Sep 01 | Annual 9-11 ‘Drive to Donate’ Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 12 at DIS
Each donor will receive Daytona International Speedway tour ticket
Over the years “Drive to Donate” has become one of the state’s longest running and most successful blood drives. What began as a tribute to the victims of September 11 has become a very successful annual event where locals have the unique opportunity to honor and remember all those affected by 9/11.
Again this year, Daytona International Speedway and OneBlood are bringing together the Central Florida community for the 9/11 “Drive to Donate” Blood Drive on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the “World Center of Racing.” This is the 10th straight year that the Speedway will serve as the location for the blood drive, which is also receiving support from Orlando NBC television affiliate WESH Ch. 2.
The “Drive to Donate” Blood Drive will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside the DAYTONA 500 Club, located in the infield and just outside Gatorade Victory Lane. Donors can enter the Speedway through the Turn 4 tunnel.
Every guest who comes to donate will receive:
A free Speedway Tours admission ticket
A special edition T-shirt
A chance to win two DAYTONA 500 Club packages
A chance to win two 2016 Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola packages, if a minimum of 900 units of blood is collected.
To make an appointment and find out more about the “Drive To Donate” Blood Drive, visit www.drivetodonate.com or call 1-888-9-DONATE. All donors who make an appointment in advance will be entered to win one of five pairs of tickets to the 2016 Lucas Oil 200 and Sprint Unlimited doubleheader on Feb. 13.
Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) 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.
Aug 07 | DAYTONA Rising August Project Update: DAYTONA Rising Hits Two-Year Mark
“We’re thrilled to reach the two-year mark in the DAYTONA Rising project,” said President Joie Chitwood III.
After successfully hosting another series of events during last month’s Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway turns its focus on the final stretch of construction activities related to the DAYTONA Rising project.
“We’re thrilled to reach the two-year mark in the DAYTONA Rising project,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “We will keep up the momentum and remain on schedule so that our fans can see the world’s first motorsports stadium in January 2016.”
To date, over 40,000 new seats have been installed near the west end of the Speedway along with 14,000 seats in the east end. In addition, new concessions, restrooms, vertical transportation options and several new “neighborhood” areas are in place.
Upcoming construction activities include:
Completion of escalator installation
Initial installation of solar array structure
Ongoing installation of trackside suite tower glass
Continued development of hospitality areas/suites
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 101,500 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.
Toyota, Florida Hospital and Chevrolet are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 60,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for three of the injectors/entrances and three 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.
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.
Aug 06 | 75th Running of the Daytona 200 Scheduled for March 12, 2016
~ American SportBike Racing Association to Sanction America’s Most Historic Motorcycle Race for Second Straight Year ~
America’s most historic motorcycle race, the DAYTONA 200, will celebrate a significant milestone in 2016 with its 75th running on Saturday, March 12, 2016, Daytona International Speedway track officials announced. Tickets for the race went on sale today.
The 57-lap, 200-mile race on the 3.51-mile road course will showcase 600cc sportbikes sanctioned by the American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) for the second straight year.
“We are thrilled to continue to work with American SportBike Racing Association as the sanctioning body for the Daytona 200,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said. “It’s an important anniversary for the Daytona 200 in 2016 and we look forward to celebrating this event’s rich history with an exciting event featuring riders battling for a competitive purse and a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.”
In 2015, Oklahoma native Danny Eslick became a two-time Daytona 200 champion by pulling off a last-lap pass of Josh Herrin to secure a .086-second margin of victory.
In addition to the Daytona 200, ASRA and the Championship Cup Series (CCS) will have a full complement of road races Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12. Daytona 200 qualifying will take place on Friday, March 11 with the race going green the following day at 1 p.m.
“The 75th running of the Daytona 200 will be a milestone event for motorcycle road racing in America and we are ecstatic to serve as the sanctioning body for the event,” said Kevin Elliott, President of ARSA. “The sheer magnitude of what the Daytona 200 means to our sport cannot be understated. With its history, this unique event has continually turned good racers into stars and then stars into superstars as they fought to win this prestigious race.”
Similar to its four-wheeled brethren, the Daytona 200’s roots go back to the sands of Daytona Beach where they began racing on a 4.2-mile shoreline course in 1937 before moving the event to Daytona International Speedway in 1961 and incorporating the high banks of the “World Center of Racing.”
In addition to the full road racing calendar and the Daytona 200, Daytona International Speedway will continue to be the driving force behind Bike Week hosting a wide range of activities.
On Saturday night, March 5, Daytona International Speedway will host the only Monster Energy AMA Supercross event in Florida – the prestigious Daytona Supercross By Honda.
Daytona International Speedway will also feature the AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader on March 10-11 on the Daytona Flat Track, which is located outside Turns 1 and 2.
Fans can 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.
Jul 06 | Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola
Polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola early Monday, leading a race-high 96 laps en route to the 16th Daytona International Speedway victory of his career.
Earnhardt, driving the No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, dominated much of the race, leading 40 of the race’s first 80 laps. He took the checkered flag ahead of runner-up Jimmie Johnson and third-place Denny Hamlin – and also ahead of a multi-car incident that began with Hamlin’s car turning sideways as it was crossing the line. It was the second Coke Zero 400 victory for Earnhardt, following up on his 2001 triumph.
A tightly packed sprint to the finish initially was set up by a late-race spin by David Ragan, after which the race was restarted on Lap 152 of the 160-lap event. But then, another set-up: a frontstretch spin by Sam Hornish Jr. with six laps remaining. That resulted in a two-lap, “green-white-checker” finish.
Earnhardt then alternated between pulling away and blocking Johnson to earn his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season. He also won at Talladega Superspeedway in May.
Despite the race start being delayed three hours, 34 minutes due to rain – the green flag waved at 11:42 p.m. Sunday – virtually all of the fans in attendance waited out the weather, taking advantage of new fan-friendly amenities that are part of the ongoing DAYTONA Rising renovation.
They didn’t have to wait long, however, for the first caution as nine cars were involved in a Lap 3 incident, including the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford driven by this year’s DAYTONA 500 champion Joey Logano. Logano’s hopes for a season sweep at Daytona vanished soon afterward, as consecutive pit stops to repair damage resulted in two penalties – both for having too many crewmen over the wall.
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Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news throughout the season. Fans also 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.
Puts Grandfather/Team Owner Richard Childress Back Into DIS Gatorade Victory Lane
Austin Dillon emerged from a frenzied late-race battle to win the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Dillon, driving the No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing, outraced veteran Elliott Sadler and reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Chase Elliott in a two-lap “green-white-checkered” finish.
Dillon is one of eight “double duty” drivers this weekend, competing in both the Subway Firecracker 250 and Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola, in which he’ll start second alongside polesitter Dale Earnhardt Jr.
A number of contenders were eliminated in a 12-car incident on Lap 91. That brought out a red flag that lasted 10 minutes and seven seconds. After a few laps run under caution, the race went back to green but only for two laps, as another 12-car incident caused the race’s final caution period. That set up the green-white-checkered sprint.
Dillon steered clear of trouble both times en route to his first win at Daytona International Speedway, site of many victories for car owners Richard Childress – Dillon’s grandfather.
“This is Daytona … so many family memories here,” Dillon said. “I’m just happy for my grandfather. This is the favorite win of my career.”
After a rain delay of a little more than an hour, the 100-lap/250-mile race – the 15th race of the NASCAR XFINITY Series season – took the green flag, with the field led by series rookie Daniel Suarez on the pole. Earlier Saturday, Suarez won the pole in the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota with a speed of 180.256 miles per hour on the 2.5-mile tri-oval.
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Tickets for Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola – set for 7:45 p.m. Sunday – 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 hashtags #CokeZero400 and #SubwayFirecracker250. Fans also can 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
Jul 05 | Coke Zero 400 Qualifying Canceled Due To Rain, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gets Pole Based On Top Practice Speed
Austin Dillon Will Start Second in RCR No. 3 Chevrolet
Qualifying for Sunday night’s Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca Cola was rained out Saturday, giving the pole position to Dale Earnhardt Jr., based on his chart-topping, 200 mph-plus practice speed.
Earnhardt led the first of two practice sessions on Friday in the No. 88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, with a fast lap of 202.284 miles per hour – one of 14 drivers to post fast laps exceeding 200 mph. Austin Dillon will start second in the No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, on the strength of his 202.066 lap.
Last season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure, setting fields based on speeds from a weekend’s first practice session, when qualifying is cancelled. Previously, fields were set based on season point standing. Earnhardt said that with rain in the Saturday forecast, there was extra effort to find serious speed in practice.
Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #CokeZero400 and #SubwayFirecracker250. Fans also can 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.