
    21. (5) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 117, $54813.
    22. (31) Jeffrey Earnhardt #, Ford, Accident, 116, $55088.
    23. (26) Mike Bliss, Toyota, Accident, 116, $54513.
    24. (35) Jason White, Toyota, Accident, 116, $54388.
    25. (38) Danny Efland, Chevrolet, Accident, 116, $54713.
    26. (22) Michael Annett, Ford, Accident, 115, $54113.
    27. (25) Johanna Long, Chevrolet, Accident, 115, $54013.
    28. (32) Hal Martin #, Toyota, Accident, 115, $53913.
    29. (18) Jamie Dick, Chevrolet, Accident, 115, $47345.
    30. (39) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, Engine, 102, $53988.
    31. (1) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 101, $57413.
    32. (7) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, Engine, 100, $46970.
    33. (37) Jeremy Clements, Chevrolet, Oil Line, 88, $53388.
    34. (23) Mike Wallace, Chevrolet, 87, $53338.
    35. (40) Kurt Busch(i), Chevrolet, Accident, 65, $46702.
    36. (12) Danica Patrick(i), Chevrolet, Engine, 31, $42185.
    37. (36) Juan Carlos Blum #, Ford, Accident, 30, $42120.
    38. (34) Blake Koch, Toyota, Overheating, 14, $42059.
    39. (24) Scott Lagasse Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 7, $40960.
    40. (16) Jeff Green, Toyota, Vibration, 4, $40910.

Average Speed of Race Winner:  139.951 mph.
Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 08 Mins, 37 Secs. Margin of Victory:  Caution.
Caution Flags:  7 for 26 laps.
Lead Changes:  34 among 20 drivers.
Lap Leaders:   T. Bayne 1-3; Kyle Busch(i) 4-5; T. Stewart(i) 6; D. Patrick(i) 7-11; E. Sadler 12-17; B. Vickers 18-22; E. Sadler 23-27; B. Keselowski(i) 28-29; Kyle Busch(i) 30-45; M. Kenseth(i) 46-49; J. Allgaier 50; M. Kenseth(i) 51-57; D. Earnhardt Jr.(i) 58-59; Kyle Busch(i) 60-62; K. Kahne(i) 63-65; D. Efland 66; J. Earnhardt # 67; M. Harmon 68; R. Smith 69-70; D. Earnhardt Jr.(i) 71; R. Smith 72-85; Kyle Busch(i) 86; M. Bliss 87; B. Keselowski(i) 88-90; M. Kenseth(i) 91; B. Scott 92-93; M. Kenseth(i) 94; B. Scott 95-96; K. Larson # 97; B. Scott 98; E. McClure 99; P. Kligerman 100-109; E. Sadler 110-111; R. Smith 112-118; T. Stewart(i) 119-120.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led):  R. Smith 3 times for 23 laps; Kyle Busch(i) 4 times for 22 laps; E. Sadler 3 times for 13 laps; M. Kenseth(i) 4 times for 13 laps; P. Kligerman 1 time for 10 laps; B. Scott 3 times for 5 laps; B. Vickers 1 time for 5 laps; B. Keselowski(i) 2 times for 5 laps; D. Patrick(i) 1 time for 5 laps; T. Stewart(i) 2 times for 3 laps; K. Kahne(i) 1 time for 3 laps; T. Bayne 1 time for 3 laps; D. Earnhardt Jr.(i) 2 times for 3 laps; J. Earnhardt # 1 time for 1 lap; M. Harmon 1 time for 1 lap; D. Efland 1 time for 1 lap; J. Allgaier 1 time for 1 lap; K. Larson # 1 time for 1 lap; M. Bliss 1 time for 1 lap; E. McClure 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 10 in Points: S. Hornish Jr. - 42; A. Bowman # - 41; P. Kligerman - 40; B. Scott - 39; J. Allgaier - 38; E. Mcclure - 37; R. Richardson Jr. - 35; T. Pastrana - 34; N. Piquet Jr. # - 33; K. Larson # - 32.

Feb 23 | Statement from Daytona International Speedway

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Statement from Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood provided the following statement Saturday evening:

First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with our race fans.

Following the incident, we responded appropriately according to our safety protocols and had emergency medical personnel at the incident immediately.

We transported 14 people off property and 14 were treated at our on-track care center.

We are in the process of repairing the facility, and we will be ready to go racing tomorrow.

Feb 23 | NFL Legend Ray Lewis Named Honorary Starter for 55th Annual Daytona 500

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All-Pro NFL linebacker Ray Lewis will wave the green flag as honorary starter of the 55th annual Daytona 500 set for 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday at historic Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – All-Pro NFL linebacker Ray Lewis will wave the green flag as honorary starter of the 55th annual Daytona 500 set for 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday at historic Daytona International Speedway.

Lewis, a University of Miami product, led the Baltimore Ravens to a win in Super Bowl XLVII earlier this month.  The 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker has played his entire professional career with the Ravens, helping the franchise to two Super Bowl wins (XXXV, XLVII).  Lewis was honored as NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice (2000 and 2003).  The fiery linebacker, a Central Florida native, is only the second linebacker to win Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award (XXXV) and the first to win the award on the winning Super Bowl team.  Lewis announced his plans to retire last fall.

"It doesn’t get any bigger than Ray Lewis -- the leader of the Super Bowl-winning team," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "We can’t wait to see him on the flag stand waving the green flag to start ‘The Great American Race’ and the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season."

Lewis will wave the green flag for the 43-car field led by pole-sitter Danica Patrick, who was the first woman to win a pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Past honorary starters for the Daytona 500 include NASCAR Hall of Famers Bobby Allison and Richard Petty, actor Ashton Kutcher, comedian Whoopi Goldberg and singer Mariah Carey.  WWE superstar John Cena had the honor in 2012.

Tickets for Budweiser Speedweeks 2013 events, including the 55th annual Daytona 500, are available online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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