Jul 23 | International Motorsports Center Honored For Its Outstanding Recycling Efforts

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International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) is being honored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) for the outstanding recycling efforts at its International Motorsports Center, the world headquarters for ISC, NASCAR, GRAND-AM and Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – International Speedway Corporation (“ISC”) is being honored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) for the outstanding recycling efforts at its International Motorsports Center, the world headquarters for ISC, NASCAR, GRAND-AM and Daytona International Speedway. 

The Recycling Recognition Program award, which was presented today in a ceremony at the International Motorsports Center, recognizes ISC’s broad, significant and visionary approach to insuring environmental sustainability by reducing the amount of waste that is deposited in local landfills.  The International Motorsports Center, which has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council with its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) gold certification and the EPA’s Energy Star certification, has a recycling rate of approximately 60 percent. 

Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Recycling Recognition Program was developed to encourage private businesses, institutions, schools, public organizations and citizens to increase recycling in order to reach Florida’s recycling goal of 75 percent by 2020.

“We are honored to receive the Recycling Recognition Program award from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection,” stated ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. “Environmental sustainability is a lifelong commitment and we are excited to see further progress and improvements throughout our company.  The International Motorsports Center is just one part of a comprehensive sustainability program that we are undertaking for a healthy environment.”

ISC working together with NASCAR, which has the largest recycling and environmental sustainability programs among all U.S. sports, has partnered with multiple organizations to successfully assist in its environmental sustainability programs.  As examples, ISC in partnership with Coca-Cola, are working hand-in-hand to provide opportunities for race fans to actively participate in recycling programs.  Safety-Kleen assists ISC with the recycling of event waste materials. ISC participates in the largest tree planting program in sports in partnership with UPS. Watkins Glen International and NextEra Energy have joined forces to launch a windmill project that will create a lasting renewable energy resource for the area.  Also, our Michigan International Speedway has a new solar-powered building that is among the largest U.S. producers of green energy in American sports.  For more information on ISC’s environmental sustainability programs, please visit ISC Green Flag Team.

“The International Speedway Corporation’s recycling efforts and comprehensive sustainability program are both great things for Florida’s environment,” said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. “I am pleased to highlight ISC’s efforts with this recognition award, which shows that major companies throughout Florida are taking recycling and sustainability seriously.”

The Recycling Business Assistance Center at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection assists in the development of markets for recyclable materials.  For more information on the new statewide recycling goal of 75 percent, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/recycling.  

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

(Sustainability Programs Fact Sheet follows)

International Speedway Corporation
Sustainability Programs
July 2013

As the leading promoter of motorsports themed entertainment, International Speedway Corporation is not only committed to providing its fans, sanction bodies, competitors, and stakeholders with the best event experiences, but also to the constant search for best sustainable partnerships and business practices.

International Speedway Corporation – Headquarters Building – LEED Certified

In December of 2010, ISC announced its corporate headquarters building, the International Motorsports Center, had achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) gold certification. LEED-certified buildings lower operating costs and increase asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, are healthier and safer for occupants and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

As the Official Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Solution Provider of NASCAR, Eaton’s partnership includes the installation of Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations at the International Motorsports Center.

Tree Planting Program

International Speedway Corporation participates in the largest tree planting program in sports through the NASCAR Green Clean Air Tree Planting Program in partnership with NASCAR, UPS, and the Arbor Day Foundation.  The program committed to planting 90 trees in every race market as well as support Florida’s reforestation project.

At Track Sustainability Programs

Auto Club Speedway of Southern California

  • Speedway Trains - In partnership with the local rail authority, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California and Metrolink received grant funding from the South Coast Air Quality District specifically for major event venues within their district that are not served by regular public transit services and experience high levels of traffic congestion during events.
  • Sewer Treatment Plant - 6.2 million gallons of sewer and waste water generated by Auto Club Speedway of Southern California is diverted to California Steel Industries.  They use the water for the cooling process of steel manufacturing, and then dispose of the water through their industrial waste procedures.

Michigan International Speedway

  • Green Venues Michigan Leader Certification by the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG)
  • More than 900+ tons of construction materials have been recycled.
  • First professional sports venue to join the Michigan Business Pollution Prevention Partnership (MBP3) and Retired Engineers Technical Assistance Program (RETAP)
  • Maintains approximately 200 acres of protected wetland in and around the facility.
  • New solar-powered building is one of the largest U.S. producers of green energy in American sports. The sun-powered, 31-suite building and track media center is outfitted with approx. 8,000-square feet of solar panels across the rooftop that generates about 70,000 kw per hour - enough energy to power 439 fluorescent light bulbs, 79 incandescent light bulbs, 175 laptop computers, 19 desktop computers and 26 refrigerators.

Recycling Programs

ISC, in partnership with Coca-Cola, work hand-in-hand to provide opportunities for fans to actively participate in recycling programs. Specially designed receptacles in conjunction with appropriate messaging, encourage race fans to recycle used cans and bottles.

  • 4.2 Million Containers Recycled
  • 9,632 Collection Bins Placed Throughout ISC Facilities
  • 147,000 Pounds Of Recycled Containers (roughly the weight of 43 NASCAR cars)

As the official track side environment service provider of ISC, Safety-Kleen has successfully assisted International Speedway Corporation facilities with the recycling of event waste materials such as oil, oil filters, absorbent, fuel, oily water, aerosol cans, and paint waste.

  • 146,650 Pounds of Used Oil Recycled
  • 25,410 Gallons of Waste Fuel Recycled

Future Sustainability Programs

Watkins Glen International and NextEra Energy have joined forces to launch a windmill project that will create a lasting renewable energy resource for the area. Approximately 50 turbines will be installed over the next two years. Each tower is capable of powering 2,900 homes annually.

Darlington Raceway and Clemson University have partnered together to grow switchgrass on speedway grounds, which will later be used in production of bio-fuels.

NASCAR Green Partnerships

NASCAR has the largest recycling and environmental sustainability programs among all U.S. sports.  NASCAR has the world’s largest solar-powered sports facility, a tree planting program capturing 100% of the emissions produced by on-track racing, and the largest recycling program in sports with Coca-Cola Recycling, Coors Light, Safety-Kleen and Creative Recycling.

2013 Sustainability Partnerships

Coca-Cola

Green Earth Technologies

NASCAR Green

NextEra Energy Resources

Safety-Kleen

Jul 07 | Johnson Pulls Off Sweep, Wins 55th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Jimmie Johnson made Daytona history on Saturday night capturing the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and sweeping the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway in 2013.

Burnout Jimmie Johnson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson made Daytona history on Saturday night capturing the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and sweeping the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway in 2013.

Johnson is the first driver since NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 in the same season. Other drivers to have accomplished the sweep were Fireball Roberts (1962), Cale Yarborough (1968) and LeeRoy Yarbrough (1969).

“To do anything Bobby has done is pretty special,” Johnson said in Gatorade Victory Lane.

Johnson, driving the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, put on a dominating performance leading 94 of the 160 laps. He also mastered the late-race restarts and pulled away in the green-white-checkered finish to win his first Coke Zero 400 by a margin of .107 seconds.

“It’s tough to (dominate) at a plate track, especially with how tight the rules are,” Johnson said. “I think I showed strength early and a lot of guys were willing to work with me and kind of help me through situations, which was great. I don’t know if I really made a bad move tonight, so I’m pretty proud of that.”

Tony Stewart, the four-time defending champion of the Coke Zero 400, finished second while Kevin Harvick was third. Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip.

Prior to the Coke Zero 400, for the fifth straight year, Daytona International Speedway honored four Medal of Honor recipients.

In addition, race fans were treated to a pre-race concert by nine-time GRAMMY winner Sheryl Crow and an starting command by Grand Marshals – and Grown Ups 2 stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Shaquille O’Neal.

NASCAR will return to Daytona International Speedway for Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 and the 56th annual Daytona 500. Tickets for all events are available online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

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.

Jul 06 | 2013 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Results

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1 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Dover White Chevrolet 161 --.---
2 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops / Ducks Unlimited Chevrolet 161 0.107
3 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet 161 0.213
4 15 Clint Bowyer Blue DEF Diesel Exhaust Fluid Toyota 161 0.296
5 55 Michael Waltrip Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 161 0.303
6 78 Kurt Busch Furniture Row Racing / Sealy Chevrolet 161 0.360
7 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 161 0.414
8 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 161 0.469
9 13 Casey Mears GEICO Ford 161 0.760
10 39 Ryan Newman Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 161 0.771
11 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. # Fifth Third Ford 161 0.772
12 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 161 0.823
13 36 JJ Yeley Golden Corral Chevrolet 161 0.838
14 10 Danica Patrick # GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 161 0.839
15 38 David Gilliland Long John Silver's Ford 161 0.921
16 31 Jeff Burton Kwikset Chevrolet 161 1.053
17 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 161 1.150
18 93 Travis Kvapil Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 161 1.220
19 32 Terry Labonte C & J Energy Ford 161 1.290
20 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 161 1.657
21 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 161 1.819
22 34 David Ragan Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts Ford 161 4.180
23 47 Bobby Labonte Scott Products Toyota 161 10.704
24 33 Landon Cassill(i) LittleJoesAutos.com Chevrolet 161 11.692
25 35 Josh Wise(i) MDS Transport Ford 161 14.082
26 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 161 24.249
27 87 Joe Nemechek(i) Royal Teak Collection Toyota 161 41.121
28 95 Scott Speed Ford 161 42.669
29 99 Carl Edwards SUBWAY Ford 161 1:07.423
30 83 David Reutimann Burger King / Dr Pepper Toyota 159 2 laps
31 7 Dave Blaney Florida Lottery Chevrolet 157 4 laps
32 5 Kasey Kahne Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet 155 6 laps
33 20 Matt Kenseth Home Depot / Husky Toyota 154 7 laps
34 24 Jeff Gordon Axalta Coating Systems Chevrolet 151 10 laps
35 51 AJ Allmendinger Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 149 12 laps
36 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground Toyota 149 0.187
37 30 David Stremme Lean 1 Toyota 127 34 laps
38 43 Aric Almirola U.S. Air Force Ford 127 15.843
39 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 126 35 laps
40 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 105 56 laps
41 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Batteries Toyota 97 64 laps
42 98 Michael McDowell Phil Parsons Racing Ford 33 128 laps
43 27 Paul Menard Rheem / Menards Chevrolet 23 138 laps

Jul 05 | Kenseth Captures 12th Annual Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Matt Kenseth capped off a successful day at Daytona International Speedway as he was pushed by second-place finisher James Buescher to a thrilling green-white-checkered finish win in the 12th annual Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola.

Matt Kenseth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Matt Kenseth capped off a successful day at Daytona International Speedway as he was pushed by second-place finisher James Buescher to a thrilling green-white-checkered finish win in the 12th annual Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola.

Kenseth, who qualified on the outside pole for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, started 19th in the No. 18 GameStop Toyota – the lowest starting position by a winner in this race. Kenseth quickly made his way into the top 10 and led 16 laps.

“We didn’t qualify as well as we hoped, but we got in the race and (the car) drafted really well,” Kenseth said. “We never had a solid plan worked out with anybody for the tandem.

“The 12 (Sam Hornish Jr.) and the 22 (Joey Logano) were definitely the strongest pair,” Kenseth continued. “I didn’t think anybody was going to beat them unless something happened to them. (I saw) James (Buescher) back there by himself and I slowed up and grabbed him and our two cars together – with him pushing my car – we were incredibly fast. Once I hooked up with him I felt like we had a shot (at the win). It’s fun to come back here and race again (in the Nationwide Series), it’s been awhile, and it’s always special to win at Daytona.”

The dedicated tandem of Hornish and Logano dominated the race leading a total of 64 laps with Hornish leading a race-high 61 laps of the 101-lap race. After getting shuffled back during the final restart, they finished seventh and ninth, respectively.

Third-place finisher Elliott Sadler won the first leg of the “Dash 4 Cash” program, which rewards the highest-finishing eligible driver in four designated races with a $100,000 bonus. Sadler, Brian Vickers, Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson were the first group of eligible drivers and Hornish will replace Vickers in that group for the next leg of the competition.

Polesitter Austin Dillon finished fifth. Dillon has qualified well at the “World Center of Racing” and continued that streak earlier today with a fast lap of 178.934 mph. It marked the second pole of his young career at the 2.5-mile tri-oval – his first pole coming in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011. He has now qualified in the top five in four of his five starts at DIS.

Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

You can also catch the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola live from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT, Motor Racing Network Radio and SiriusXM Radio with additional coverage on NASCAR.COM.

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.

Jul 05 | Toyota’s Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth Sweep Front Row for Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Toyota dominated Friday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola qualifying with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch bringing home the pole and teammate Matt Kenseth taking the outside pole for Saturday’s 160-lap, 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Toyota dominated Friday’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola qualifying with Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch bringing home the pole and teammate Matt Kenseth taking the outside pole for Saturday’s 160-lap, 400-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch, who captured the 2008 mid-summer classic, posted a time of 46.459, 193.723 mph. Busch’s only other pole at the 2.5-mile tri-oval came in the 2010 DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race when qualifying was canceled due to weather and the field was set by the qualifying draw.

“Whether it’s speedways or whether it’s open race tracks, we seem to be qualifying a lot better this year,” Busch said. “I just wish that our finishing average was as good as our qualifying average because (my team has) done a really, really good job of all of that – helping me be fast this year on these one laps.”

Two-time Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth posted a fast lap of 193.299 mph to take the outside pole.

“It’s been pretty good the first two plate races,” said Kenseth of their restrictor-plate program. “We were pretty strong and we led a lot of laps and didn’t get to win either of them, but we led a lot of laps and were in position. I’m excited for tomorrow night.”

Rounding out the top five were Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne and Bowyer’s Michael Waltrip Racing teammate, Martin Truex Jr. The top qualifying rookie was Roush Fenway Racing’s Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who will roll off ninth.

Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

You can also catch the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola live from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT, Motor Racing Network Radio and Sirius XM Radio with additional coverage on NASCAR.COM.

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.

Jul 05 | “DIG” THIS! GREG BIFFLE AND TREVOR BAYNE WIN DAYTONA RISING 500, BREAK GROUND ON HISTORIC REDEVELOPMENT OF DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

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NASCAR drivers Greg Biffle and Trevor Bayne have each recorded major career milestones at Daytona International Speedway, but today they achieved a racing distinction that will never again be matched.

Groundbreaking

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 5, 2013) – NASCAR drivers Greg Biffle and Trevor Bayne have each recorded major career milestones at Daytona International Speedway, but today they achieved a racing distinction that will never again be matched.

The team of Biffle, who won the Coke Zero 400 here in 2003, and Bayne, who became the youngest-ever winner of the DAYTONA 500 in 2011, captured the first—and only—DAYTONA Rising 500, a competition featuring massive construction equipment in place of stock cars that bestowed upon the winners the honor of being the first to officially break ground on the DAYTONA Rising project, a historic, multi-year redevelopment of the nearly mile-long, 54-year-old frontstretch at the “World Center of Racing.”

The DAYTONA Rising 500—the 500, in this case, signifying the approximate size of the race course (500 feet)—pitted pairings of current and former NASCAR drivers, as well as crew chief Larry McReynolds, in a test of competitive driving skills by guiding branded, 20-ton Cat® 950K Wheel Loaders through a series of obstacles and construction-site skill tests. In addition to Biffle and Bayne, the teams included drivers Jeff Burton and Ryan Newman, as well as McReynolds and NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip.

The winners of the DAYTONA Rising 500 earned the honor of breaking ground on the Speedway’s unprecedented redevelopment project, which will officially begin on Monday, July 8 following this weekend’s Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and is expected to be completed for January 2016, in time for the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 58th DAYTONA 500.

“An historic project like DAYTONA Rising, which will reimagine an iconic American venue like Daytona International Speedway, demands a groundbreaking like no other,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “In keeping with the Speedway’s tradition, we wanted to find an innovative way to honor history and create memorable moments for our fans, which is ultimately what the DAYTONA Rising project is all about. We can’t wait to get started.”

B-roll footage from today’s DAYTONA Rising 500 can be accessed here:

http://kefmediastream.com/download_links/Daytona_Rising_500.zip

The DAYTONA Rising project, which was officially approved by International Speedway Corporation on June 18, is designed to enhance the overall experience for the Speedway’s fans, marketing partners and the motorsports industry by creating a world-class facility with premium amenities.

The vision for the frontstretch redevelopment places an emphasis on enhancing the complete fan experience, beginning with five expanded and redesigned fan entrances, or injectors, along International Speedway Boulevard. Each injector will lead directly to a series of escalators and elevators that will transport fans to any of three different concourse levels, each featuring spacious and strategically-placed social “neighborhoods” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch.

A total of 11 neighborhoods, each measuring the size of a football field, will enable fans to meet and socialize during events without ever missing any on-track action, thanks to an open-sightline design throughout each concourse and dozens of added video screens in every neighborhood. The central neighborhood, dubbed the “World Center of Racing,” will celebrate the history of Daytona International Speedway and its many unforgettable moments throughout more than 50 years of racing.

Every seat in the Speedway frontstretch will be replaced with wider and more comfortable seating, with more restrooms and concession stands throughout the facility. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will be comprised of approximately 101,000 permanent seats with the potential to increase permanent seating to 125,000.

For more information, please visit www.DaytonaRising.com and www.redevelopdaytona.com.

About Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is the home of “The Great American Race” – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of “World Center of Racing.” In addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.

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