Sep 28 | Statement from DIS President Joie Chitwood III on the passing of Chris Economaki

Iconic racing journalist Chris Economaki passed away at age 91. Economaki was known as the "Dean of American Motorsports Journalism."

Chris Economaki

Iconic racing journalist Chris Economaki passed away early Friday morning. Economaki, known as the "Dean of American Motorsports Journalism," was 91.

At the age of 14, Economaki began selling single copies of National Speed Sport News and eventually became the publication's editor, a position he held for 60 years.

Economaki is also known for his work in television broadcasting with ABC's Wide World of Sports, CBS Sports and ESPN.

Said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III:

“I am saddened by the news of the passing of Chris Economaki. Chris was a pioneer in motorsports journalism. Through his tireless work on National Speed Sport News to his powerful voice on radio and television broadcasts, he made significant contributions to the growth of the sport. His passion for motorsports will be sorely missed. Daytona International Speedway extends its deepest condolences to the family of Chris Economaki.”

 

Sep 25 | DIS Offers Fan-Friendly Travel Options

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Want to attend the DAYTONA 500 but aren’t from the area? myRacetravel, the Official Travel Provider of Daytona International Sepedway is standing by to make your trip to the DAYTONA 500 ® hassle-free. Packages, which start at $415, include race tickets, hotel accommodations, race day transportation, on-site staff for assistance, hospitality options and much more.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Want to attend the DAYTONA 500 but aren’t from the area? myRacetravel, the Official Travel Provider of Daytona International Sepedway is standing by to make your trip to the DAYTONA 500 ® hassle-free. Packages, which start at $415, include race tickets, hotel accommodations, race day transportation, on-site staff for assistance, hospitality options and much more. All-inclusive race weekend packages for 2013 Speedweeks and the 55th annual DAYTONA 500 race weekend on Feb. 21 -24 are now available for purchase.

Quantities are limited. To book a DAYTONA 500 travel package, click here or call 866.990.7223.

About myRacetravel:

myRacetravel.com, the Official Travel Provider for Daytona International Speedway, is pleased to offer race fans a hassle-free way to get to the DAYTONA 500. Fans may choose from a variety of package options including an array of hotels, seat locations, track hospitality, even a welcome reception with a NASCAR driver.  myRacetravel can customize a race fan's weekend with airfare, corporate suites, hospitality, pit tours, private parties or dinners, golf outings, even private transportation to the track. To learn more about myRacetravel, visit them online at www.myRacetravel.com.

Sep 24 | Willrick, DIS Track Services and Fire Rescue Team Named Employee of the Year at The SPORTYS

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Troy Willrick, Director of Emergency Services, and the entire Daytona International Speedway Track Services and Fire Rescue Team were honored at the second annual SPORTYS held on Saturday night at Full Sail University in Orlando

Sportys Awards
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Troy Willrick, Director of Emergency Services, and the entire Daytona International Speedway Track Services and Fire Rescue Team were honored at the second annual SPORTYS held on Saturday night at Full Sail University in Orlando.

The DIS Track Services and Fire Rescue Team, represented by Willrick, were honored as Employee of the Year for their outstanding performance during the 54th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in February.

“On behalf of the entire DIS Track Services and Fire Rescue team, I am honored to accept this SPORTY,” Willrick said. “The coordination, professionalism and calm-under-extreme-pressure demonstrated by our Track Operations and Fire Rescue team during this unprecedented challenge were nothing short of spectacular.”

On Lap 160 of the Daytona 500, under caution, a car lost control and struck a jet dryer resulting in a fuel spill and fire. The Track Services and Fire Rescue Team responded immediately and suppressed and extinguished the fire. The crew then removed the damaged vehicles, cleaned up the remaining fuel and repaired the track surface.

All of the rescue, fire, clean-up and repair work was completed in two hours and the race was able to resume to the checkered flag, which was taken by Matt Kenseth for a second time in his career.

The SPORTYS, produced by the Central Florida Sports Commission, honors the top area teams, high school, collegiate and professional athletes, coaches, deserving local residents and businesses throughout Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties.

Tickets for the NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 – start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

For the second straight year, the Speedway is offering special youth pricing for the Daytona 500.  Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all backstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500 while supplies last. In addition, children 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE throughout Budweiser Speedweeks.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500.  Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for all the latest news all season long.

Sep 20 | NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Drivers “Lock In” Spots for the Inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach

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The top 10 drivers in the final national Division I point standings for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series have “locked-in” spots for the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach.

Lee Pulliam

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The top 10 drivers in the final national Division I point standings for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series have earned “locked-in” spots in the feature field for the Late Model race at the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 18-19 at Daytona International Speedway.

“Being part of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway in February is going to be special for all of us,” said 2012 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam, who has never visited Daytona International Speedway but is relishing the chance to be part of Budweiser Speedweeks 2013. “The opportunity to race at Daytona is the great American dream. It’s also about racing in Daytona Beach, Florida – the birthplace of NASCAR.”

The two nights of racing, which will also include the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours, will be run on the .4-mile oval on the backstretch. The 150-lap feature for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 18 at 7:15 p.m.

The top 10 drivers that have “locked-in” spots should they decided to compete in the UNOH Battle At The Beach are:

• Pulliam, of Semora, N.C., scored 22 Late Model feature wins in 36 starts at South Boston (Va.) Speedway, Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C., and Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., on his way to the championship in his sixth year of Late Model competition.

• Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn., competed at Connecticut’s Thompson International Raceway, Stafford Motor Speedway and Waterford Speedbowl. Rocco finished second in the final standings for the second straight year and third time in four years.

• CE Falk III, Virginia Beach, Va., had 16 wins, 25 top fives and 27 top 10s in 30 starts at South Boston, Motor Mile, Southern National, Caraway and Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

• Keith Monteith, Blountville, Tenn., won his second consecutive asphalt Late Model track and state championships at Kingsport (Tenn.) Speedway.

• Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., competed at Stafford, Thompson and Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway. Preece, who had 14 wins, 33 top fives and 40 top 10s in 48 starts, has also locked-in a spot for the UNOH Battle At The Beach for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours by virtue of his Tour win earlier in the season.

• Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., finished sixth in the final standings and competed at Thompson International Raceway, Stafford Motor Speedway and Riverhead (N.Y.) Raceway.

• Duane Howard, Oley, Pa., collected his fifth dirt Modified track championship at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa.

• Deac McCaskill, Raleigh, N.C., won the asphalt Late Model track championship at Southern National.

• Elko (Minn.) Speedway Super Late Model driver Adam Royle, Northfield, Minn., won his third Minnesota championship.

• Tim Brown, Cana, Va., won a record ninth Modified Division championship at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Click here to view a complete list of locked-in drivers.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach will put short tracks drivers on one of the biggest stages in motorsports – Daytona International Speedway – as they compete for a coveted victory at the “World Center of Racing.”

Falk is already imagining what the experience of racing at Daytona will be like.

 “Many NASCAR Late Model drivers dream about having the chance to race at Daytona,” Falk said. “Here’s our chance to race on that hallowed ground. We’re looking forward to participating. When I drive down the back straightaway in practice on the Daytona short track for the first time, it will be an amazing feeling. The second lap and every other lap after that will be all about trying to work our way toward Victory Lane.”

Drivers have several months during the offseason to secure and prepare asphalt Late Models to drive in the UNOH Battle At The Beach, and the locked-in spots by virtue of their 2012 success provides 10 drivers with the security of knowing they’ll be in the main event when they get here.

 “If I’m gonna go down, I’m gonna run as many races as I can,” Christopher said.

The remainder of the starting field will be set through heat-race format.

A complete UNOH Battle At The Beach schedule, including gate opening times, practice and qualifying race times for both days, is available at the UNOH Battle At The Beach event page.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #DAYTONA500 and #NASCARBattle.  In addition, fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for all the latest news all season long.

Sep 18 | Exotic Driving Experience Announces Inaugural Visit to Daytona International Speedway

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Exotic Driving Experience (EDE) recently announced that it will offer exotic car drive and ride programs at the legendary “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway (DIS), for two days later this year.

EDE Cars

(Concord, N.C.) August 23, 2012 – Exotic Driving Experience (EDE) recently announced that it will offer exotic car drive and ride programs at the legendary “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway (DIS), for two days later this year.

Featuring supercars by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche and Audi, EDE will operate on 1.06 miles of the infield road course at DIS November 30 and December 1. The course showcases both fast straight-aways and sharp turns, making it ideal for testing the breathtaking speed and precise handling of these world-class high performance driving machines.

On January 16, 2012, EDE opened for business in Orlando, FL at The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World® Speedway and has visited multiple other road courses throughout the year.

Daytona International Speedway’s 480-acre motorsports complex is home to multiple forms of motorsports including NASCAR’s ‘Great American Race’ the DAYTONA 500, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, American Motorcyclist Association’s DAYTONA 200, DAYTONA Supercross By Honda, as well as testing by race teams throughout the year. EDE will let participants experience this legendary race track behind the wheel of some of the world’s most exotic driving machines.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity to drive some of the world’s finest cars at one of the world’s most famous race tracks,” says Mike Bartelli, Chief Marketing Officer of Petty Holdings, LLC, owner and operator of EDE. “For sports car enthusiasts, the chance to experience some of the same asphalt that plays host to the Rolex 24 just might be a dream come true.”

Program offerings include 6-lap driving experiences starting at $169, with additional lap upgrades available, and 2-lap Thrill Rides where you ride shotgun with a professional, starting at $99. Reservations are required for all driving experiences. Thrill Rides can be purchased in advance or at-track, reservations are not required.

DIS is the final of five stops that make up The 2012 Exotic Driving Experience Tour. Other tour locations included the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., MSR Houston in Texas and NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, L.A.

For reservations or more information about dates and times, please call 1.855.822.0149 or visit www.ExoticDriving.com.

Sep 12 | Italy’s Bellarosa Clinches Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge

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Italy's Ivan Bellarosa clinched the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge and has earned a driver's seat in the 2013 Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 26-27.

Ivan Bellarossa
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge belongs to Italy’s Ivan Bellarosa.

Last weekend in Dijon, France, Bellarosa, a competitor in the SPEED EuroSeries, clinched the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge and has secured a coveted driver’s seat with a to-be-determined Daytona Prototype team in the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 26-27, 2013.

The 37-year-old Bellarosa, who drives a Wolf Racing GB08 for Team Avelon in the Speed EuroSeries, locked up the title with a pair of pole positions.

 “I’m so happy to have won the Challenge,” Bellarosa said. “I want to thank Avalon, Wolf and of course Sunoco for this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to get going and am really looking forward to seeing Daytona International Speedway and getting in the DP.”

The Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge is a competition between racers in selected Sunoco-fueled championships in Europe. The driver who accumulates the most points wins a fully-funded race seat in a Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the prestigious season-opening event for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

The most recent Sunoco Rolex 24 Challenge winner was Brazilian Felipe Nasr, who competed in the 2012 Rolex 24 with Michael Shank Racing and part of the driving team that finished third overall. Other past winners of the Sunoco Rolex 24 Challenge include Ross Kaiser and inaugural winner Derek Johnston.

Meanwhile the Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge, which will award a driving spot in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Jan. 25, is still up for grabs with just 20 points separating five drivers.

For more information on the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge, visit www.sunocodaytonachallenge.com.

The Rolex 24 At Daytona, the kick-off event to Budweiser Speedweeks 2013, showcases the world’s best drivers competing against each other lap after lap for 24 hours on Daytona International Speedway’s challenging and demanding 3.56-mile road course.

Two-day tickets for the Rolex 24 At Daytona start at $35 and are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars on Twitter at GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series (@RolexSeries) and the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge (@SUNOCO_UK). Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest for all the latest news all season long.

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