Apr 15 | DAYTONA Rising Creates Opportunities For Local Construction Firms, Welcomes New Families To Daytona Beach Area

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The Speedway and its design-builder, Barton Malow, have awarded subcontracts, sub-subcontracts and purchase orders to Volusia County firms for the following areas: demolition, fencing, metal wall panels, asphalt, grading, drywall, plumbing, lumber supply, electrical, roofing, landscaping and masonry.

DAYTONA Rising workers

After a successful beginning to the 2014 motorsports event season, Daytona International Speedway is now ramping up construction activities for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. More than 65 Volusia County-based businesses have been involved in the DAYTONA Rising project since its groundbreaking nearly one year ago, a number that is expected to grow as the project progresses. 

The Speedway and its design-builder, Barton Malow, have awarded subcontracts, sub-subcontracts and purchase orders to Volusia County firms for the following areas: demolition, fencing, metal wall panels, asphalt, grading, drywall, plumbing, lumber supply, electrical, roofing, landscaping and masonry. Local firms are excited about the opportunity to be part of DAYTONA Rising: 

  • “Barton Malow has created an outstanding team and we’re grateful to be one of the many local partners working on this massive project,” said P&S Paving Vice President Todd Phillips. P&S Paving, an asphalt paving, heavy highway contractor serving Volusia County, is providing paving and dirt services. 


  • “Our company has a long history working with the Speedway so we’re thrilled to be part of this important project,” said A. W. Baylor Versapanel-Plastering Vice President Jim Crews. “Barton Malow and DAYTONA Rising are energizing the community by providing local companies with an opportunity to work on a large-scale project for the next several years.” A. W. Baylor Versapanel-Plastering, a commercial construction firm based in Ormond Beach, Fla., is fabricating light gauge metal stud panels, installing all of the interior wall and ceiling framing as well as installing all drywall and plastering.  

  • “We’ve worked with the Speedway for more than 20 years so we understand the high expectations for DAYTONA Rising,” said Coleman Goodemote Construction President Charles Coleman. “Barton Malow is an outstanding partner and we look forward to helping them with this important project.” Coleman Goodemote Construction, a full-service commercial construction company based in Daytona Beach, is assisting with race-ready preparation for key Speedway events.  

Several members of the Barton Malow team have relocated to the greater Daytona Beach area to establish personal partnerships with the many local firms working on the project. Len Moser, a Barton Malow vice president and DAYTONA Rising's project executive, moved from Gwinnett County in Georgia to Ormond Beach with his wife and two children in June 2013. Moser is impressed with the passion for the project within the community. 

“From day one, our local partners have demonstrated their strong commitment to DAYTONA Rising,” said Moser. “Their dedication is helping to transform the Speedway’s vision into reality. This project is an extremely rewarding experience for me personally and professionally.”

Jason McFadden, Barton Malow’s director of project management, moved from Atlanta to Ponce Inlet, Fla. with his wife in October 2012. McFadden embraces the challenges associated with this once-in-a-lifetime project and has also experienced the local enthusiasm for DAYTONA Rising. 

“The overwhelming support from the Daytona Beach community continues to inspire us on a daily basis,” said McFadden. “We’re proud of the progress to date and look forward to the road ahead. We have a great team in place and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to make an impact through the DAYTONA Rising project.”

 

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.

Apr 07 | David Strahan Promoted to Senior Director of Sales

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“With David’s leadership and expertise, he has quickly become an integral part of the team,” Chitwood said. “His promotion is well deserved and we look forwarding to his ongoing contributions.”

David Strahan has been promoted to Senior Director of Sales at Daytona International Speedway, Track President Joie Chitwood III announced.

Strahan, who joined Daytona International Speedway in August 2013, will oversee the sales department at the “World Center of Racing.” He will also continue to spearhead the “We Built Daytona” platform, which is designed specifically for partners involved in the construction of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation project.

“With David’s leadership and expertise, he has quickly become an integral part of the team,” Chitwood said. “His promotion is well deserved and we look forwarding to his ongoing contributions.”

Prior to joining Daytona International Speedway, Strahan for the past 10 years has served as a Senior Account Manager and Account Executive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he secured, developed and executed sponsorship programs.

Strahan is a graduate of Ball State University.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.  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.

Apr 04 | DAYTONA Rising April Project Update: Daytona International Speedway Prepares To Take The Fan Experience to New Heights

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“Our new motorsports stadium will have the most escalators of any sports stadium in the nation,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Fans will be able to easily navigate the new venue and access the new amenities and enhanced offerings.”

Escalator

Construction activities for the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project are back in full swing. During the next month, the Speedway will begin to install the infrastructure for the new escalators and vertical transportation.  

“Our new motorsports stadium will have the most escalators of any sports stadium in the nation,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “Fans will be able to easily navigate the new venue and access the new amenities and enhanced offerings.”  

 Here is a recap of key construction activities since the last update in March:

  • Began the demolition process on West end of the Petty Tower seating section.
  • Continued stair installation on West and East ends of the project.
  • Ongoing masonry at ground level including elevator tower on West end and new care center location near the existing Gate 8.  

 

Upcoming construction activities:

  • Begin the escalator installation process at West and East ends of the project.
  • Initial installation of aluminum grandstand system.
  • Ongoing steel installation.

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.

Apr 03 | Florida Governor Rick Scott Tours DAYTONA Rising

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Scott got an up-close view of the steel structure on the east end of the “World Center of Racing” prior to a Florida Department of Transportation press conference at the DIS Ticket and Tours Building.

On Thursday morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott took a tour of the DAYTONA Rising project, the $400 million frontstretch renovation project. 

Scott got an up-close view of the steel structure on the east end of the “World Center of Racing” prior to a Florida Department of Transportation press conference at the DIS Ticket and Tours Building. 

Governor Rick Scott Tours DAYTONA RisingFrom left to right, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation (ISC) Lesa France Kennedy and Chairman of ISC Jim France on the DAYTONA Rising construction site.
 

Governor Rick Scott Tours Daytona Tours BuildingDaytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, left, and Florida Governor Rick Scott take a look at the winning 2014 DAYTONA 500 car of Dale Earnhardt Jr. that is on display inside the Ticket and Tours Building.

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.

Mar 15 | Triumph’s Danny Eslick Triumphs in Daytona 200

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“This one was pretty nerve-wracking,” Eslick said. “This is one of the biggest races in the world. Obviously the biggest one I’ve ever won. Laguna Seca was pretty special a couple of years ago. But anything involved with Daytona is pretty incredible. This trophy is going to sit up loud and proud right in the middle of my house.”

Triumph rider Danny Eslick dominated Saturday’s 73rd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Daytona International Speedway, winning from the pole and leading 44 of the 57 laps.

Eslick, riding the No. 69 Triumph Daytona 675, became the first rider to win the Daytona 200 aboard a Triumph since the late Gary Nixon in 1967.

The Broken Arrow, Okla., rider won by a margin of 10.975 seconds.

“It’s awesome,” Eslick said. “I’ve gotten the pole before. My very first 200 I got fourth. There’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of years have passed by to get this victory. It means a lot.”

While Eslick had some fierce racing with riders Jason DiSalvo and Dane Westby during the race, pit stops from his Riders Discount Racing Triumph team proved to be the difference.

Pit stops for the Daytona 200 are the most important thing,” Eslick said. “You can’t have bad stops and we had great pit stops.”

After taking the checkered flag, Eslick put on an enthusiastic celebration that included a victory lap with the checkered flag.

“This one was pretty nerve-wracking,” Eslick said. “This is one of the biggest races in the world. Obviously the biggest one I’ve ever won. Laguna Seca was pretty special a couple of years ago. But anything involved with Daytona is pretty incredible. This trophy is going to sit up loud and proud right in the middle of my house.”

Rounding out the podium were Yamaha riders Jake Gagne and Jake Lewis.

 

AMA SuperBike Round 2

The AMA Pro SuperBike Race 2 came down to a four-bike shootout between Graves Yamaha riders Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes, and Yoshimura Suzuki’s Roger Hayden and Martin Cardenas.

With six laps remaining, Hayes ran off the course in Turn 1 due to mechanical issues on his No. 4 Yamaha.

On the final lap, Beaubier drafted past Hayden coming out of the chicane to win by .090 seconds.

“I knew it was going to be close if I let everyone onto the banking. It all just kind of worked out,” Beaubier said. “Roger had to stretch it out coming out of the chicane, which was good for me because he kind of pulled me back in the draft. Then I was able to get him across the line and I’m really happy.”

Beaubier, who won last year’s Daytona 200, led 11 of the 15 laps aboard his No. 2 Yamaha.

 

AMA Pro SuperSport Round 2

For the second straight day, Corey Alexander and Wyatt Farris led a 1-2 Celtic/Hvmc Racing finish in the 10-lap SuperSport race.

“The past three years I’ve been on the podium and I hadn’t gotten a win,” Alexander said. “I kind of lucked out every time. I’m really happy to come here and pull off the double and just give them a good show.”

Hayden Gillim on a Suzuki finished third.

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.

Mar 15 | Honda Riders Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Brandon Wilhelm Deliver Victories on Second Night of Daytona Flat Track

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Coolbeth Jr. slipped past Jake Johnson’s No. 5 Honda on Lap 5 and drove away from the 18-rider field to win the 25-lap AMA Pro Grand National Expert Singles Main Event while Wilhelm led the final five laps with Justin Jones slipping to third after being passed by runner-up finisher Davis Fisher (Honda), his first career podium.

A victory at the Daytona Flat Track has eluded Kenny Coolbeth Jr. over the years. On Friday night, he finally hoisted the winner’s trophy as a champion at the “World Center of Racing.”

Coolbeth Jr., riding the No. 2 Honda, slipped past Jake Johnson’s No. 5 Honda on Lap 5 and drove away from the 18-rider field to win the 25-lap AMA Pro Grand National Expert Singles Main Event at the Daytona Flat Track.

“I’ve wanted this one for a long time,” said the 36-year-old Coolbeth Jr., whose margin of victory was 4.069 seconds. “I’ve got seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths all the way back. I’ve been working hard all winter. Obviously a good team, I think we have the best equipment and this is a good way to open the season.”

The victory was Coolbeth Jr.’s 30th career Grand National Championship win.

“Kenny found something, he was on fire,” Johnson said. “We’ve been friends for a long time. If somebody was going to take it away from me, I was glad it was him.” 

Stevie Bonsey completed the Honda sweep of the podium.

In the Pro Singles Main event, Brandon Wilhelm (Honda), who finished third on Thursday night, brought home the victory by a margin of .520 seconds.

“I can’t believe this is happening right now,” said Wilhelm of Aurora, Ind. “It feels so good. The track was slick and I had to work the throttle and it turned out in my favor. It’s a great feeling.”

Wilhelm, Justin Jones (Honda) and Ryan Wells (KTM) broke away from the rest of the field for most of the race. But with a few laps remaining, Gerit Callies put down his Honda in Turn 3 bringing out the red flag and setting up a five-lap shootout.

Wilhelm led the final five laps with Justin Jones slipping to third after being passed by runner-up finisher Davis Fisher (Honda), his first career podium.

Wells, who won Thursday night’s Pro Singles Main Event, slipped back to fifth.

In the six-lap Expert Dash For Cash, featuring the top two riders in each of the Expert Heats, was won by Johnson. Riders winning the 10-lap Expert Heats were Bonsey, Johnson and Brandon Robinson. In the Expert semifinals Mikey Rush and Daniel Ingram captured the victories.

On Saturday, motorcycle racing at Daytona International Speedway concludes with the 73rd Daytona 200 and the SuperBike Race 2. For more information and tickets for all Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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.

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