Dec 17 | Southern Oregon University, Marian University (Ind.) Visit ‘World Center of Racing’

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The national championship game between Marian University (Ind.) and Southern Oregon University is scheduled for Friday, 3 p.m. at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium (TV – ESPNU).

NAIA Press Conference

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the City of Daytona Beach and the Daytona International Speedway hosted the annual NAIA Football National Championship Press Conference and Team Challenge on Wednesday morning.

The head coach and team captains of Marian University (Ind.) and Southern Oregon University participated in the press conference and teams took tours of the “World Center of Racing” and enjoyed “hot laps” around the famed 2.5-mile tri-oval in pace cars.

Prior to a luncheon in the DAYTONA 500 Club, the quarterbacks, Southern Oregon University’s Austin Dodge and Marian University’s Hayden Northern, participated in a quarterback challenge where they tossed footballs from the flagstand to targets located in the tri-oval grass.

The national championship game between Marian University (Ind.) and Southern Oregon University is scheduled for Friday, 3 p.m. at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium (TV – ESPNU).

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NAIA Press Conference

Dec 16 | UNOH Named Official Educational Partner of Daytona International Speedway

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Ohio-Based School is Home to the Nation’s First Motorsports Degree Program

UNOH

Daytona International Speedway (DIS) today announced a new partnership with the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) naming the school the Official Educational Partner at the “World Center of Racing.”  UNOH invented the first high-performance degree program in the country and in 2006, opened the largest U.S. facility dedicated to learning the science of high-performance vehicles – a seven-acre, 70,000-square foot high performance motorsports complex.

The partnership with DIS provides UNOH with on-site marketing presence including event signage, display space, tickets and hospitality. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We’re excited to grow our relationship with the University of Northwestern Ohio with this new partnership,” Track President Joie Chitwood III said. “UNOH is widely recognized throughout the country for their motorsports degree program and we’re looking forward to working with them on a number of new initiatives.”

“Everyone at the University of Northwestern Ohio is very excited and proud to continue our relationship with Daytona International Speedway as their ‘Official Educational Partner,’ ” said Dr. Jeffrey A. Jarvis, President of UNOH.  “This partnership allows UNOH to reach out to the young men and women whose passion is high performance motorsports, and also provides the racing industry with highly skilled employees who graduate from UNOH.”

In 1992, UNOH invented the first high-performance degree program in the country and has since been training students with the latest technology available in the industry. Students receive first-hand motorsports mechanical training.

Tickets for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 as well as other Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500 and #SPEEDWEEKS. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook 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.


About Daytona International Speedway

Known as the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway has activity nearly every day of the year hosting stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and karts.  Daytona International Speedway has at least eight major race weekends a year with premier events such as the DAYTONA 500, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Independence Day holiday weekend, the Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car event, the Daytona Supercross and the Daytona 200 motorcycle classic. In addition, Daytona International Speedway showcases daily track tours and is home to the winning DAYTONA 500 car.


About UNOH

The University of Northwestern Ohio, located in Lima, Ohio, is an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit, university founded in 1920. The University’s High Performance program provides extensive training in welding and fabrication, engine machining, custom engine building, steering and suspension, drive lines, accessories trends, fuels, electronics, and ignitions.  UNOH’s High Performance Motorsports Complex is the only one of its kind in the world.  Inside you’ll find cutting-edge technology and equipment. UNOH is the only university to own a racetrack, Limaland Motorsports Park, and offer athletic scholarships for Motorsports.  Students can join the Technical Support Team and work with one of Limaland’s weekly racing teams or be a part of one of the UNOH student race teams that build, crew and drive the cars they race in every Friday night during race season.    

UNOH offers five colleges within the university: College of Business, College of Health Professions, College of Occupational Professions, College of Applied Technologies, and Graduate College.   UNOH offers more than 60 different programs of study including Master’s, Baccalaureate, Associate, and Diploma programs.  UNOH has educated students from all 50 states and 32 foreign countries, and currently has more than 4,500 students enrolled from 40 states and 28 foreign countries.

Dec 15 | Expanded 2015 Sprint Unlimited Field to Feature Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers

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Former Daytona 500 pole winners also added to season-opening showcase at Daytona

Sprint Unlimited

Coming off an exciting 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup finale, NASCAR announced today all 16 Chase drivers will be eligible to compete in the 2015 Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The 75-lap, non-points race will once again kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing season Saturday, Feb. 14 (FOX, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) and will feature an expanded field of drivers based on new eligibility requirements.

A minimum of 25 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are eligible to participate in the Sprint Unlimited at DIS.  In addition to the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup participants, the field also will include 2014 Pole Award winners, as well as former Sprint Unlimited race winners and Daytona 500 pole winners who competed in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2014. Any remaining spots will be filled by drivers highest in 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship points who are not already eligible.

“The 2015 Sprint Unlimited has potential to be one of the most competitive ever,” said NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer Steve O’Donnell. “With more drivers eligible, the intensity level increases for our fans and competitors, making for a compelling start to the 2015 season.”
 
The 2015 eligible participants include:

  • Kyle Busch (2014 pole winner)
  • Austin Dillon (2014 pole winner)
  • Jeff Gordon (2014 pole winner)
  • David Gilliland (2014 pole winner)
  • Denny Hamlin (2014 pole winner)
  • Kevin Harvick (2014 pole winner)
  • Jimmie Johnson (2014 pole winner)
  • Matt Kenseth (2014 pole winner)
  • Brad Keselowski (2014 pole winner)
  • Kyle Larson (2014 pole winner)
  • Joey Logano (2014 pole winner)
  • Jamie McMurray (2014 pole winner)
  • Brian Scott (2014 pole winner)
  • Tony Stewart (2014 pole winner)
  • Brian Vickers* (2014 pole winner)
  • Kurt Busch (former Sprint Unlimited winner)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. (former Sprint Unlimited winner)
  • Carl Edwards (former D500 pole winner)
  • Danica Patrick (former D500 pole winner)
  • Greg Biffle (former D500 pole winner)
  • Martin Truex Jr. (former D500 pole winner)
  • Ryan Newman (2014 Chase driver)
  • AJ Allmendinger (2014 Chase driver)
  • Kasey Kahne (2014 Chase driver)
  • Aric Almirola (2014 Chase driver)

(* – Michael Waltrip Racing today announced that Brian Vickers will not be available to race during the early part of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season due to health issues.) 

Tickets for the Sprint Unlimited are available online at DaytonaInternationalSpeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Fans can follow @NASCAR and @MissSprintCup on Twitter to engage in the #SprintUnlimited conversation.

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit http://www.NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company dedicated to delivering the best value in wireless. Sprint served 55 million customers as of September 30, 2014 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the last four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

Dec 11 | DAYTONA Rising Reaches 1,000 Daily On-Site Workers for First Time

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ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey Ranks Area Third Nationwide for Growth in 2015

DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA Rising, the historic $400 million redevelopment project at Daytona International Speedway, reached a major milestone on Wednesday when, for the first time since the project broke ground in July 2013, the on-site daily construction worker count exceeded 1,000. Construction of DAYTONA Rising is cited in ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey as a primary reason the Deltona, Fla., MSA (Daytona Beach included in this area) ranks third nationwide for growth in 2015.  

On Wednesday, 1,002 workers were on site at the “World Center of Racing” helping to create the nation’s first true motorsports stadium with the DAYTONA Rising project. The average daily worker count has been steadily rising since the fall. 

“This is another significant and important milestone in the project,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Construction workers are moving at full speed on DAYTONA Rising to ensure that all the amenities within the facility are ready for the 2015 racing season.” 

After achieving significant construction milestones related to the DAYTONA Rising project during the past year, including installation of the highest piece of steel in October, Daytona International Speedway is busy preparing for Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 events.  

Fans can get an early preview of DAYTONA Rising during the 53rd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25 and Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 (the stadium will officially open in 2016). Approximately 40,000 new seats will be available along with two of the five injectors/entrances, new concessions, several of the neighborhoods or social areas and the new vertical transportation.  

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 and Florida Hospital are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 40,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for two of the injectors/entrances and two 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.

Dec 09 | World-Renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to Perform Flyover for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22

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“The flyover by the Thunderbirds is a signature moment in the pre-race festivities for the DAYTONA 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.

Thunderbirds

For the fifth straight year, the world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will provide the flyover for the 57th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The Thunderbirds, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will fly their signature “Delta” formation over the “World Center of Racing” during the finale of the national anthem for “The Great American Race.”

The Thunderbirds have visited Daytona International Speedway to perform the flyover for the DAYTONA 500 for the past five years. In addition, the Thunderbirds also provided the flyover in 2008 for the historic 50th running of the DAYTONA 500.

“The flyover by the Thunderbirds is a signature moment in the pre-race festivities for the DAYTONA 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re proud and honored to be able to host this elite flying team and the thousands of race fans and the millions more watching on FOX Sports are looking forward to seeing them soar over Daytona International Speedway.”

“We have a long-standing relationship with the Daytona 500,” said LtCol Greg Moseley, the squadron’s commander and lead pilot. “We’re grateful to the Speedway for allowing us to share the Air Force story with race fans.”

The Thunderbirds feature six F-16 Fighting Falcons, the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter aircraft. 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 57th 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.

Dec 05 | DAYTONA Rising December Project Update: Daytona International Speedway Finishes The Year On A Strong Note

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“We had another great year and hit several major milestones along the way,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.

DAYTONA Rising

After achieving significant construction milestones related to the $400 million DAYTONA Rising project during the past year, Daytona International Speedway (DIS) is now preparing for the 53rd Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Budweiser Speedweeks 2015.  

“We had another great year and hit several major milestones along the way,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re now beginning to prepare the facility for the 2015 racing season to ensure that our fans enjoy some of its new amenities.” 

Fans can get an early preview of DAYTONA Rising during Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 (the stadium will officially open in 2016). Approximately 40,000 new seats will be available along with two of the five injectors/entrances, new concessions, several of the neighborhoods or social areas and the new vertical transportation.  




Key DAYTONA Rising Accomplishments to Date:

  • Installed more than:
    • 470,000 bolts
    • 90,000 square feet of metal panel skin
    • 20,000 tons of structural steel and miscellaneous metals

Upcoming Race-Ready Activities:

  • Install temporary Americrown® kitchens and miscellaneous trailers
  • Prepare vertical transportation for final testing
  • Set up more than 4,000 feet of construction fencing

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 and Florida Hospital are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 40,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for two of the injectors/entrances and two 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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