Dec 23 | Like Father, Like Son: Chase Elliott Takes His First Laps Around Daytona

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Bill Elliott has a big place in the history of racing at Daytona International Speedway. He is a two-time Daytona 500 champion and the record holder for the fastest lap around DIS in a stock car with a speed of 210.364 mph.

Chase Elliott takes his first laps around Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bill Elliott has a big place in the history of racing at Daytona International Speedway. He is a two-time Daytona 500 champion and the record holder for the fastest lap around DIS in a stock car with a speed of 210.364 mph.

On Friday, the next chapter in the Elliott legacy at the “World Center of Racing” began as Elliott’s son Chase took his first laps around the storied 2.5-mile tri-oval as part of the three-day ARCA Racing Presented By Menards test session.

“It was really exciting for me,” Elliott said of his first laps driving the No. 9 Hendrickcars.com Chevrolet around Daytona. “I told Dad this when we were flying down here, it’s weird coming down here and not to come watch him (drive). It’s kind of a weird feeling for him and I both.”

Elliott is among the approximately 40 drivers that are taking part in the three-day test session that teams are using to prepare for the Lucas Oil 200 Presented By MAV TV American Real on Saturday, Feb. 15, part of Budweiser Speedweeks 2014.

“The race track has been good,” Elliott said. “Doing qualifying runs is pretty straight forward. If we ever get a chance to do a little bit of drafting, that’s where I’m going to have to learn a lot there. The superspeedway stuff is different for me.”

Bill Elliott is in attendance for the test and Chase plans to pick his brain when it comes to drafting.

“I think his knowledge and his experience is going to be more so beneficial when it comes time to be around other cars,” Elliott said. “I think he’s one of the best when it comes to understanding the air and what it takes to take advantage of it when you’re with other guys around you and trying to get runs on people. Whenever that side comes into play, I’m sure he is going to have some tips for me.”

The 18-year-old Elliott of Dawsonville, Ga., is one of the rising stars in stock car racing. He is a developmental driver for Hendrick Motorsports and has been competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, ARCA and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

In 2013, he accomplished some impressive achievements.

In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, he made nine starts and posted five top-five finishes, including becoming the youngest winner in series’ history with a surprising victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He also became the youngest pole winner in the series’ history at Bristol Motor Speedway.

In ARCA, he became that series’ youngest winner at Pocono Raceway in June.

Elliott’s plans for the 2014 season have not been finalized but he does have plans to compete in the Lucas Oil 200 Presented by MAV American Real, the 80-lap, 200-mile race that is held prior to The Sprint Unlimited.

“To finally be able to come down here and be a part of this is pretty neat,” Elliott said.

ARCA testing continues through Sunday and is open free to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand through the lobby of the Daytona International Speedway Tours and Ticket Building.

Tickets for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com

Dec 19 | Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V Back Home at Daytona International Speedway

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Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V Back Home at Daytona International Speedway. Iconic Land Speed Record Vehicle Loaded Back Into the DIS Ticket and Tours Building on Wednesday.

Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V Returns to Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sir Malcolm Campbell’s Bluebird V has returned home to Daytona International Speedway.

The historic 28-foot, three-inch, 10,000-pound Bluebird V departed the “World Center of Racing” back in June to go on display at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, the world’s biggest and most diverse celebration of the history of motorsport held on the grounds of the Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.

The historic land speed record was later on display at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, England before returning back to the United States at Charleston, S.C. on Dec. 12. After a short drive down I-95, Campbell’s Bluebird V, which set a land speed record of 276.82 mph in Daytona Beach back in 1935, was loaded back into the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building on Wednesday.

Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – start at $65 and are available at 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, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com

Dec 17 | 52nd Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona Set for 2:30 p.m. Start

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The 52nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the debut event for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, will start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.

The 52nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the debut event for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, will start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.

Other schedule highlights include Rolex 24 At Daytona qualifying on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 3:45 p.m., the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race on Friday, Jan. 24 at 1:45 p.m. and a pair of IMSA Ferrari Challenge races on Friday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 a.m. and Saturday at 9:35 a.m.

The complete event schedule is available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

The TUDOR Championship is the result of the merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón.  

Tickets, including infield camping and parking, for the 52nd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Roar Before The Rolex 24 three-day test session scheduled for Jan. 3-5 can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.imsa.com, go on Twitter at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (@UnitedSportsCar) and the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge (@SUNOCO_UK). Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

Dec 16 | “The 48 Family Experience” Ticket Package for the 56th Annual Daytona 500

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Jimmie Johnson Appearance Highlights “The 48 Family Experience” Ticket Package for the 56th Annual Daytona 500

Jimmie Johnson Offer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway has teamed up with six-time defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and the two-time defending Daytona 500 champion Jimmie Johnson for a special ticket package – “The 48 Family Experience” – for the 56th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 23.

“The 48 Family Experience” package, which is available for $148 and will go on sale Dec. 17, includes:

  • One adult Daytona 500 backstretch tower seat
  • One child (ages 12 & under) Daytona 500 backstretch tower seat
  • 15-minute question and answer session with Johnson
  • Children attending the question and answer session will have the opportunity to put together a Lowe’s Build and Grow race car
  • Daytona International Speedway special giveaways

Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports, is coming off a magical 2013 racing season in which he won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. He also made Daytona International Speedway history by sweeping both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at the “World Center of Racing.”

Johnson became the first driver since NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1982 to win 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).

 Tickets for “The 48 Family Experience” are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/48 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, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com

Dec 12 | DAYTONA Rising Project Helps To Drive Projected Volusia County Hiring Boom

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The recently released Manpower Employment Outlook Survey from ManpowerGroup found that more employers in Volusia County plan to hire workers in Quarter 1 2014 than in any other part of the country. DAYTONA Rising — the massive $400 million redevelopment project at Daytona International Speedway — was cited as a key source of expected growth in the construction industry which led local industries for the upcoming quarter.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The recently released Manpower Employment Outlook Survey from ManpowerGroup found that more employers in Volusia County plan to hire workers in Quarter 1 2014 than in any other part of the country. DAYTONA Rising — the massive $400 million redevelopment project at Daytona International Speedway — was cited as a key source of expected growth in the construction industry which led local industries for the upcoming quarter. This represents the first time that Volusia County has led the country in Manpower’s hiring forecast.

“For more than 50 years, Daytona International Speedway has served as a key economic pillar in Volusia County,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “DAYTONA Rising enables us to continue creating opportunities for our talented and hard-working local business partners. This is an exciting time for our community.”

The DAYTONA Rising project broke ground in July 2013 and will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500.

For more information on the survey, please visit: http://press.manpower.com/.

About DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA Rising is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. 

DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500. DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a key source of expected job growth in Volusia County as part of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

 

Barton Malow is serving as the design-builder for the project. In addition to DAYTONA Rising, Barton Malow has renovated the University of Michigan “Big House” and the Rose Bowl.

 

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm for the past 40 years, which headed the design for Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums, is leading the master planning of the DAYTONA Rising site.

 

Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

 

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

 

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.

Dec 10 | The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, known worldwide for their precision aerobatics, will return to Daytona International Speedway to perform the flyover for the prestigious 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 23.

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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, known worldwide for their precision aerobatics, will return to Daytona International Speedway to perform the flyover for the prestigious 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 23.

Thunderbirds

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, known worldwide for their precision aerobatics, will return to Daytona International Speedway to perform the flyover for the prestigious 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 23.

It’s the fourth consecutive year that the flying team, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will be at the “World Center of Racing” to perform the flyover for “The Great American Race.” For the 2013 DAYTONA 500, the Thunderbirds were unable to fly their signature "Delta" formation flyover due to cloud ceilings below mandatory minimums.

The Thunderbirds also provided the flyover in 2008 for the 50th running of the DAYTONA 500.

The Thunderbirds flyover will feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter aircraft, soaring over the Speedway at the end of the national anthem.

“We’re deeply honored and privileged to have the USAF Thunderbirds return, and we’re looking forward to witnessing an exhilarating flyover during the pre-race ceremonies for the DAYTONA 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “The sight and sound of the Thunderbirds flying above Daytona International Speedway will give goose bumps to the thousands of race fans in attendance and the millions more watching on FOX Sports.”

After the federal budget sequester took effect in the spring, the flying team was forced to cancel all but one of their 2013 performances. In October, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the Thunderbirds will be back on the road next year.

“We are absolutely excited for another opportunity to showcase American air power at one of the signature events in our great country,” said Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, Thunderbirds commander and lead pilot. “The Daytona crowd is incredible, and we plan on giving them a flyover they deserve.”

Assigned to Air Combat Command, the squadron is composed of 12 officers and more than 100 enlisted Airmen serving in about 30 Air Force job specialties.

Since the unit's inception in 1953, more than 350 million people in all 50 states and more than 60 countries have witnessed the distinctive red, white and blue jets in thousands of official aerial demonstrations.

Tickets for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

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