May 28 | 56th Annual Daytona 500 Tickets Go On Sale Thursday, May 30

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Tickets to the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – will go on sale Thursday, May 30 at 9 a.m. (ET). Tickets for the Daytona 500, which was won earlier this year for a second time by Jimmie Johnson, will start at $65.

DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –Tickets to the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – will go on sale Thursday, May 30 at 9 a.m. (ET). Tickets for the Daytona 500, which was won earlier this year for a second time by Jimmie Johnson, will start at $65.


“The tradition, excitement and drama of the Daytona 500 are unmatched in motorsports,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “From the pageantry of kicking off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season to the classic nail-biting finishes, the Daytona 500 is an event that all race fans should experience in person.”


The Speedway will once again offer special youth pricing for the 56th annual Daytona 500. Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all backstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500 while supplies last.


In addition to the 56th annual Daytona 500, tickets for Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 events will be available for purchase including the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, the inaugural nighttime running of the Budweiser Duel, The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona and Lucas Oil 200 Presented By MAV TV American Real doubleheader and Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger.


New for 2014, the Speedway is expanding youth pricing with the races leading up to the Daytona 500. Children 12 and under are now $10 in reserved grandstands and will continue to be free in general admission areas. In addition, children 12 and under are also free in the Sprint FANZONE throughout Budweiser Speedweeks. 


Race fans have three different ways to purchase tickets.


Also available for purchase through www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or 1-800-PITSHOP are:

  • Hospitality packages and Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE passes for all Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 events.


  • Tickets for the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend on July 5-6, including the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 6 and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, July 5. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $45 and kids 12 and under are $10 in all grandstands.


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

| Day 2 Roar Before the Rolex 24: Dempsey and Johnson Bring Star Power to Daytona

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Over the years, many popular celebrities from the entertainment world have tackled Daytona’s demanding 3.56-mile road course in pursuit of the coveted Rolex watch.

Dempsey

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., -- Over the years, many popular celebrities from the entertainment world have tackled Daytona’s demanding 3.56-mile road course in pursuit of the coveted Rolex watch.  This weekend, actor Patrick Dempsey and AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson turned laps with their teams during the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona in preparation for the 50th Anniversary of the twice-around-the-clock endurance challenge.

Dempsey, owner of Dempsey Racing, returns to Daytona with a two-car effort for the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.  He will drive the No. 40 Visit Florida Mazda RX-8 GT with teammates Joe Foster, Charles Espenlaub and Tom Long, while the No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Driving & Salvage Mazda RX-8 will be driven by Dane Cameron, James Gue, Ian James, Don Kitch Jr. and Dave Lacey.

“It’s great to be back,” said Dempsey. “Really excited to be here for the 50 year anniversary. It’s going to be great for the fans – you’re seeing more fans already around the track, even at the test this year, which is great.

“The quality of the drivers that are here, you know, the new manufacturers that are here as well, I think it’s really great for the sport and certainly for Grand Am and the GT series in general.”

Dempsey was also excited to partner with Daytona again to offer a unique ticket package to let fans get the most out of their Rolex 24 At Daytona experience, while also benefitting Team Seattle Guild and the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.

“I want to thank Daytona for supporting us on this ticket package,” he continued.  “It’s the most important part of our racing program – to bring attention to those two causes.  The fans who get those tickets, we will spend time with them and make it an enjoyable experience and make them feel like they’re a part of the team.”

Singer Johnson will be driving in his first Grand Am event in the No. 50 BMW Riley for 50+ Predator/Alegra.

“It’s like being in a band, everybody’s dependent on everybody else to, you know, for the big show. And I’m just happy to be part of it all,” said Johnson. “This 24 hours is right up there with one of the biggest gigs that I’ve done.

“Most people try to live the dream when they’re alive and I think for me I’ve outlived the dream, I mean this is just beyond dreaming. It’s real. And I’m loving every minute.”

Just like with Dempsey Racing, Daytona has also partnered with 50+ Predator/Alegra to offer a special ticket package to commemorate the team’s participation in the 50th Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.           

Fastest of the day: The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP with drivers Christian Fittipaldi, Darren Law and David Donohue was the fastest in the Rolex Series on the second day of testing with a speed of 126.468 mph.

A Ferrari posted the fastest time in the GT class as the No. 63 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am driven by Toni Vilander, Olivier Beretta and Andrea Bertolini posted a lap of 117.321 mph.

The Roar Before The Rolex 24, the three-day test session for the historic 50th  Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, kicked off with 112 sports cars on Friday at Daytona International Speedway and continues through Sunday.

For more information on the Dempsey Racing and 50+ Predator/Alegra special ticket packages, or to purchase tickets for the Rolex 24 At Daytona and other Speedweeks events, go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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Pos. No. Class Drivers  Team  Car  Best Time  Speed 
1 10 DP  

Max Angelelli, Wayne Taylor, Pedro Lamy, Ricky Taylor

 SunTrust Racing   Ford Dallara  1:40.681  127.293
         
         
         
         

| Daytona International Speedway to Display American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall

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The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall will visit Daytona International Speedway Feb. 27 – March 8 during Daytona 200 Week By Honda. Viewing is free to the public with access to the Memorial through the Turn 4 Tunnel.

DAYTONA BEACH , Fla. – The American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall will visit Daytona International Speedway Feb. 27 – March 8 during Daytona 200 Week By Honda. Viewing is free to the public with access to the Memorial through the Turn 4 Tunnel.  

The mission of the project is to travel the nation to honor, respect, and remember men and women who served, and to pay specific tribute to those who gave all in that service. Since the tribute is mobile it allows people to honor and respect veterans and active military personnel without having to travel great distances to do so.

“We’re honored to be able to display the American Veterans Traveling Tribute and Traveling Wall at ‘The World Center of Racing,’ ”said Speedway President Robin Braig.  “The memorial on property will remind our fans of those who have served their country with great distinction.”  

The AVTT presents several Cost of Freedom memorials and exhibits with its centerpiece being the Traveling Wall, an 80 percent scale version of the Viet Nam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Across its 370-foot length, the wall contains every single name etched on the original. At its apex the memorial is an impressive eight-feet tall. The traveling wall was completed in early 1998 and began traveling that year.  AVTT’s traveling wall is the largest Wall replica traveling the USA.  

The other memorials and exhibits included in the AVTT event include:

·         The Cost of Freedom Memorial : A series of stand-up exhibits created in gold dog tags to record the names of those who gave their lives for our freedom since Vietnam and including present day Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. This is a stunning exhibit for all to see.

·         911 Memorials : A stand-up exhibit with lighted twin towers to make sure “we never forget”. Each name is recorded according to their location at the time of the tragedy.

·         Walk Of Heros: A series of stand-up’s that pay tribute and provide education regarding our country’s history, as well as conflicts America was involved in to insure our freedom. Freedom did not come for free and these tributes represent the true cost of freedom as paid in lives.

·         Vietnam Remembered: A nationally acclaimed art display of original paintings and more, for viewing, education, and reflection.

·         Tribute Panel: Anyone can purchase a silver custom inscribed dog tag to place on our tribute panel. This is a tribute and a personal message to a loved one, past or present. This tribute panel travels the USA with all other exhibits.

·         World War II:   To assure all living veterans are honored, AVTT presents displays of pictures and information to pay specific tribute to WWII veterans.

·         Korean War:   A beautiful pictorial display of the men who fought the forgotten war along with battle maps and the war timeline.

| Record Turnout At DIS For Fourth Annual NASCAR Foundation Blood Drive

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Race fans produced record results during the NASCAR Foundation’s fourth annual Blood Drive held last Friday, Sept. 11, at historic Daytona International Speedway.

Blood Drive

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Race fans produced record results during the NASCAR Foundation’s fourth annual Blood Drive presented by Nationwide Insurance held last Friday, Sept. 11, at historic Daytona International Speedway.

The Drive, which was staged inside the Boardwalk Club alongside Lake Lloyd in the Daytona International Speedway infield, produced a 17% increase in units of blood collected from the previous year’s drive at “The World Center of Racing.”

The event generated 466 registered donors, 414 units of blood and 91 bone marrow registrations.
Blood donations were received by Florida’s Blood Centers and marrow registrations were handled by Kids Beating Cancer, Inc.

“We’re proud of the growth of our annual NASCAR Foundation Blood & Marrow Drive,” Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig said. “It’s great to see the race fans in our community join together to help save lives and we look forward to building upon our success in 2010.”

Every guest who donated received a gift bag, donated by 3M, and a ticket to next July’s Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

For more information and tickets for all Daytona International Speedway events, log on to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

| ISC’s Eddie Roche to be Honored with The National Russ Moyer Media Award for “Excellence in Journalism”

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Eddie Roche, International Speedway Corporation’s images and archives manager since 2003, will be honored with The National Russ Moyer Media Award, representing excellence in journalism. The award will be presented by Ray Fox's Living Legends of Auto Racing Organization on Feb. 20 during the Living Legends of Auto Racing Organization’s annual banquet at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Eddie Roche, International Speedway Corporation’s images and archives manager since 2003, will be honored with The National Russ Moyer Media Award, representing excellence in journalism.  The award will be presented by Ray Fox's Living Legends of Auto Racing Organization on Feb. 20 during the Living Legends of Auto Racing Organization’s annual banquet at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla.

Russ Moyer, NASCAR Vice President in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, exhibited talent and commitment to the media and motorsports throughout his career.  Prior to Moyer’s years as executive, he handled publicity for the inaugural stock car race on the Daytona Beach road course in 1936, worked as a sports writer for the Norristown (Pa.) Times-Herald, and was the sports editor for the East Stroudsburg (Pa.) Morning Sun. 

Inspired by Russ Moyer’s demeanor and legendary auto racing efforts, the Living Legends of Auto Racing Organization formed The National Russ Moyer Media Award.  The 600-member non-profit, Living Legends of Auto Racing Organization strongly supports and honors beach and stock racing legends. 

Donnie Allison, International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee who competed in NASCAR during the 1960s-1980s, will present the award on behalf of the Living Legends of Auto Racing Organization.

All previous Russ Moyer Media Award honorees demonstrate exquisite aptitude and dedication to journalism and motorsports.

Past acknowledgements include Jim Foster (retired Vice President of Communications for ISC; Assistant to the President, Bill France Sr.; Director NASCAR News Bureau; sports writer; Dodge racing rep), Larry McReynolds (former NASCAR crew chief, now TV race analyst for FOX Sports & Turner Sports), Jeff Hammond (former NASCAR crew chief, now FOX & SPEED-TV commentator), and Jim Hunter (NASCAR VP of Corporate Communications, book author, and sports writer for Atlanta Journal-Constitution, PR Director at Darlington Raceway).

“I’m finding it hard to believe that I’m on the same list with the other names,”

Eddie Roche said when asked about receiving such an honor.

“I’ve always thought of those that are on the list as being sort of mentors to the work that I did,” Roche said. “Above all, I think what makes it so special are the friends and colleagues reaching out to contact me about coming (to the ceremony).”

Eddie Roche has been involved in the motorsports journalism world for more than 40 years. He was the Field Editor South for Stock Car Racing Magazine in the 1970s, Motor Sports Editor for the Scripps-Howard daily newspaper The Hollywood (FL) Sun, the author of Florida Motorsports Retrospective Pictorial Books Vol I & II, has been a freelance journalist for Goodyear, NASCAR Newsletter, Daytona 500 programs, and a consultant on numerous books such as: History of the American Speedway (Allan Brown), NASCAR Families (Herb Branham), and Sebring: The Official History (Ken Breslauer).

“I think the best part for me is that when I was in college, I didn’t know what I wanted to do or to be,” Roche said, “I knew that racing was my love in life, so I took up mass communications and turned it into a career based on my love for racing.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will kick off their 2013 season during Budweiser Speedweeks At Daytona with the Sprint Unlimited on Saturday, Feb. 16, under the lights at Daytona International Speedway.

Tickets for the Budweiser Speedweeks At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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