May 22 | Two DAYTONA 500 Champions Among the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class

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“The NASCAR Hall of Fame continues to honor those that have made great contributions to our sport and this year’s inductees all have strong connections to the history here at the ‘World Center of Racing,’ ” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “This recognition is well deserved and speaks to the rich heritage of the sport.”

New Inductees Include Elliott, Lorenzen, Scott, Weatherly and White;
Anne B. France Recognized with the Landmark Award

The class of 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees was elected and announced on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., and two of the inductees are Daytona 500 champion drivers.

Included in the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame class were:

  • Bill Elliott: A two-time Daytona 500 champion, the Dawsonville, Ga., driver also owns a Daytona International Speedway record that will most likely never be broken – the fastest lap in a stock car. During 1987 Daytona 500 Qualifying, Elliott posted a fast lap of 210.364 mph. Overall, Elliott has 11 career wins at DIS and won the July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race twice in 1988 and 1991.
  • Fred Lorenzen: One of NASCAR’s first true superstars, Lorenzen was driving for Holman-Moody when he won the first rain shortened Daytona 500 in 1965. With rain approaching, Lorenzen, nicknamed the “Golden Boy,” was in a tight battle for the lead with Marvin Panch. As the two drivers battled coming off of Turn 2, they made contact and Panch spun down the backstretch. The race was declared official after 133 laps.
  • Wendell Scott: One of NASCAR’s true trailblazers, Scott was the first African-American to race fulltime in NASCAR’s premier series, as well as the first to win a NASCAR premier series race. Scott posted a remarkable 147 top 10s and 495 starts during his 13-year premier series career. He won more than 100 races at local tracks before making his premier series debut, including 22 races at Southside Speedway in Richmond, Virginia, in 1959 en route to capturing both the Sportsman Division and NASCAR Virginia Sportsman championships. Part of Scott’s NASCAR legacy extends to present day with NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, the leading youth development initiative for multicultural and female drivers across the motorsport industry since 2004.
  • Joe Weatherly: Weatherly won two championships (1962-63) and 25 races in NASCAR’s premier series. But that’s only part of his story, which is long on versatility. A decade earlier in 1952-53, he won 101 races in the NASCAR Modified division, capturing that championship in 1953. He even tried his hand in NASCAR’s short-lived Convertible Division from 1956-59 winning 12 times. When he won his first NASCAR premier series championship, in 1962, he drove for legendary owner Bud Moore. When he repeated as champion a year later, he drove for nine different teams. At Daytona International Speedway, Weatherly captured back-to-back victories in the qualifying races in 1961 and 1962 and finished second in the inaugural Firecracker 250 in 1959.
  • Rex White: Consistency was the hallmark of Rex White’s NASCAR career. He finished among the top five in nearly a half of his 233 races and outside the top 10 only 30 percent of the time. White was a short-track specialist in an era in which those tracks dominated the schedule. Of his 28 career wins in NASCAR’s premier series, only two came on tracks longer than a mile in length. Driving his own equipment, White won six times during his 1960 championship season, posting 35 top 10s in 40 starts. He finished in the top 10 six of his nine years in the series including a runner-up finish in 1961.

In addition, NASCAR announced that Anne B. France won the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

France, paired with her husband, NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway founder Bill France Sr., would create what today is one of the largest and most popular sports in the world. Anne played a huge role in the family business. “Big Bill” organized and promoted races; she took care of the financial end of the business. She first served as secretary and treasurer of NASCAR, and when Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959, served in the same roles for the International Speedway Corporation. She also managed the speedway's ticket office. France remained active in family and business life until her passing in 1992.

 “The NASCAR Hall of Fame continues to honor those that have made great contributions to our sport and this year’s inductees all have strong connections to the history here at the ‘World Center of Racing,’ ” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “This recognition is well deserved and speaks to the rich heritage of the sport.”

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook 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.

May 20 | Daytona International Speedway to host 2014 Sports Career Summit on June 11

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The 2014 Sports Career Summit will run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and participants can register by visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/careersummit

Those interested in a career within the sports industry will have a unique opportunity to tour the “World Center of Racing” on Wednesday, June 11 as well as hear from three top Florida sports executives in the 2014 Sports Career Summit.

The special day-long program will provide information and knowledge on how to break into the sports industry and the chance to network with sports executives, directors and managers.

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, Jacksonville Jaguars Vice President of Communications Dan Edwards and Orlando City Soccer Club Owner/President Phil Rawlins will have presentations and Orlando Sentinel sports columnist and sports radio host Mike Bianchi will serve as the event emcee.

Other 2014 Sports Career Summit highlights include:

  • Facility tour and “hot laps” around the 2.5-mile superspeedway for the first 100 registered
  • Lunch
  • Two tickets for each participant to the 56th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 5

The 2014 Sports Career Summit will run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and participants can register by visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/careersummit

Fans can follow NASCAR and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #NASCAR, Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook 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.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

May 19 | Jimmie Johnson Appearance Highlights “The 48 Family Experience”

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Jimmie Johnson, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and the two-time Daytona 500 winner, will team up once again with Daytona International Speedway for a special ticket package named “The 48 Family Experience.”

Jimmie Johnson Family Experience

A popular ticket package for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway has returned.

Jimmie Johnson, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and the two-time Daytona 500 winner, will team up once again with Daytona International Speedway for a special ticket package named “The 48 Family Experience.”

The special ticket package, available starting at $48 per ticket for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, includes:

  • A grandstand ticket to the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 5
  • 15-minute question-and-answer session with Johnson inside the air-conditioned Velocitorium that is located outside Turn 4
  • Prior to the question-and-answer session, children will have the opportunity to put together a Lowe’s Build and Grow race car
  • Special Daytona International Speedway giveaways

Tickets for “The 48 Family Experience” ticket package are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/48 or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.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.

May 12 | DIS to host NASCAR Day Celebration on Friday, May 16

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Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Daytona International Speedway will celebrate NASCAR Day in front of the Ticket and Tours Office with lunch specials, raffle prizes and music. In addition, OneBlood will host a blood drive on-site from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

NASCAR Day 2015

Daytona International Speedway, home to NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race the DAYTONA 500, will host its NASCAR Day celebration on Friday, May 16.

The event will help spread awareness of The NASCAR Foundation and its mission to ensure children can focus on learning by addressing their medical needs.  All proceeds from the celebration at the “World Center of Racing” will stay in the local community and benefit The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics unit at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach.

Between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Daytona International Speedway will celebrate NASCAR Day in front of the Ticket and Tours Office with lunch specials, raffle prizes and music. In addition, OneBlood will host a blood drive on-site from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Lunch combos will be available for $3 and raffle tickets are $1 with prizes available such as:

  • Richard Petty Driving Experience ride-along package
  • Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola tickets and Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE passes
  • Accommodations at area hotels
  • Autographed items including a DAYTONA 500 Champion jacket signed by 2014 DAYTONA 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • LEGOLAND tickets
  • Round of golf on The Players Stadium Course  and Dye’s Valley course at TPC Sawgrass including hotel accommodations  

The NASCAR Foundation pins and wristbands will be available for a donation.

Fans can follow NASCAR and The NASCAR Foundation on Twitter (@NASCAR and @NASCAR_FDN) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #forthekids and #speediatrics. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook 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.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

May 02 | 2015 Daytona Supercross Scheduled for March 7

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Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto will be riding for history in the 2015 Daytona Supercross as he looks to tie Ricky Carmichael’s record of five Daytona Supercross victories.

Ryan Villopoto

Daytona International Speedway to host only Monster Energy Supercross race in Florida

The Daytona Supercross, the longest continuous Supercross event in America, will be held on Saturday night, March 7 at Daytona International Speedway. The prestigious and physically demanding event will once again be the only stop in Florida for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in 2015.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Advance general admission tickets start at $35 and kid tickets start at $10.

The field of riders will be a who’s who of Supercross including past Daytona winners James Stewart and Chad Reed as well as Trey Canard, Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Justin Barcia and Davi Millsaps.

For the eight straight year, the Daytona Supercross will once again be a Ricky Carmichael Signature Design and Carmichael says the course will have a fresh look.

“I’m ready for some changes to the course,” Carmichael said. “It’s an honor to be able to design the layout for the Daytona Supercross. It’s always been a brutal and demanding race on the riders and I’ve got some new ideas on making the course even more exciting for the fans.”

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

Also returning in 2015 will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross.

Fans can 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

About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" - the Daytona 500 – as well as the Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car classic and the Daytona 200 motorcycle race. The enormous 500-acre motorsports complex also boasts one of the most diverse schedules 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.

About Monster Energy Supercross

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is an off-road motorcycle racing competition, produced inside the world’s premier stadiums, where dirt is brought in and sculpted using construction equipment. Widely regarded as the king of extreme sports, Monster Energy Supercross is considered the NASCAR of motocross. Some of the world’s greatest athletes compete in what has been described as the most physically demanding sport in existence.

May 02 | DAYTONA Rising May Project Update: Daytona International Speedway Continues to Take Shape

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Less than one week ago, the first escalator was raised and installed on the West end of the frontstretch as part of the new vertical transportation. Additionally, the Speedway continued steel and metal stud installation during the last month of construction.

Escalator Installation

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Construction activities for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project are heating up. In less than 12 months, Daytona International Speedway has installed 7,000 tons of steel and poured over 13,000 cubic yards of concrete to develop the world’s first motorsports stadium. 

Less than one week ago, the first escalator was raised and installed on the West end of the frontstretch as part of the new vertical transportation. Additionally, the Speedway continued steel and metal stud installation during the last month of construction. 

Upcoming construction activities include:

  • Continue installing stairs and escalators at West and East ends of the project
  • Completion of elevator shaft in Injector 1 and 5 will occur in early to mid May
  • Ongoing steel installation in Injectors 2, 3 and 4
  • Interior build out of restrooms, merchandise areas, concession stands and neighborhood bar in Injector 1
  • Service level masonry work in all areas is in progress
  • Continuing Installation of litter shield, seating treads and risers in Injector 1
  • Underground cable pulling for the stadium’s new power system to feed the new stadium is in progress

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. 

Toyota recently became the first Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through over 20,000 square feet of engagement area, branding rights for the Toyota Injector and one of the new neighborhoods. 

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.  Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information. 

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.

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