Oct 25 | Steel Installation Begins on DAYTONA Rising

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The “rising” in DAYTONA Rising has officially begun.

Daytona Rising

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The “rising” in DAYTONA Rising has officially begun.

On Friday morning, steel installation began on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation project at Daytona International Speedway.

The first piece of steel was placed into the ground on the west end behind the current grandstand as the new structure begins to take shape.

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.

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 TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

For tickets and more information on Daytona International Speedway events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Oct 24 | 73rd Daytona 200 Set for Saturday, March 15

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The 73rd Daytona 200, America’s most historic motorcycle race and the kick-off event to the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season, will be held on Saturday, March 15.

Daytona 200

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 73rd Daytona 200, America’s most historic motorcycle race and the kick-off event to the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season, will be held on Saturday, March 15.

The season-opening AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike motorcycle race will feature riders battling the twists and turns of Daytona International Speedway’s 3.51-mile road course for 57 laps, 200 miles.

In the 2013 Daytona 200, Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier delivered a flawless performance leading 50 of the 57 laps on his way to a 22.254-second margin of victory.

Beaubier added his name to the long list of motorcycle legends that have conquered the Daytona 200 including Scott Russell, Miguel Duhamel, Mat Mladin, Kenny Roberts, Dick Klamforth and Brad Andres.

In addition to the Daytona 200, the Speedway will host a full complement of GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing classes March 13-15 including the National Guard SuperBike, Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. The AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader is scheduled for March 13-14.

Kicking off Daytona 200 Week on Saturday night, March 8 will be the prestigious Daytona Supercross By Honda  – the only AMA Supercross event in Florida in 2014. The tough and challenging course will once again be designed by Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.

Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, FacebookInstagram 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.

Oct 23 | 2014 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola Tickets On Sale Thursday, Oct. 24

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On Thursday, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. (ET), NASCAR fans will have their first opportunity to purchase tickets for the 56th annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway.

Coke Zero 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – On Thursday, Oct. 24 at 9 a.m. (ET), NASCAR fans will have their first opportunity to purchase tickets for the 56th annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway.

Fans can purchase tickets to the mid-summer classic in one of three convenient ways:

Frontstretch grandstand seats for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $45 and tower seats begin at $89.50. Reserved grandstand seats for children ages 12 and under are $10 and kids 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE.

Infield camping packages start at $345 and reserved site infield guests will be able to drive in and out of the infield.

Daytona International Speedway will celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend with 43 stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series battling for a coveted victory in the 160-lap, 400-mile race, which will be capped off by the largest fireworks show in the Southeast.

History was made in the 2013 edition of the Coke Zero 400 as Jimmie Johnson won the 160-lap, 400-mile race to sweep both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway.

Johnson became the first driver since NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 in the same season. Other drivers to have accomplished the sweep were Fireball Roberts (1962), Cale Yarborough (1968) and LeeRoy Yarbrough (1969).

“To do anything Bobby has done is pretty special,” Johnson said.

Tickets to the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, July 4, are also available for purchase on Thursday, Oct. 24.

Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – can also be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, FacebookInstagram 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.

Oct 17 | DAYTONA Rising Subcontractor Outreach

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Daytona International Speedway held its second successful subcontractor outreach forum on Wednesday to provide information on construction opportunities related to its DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway held its second successful subcontractor outreach forum on Wednesday to provide information on construction opportunities related to its DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The first was held on July 17, 2013. More than 230 Florida minority and women-owned businesses as well as local Volusia County construction trades attended both forums, representing cities such as Daytona Beach, Port Orange, Ormond Beach, Orlando, Sanford, Winter Springs, DeLand, Hawthorne, Pinellas Park, St. Johns, New Smyrna, Ocala, Titusville, Fort Lauderdale, Apopka, Odessa and Palm Coast.

During both forums, subcontractors were given an overview of diversity outreach and information on how they can pre-qualify for the bidding process on various aspects of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising project, which will create a modern, state-of-the-art racing experience along the Speedway’s nearly mile-long frontstretch. Barton Malow, the design builder for the project, also provided a list of upcoming remaining bid packages including: miscellaneous metals, drywall partitions and ceilings, cold-formed metal studs, acoustical ceilings, millwork and casework, floor tile, carpeting and painting and specialties.

“From day one, we have been focused on creating exciting new opportunities for our local communities and particularly minority and women-owned businesses throughout Florida,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “DAYTONA Rising represents a significant economic boost and we are grateful to have such talented and hard-working business partners from all areas of the community helping to transform our vision into a reality, which benefits everyone.”

Several Florida-based minority and women-owned businesses have already been awarded projects related to DAYTONA Rising. A sample of the businesses include: Builders Exchange (Daytona Beach), Cunningham Oil (Holly Hill) and G&C Welding (Sanford).

Businesses can learn more about available opportunities for the DAYTONA Rising project at Daytona International Speedway by visiting http://contractors.bartonmalow.com emailing DIS.Outreach@bartonmalow.com.

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.

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 and look-in on the construction site by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com. Additionally, fans can connect with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.

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.

Oct 14 | Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Named "Official Moonshine"

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Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway announced a new partnership with Ole Smoky Moonshine that will make the Tennessee distillery the “Official Moonshine” of both racing facilities.

Ole Smokey Moonshine

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.— Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway announced a new partnership with Ole Smoky Moonshine that will make the Tennessee distillery the “Official Moonshine” of both racing facilities. Financial terms were not disclosed.

This new agreement, which begins with the upcoming Camping World RV Sales 500 NASCAR weekend at Talladega Superspeedway on Oct. 18-20, marks the first partnership in the “Official Moonshine” category for both tracks and parent company International Speedway Corporation.

“The stories of drivers running moonshine has always been a part of NASCAR lore,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We’re excited to develop this unique partnership that reunites the legend of moonshine and racing, and we look forward to having Ole Smoky Moonshine available for purchase at our events.”

“I have heard stories for years about the good ol’ days when running moonshine in and around Talladega was occurring, so having this new relationship with Ole Smoky Moonshine brings those tales back to life,” said Talladega Superspeedway Chairman Grant Lynch. “Fans will have many opportunities throughout the property to purchase the incredible Ole Smoky Moonshine product during our Oct. 18-20 Camping World RV Sales 500 weekend.”

“We are proud to become the ‘Official Moonshine’ of these iconic tracks, both so much a part of our rich history and heritage,” said Ole Smoky® founder Joe Baker.  “The Ole Smoky brand has been in the making for nearly 200 years and we’re proud to celebrate the strong ties our craft has to racing.  As a boy growing up in East Tennessee, our trips to Daytona and Talladega were counted down like the days before Christmas. "Racing was born from moonshine, and now we’re bringing moonshine back to the races.”

Race fans will be able to purchase four different featured Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine ® cocktails at Talladega. There will be ten concession bars around the concourses, including the Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler, Talladega Bar in the Tri-Oval Tower and the Ole Smoky Bar at the intersection of Talladega and Eastaboga Blvd. in the track’s infamous infield.

Ole Smoky Tennessee is the first legal distillery in the state of Tennessee.

About Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine ®

Currently, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine ® retails eight flavors of moonshine made using authentic East Tennessee recipes, jarred and shipped directly from the company’s famed Gatlinburg distillery. The Ole Smoky Moonshine™ distillery, known as The Holler, is America’s most visited distillery and produces the brand’s signature flavors. Original Moonshine ™, White Lightnin’™, Moonshine Cherries™, Peach Moonshine™, Apple Pie Moonshine™, Blackberry Moonshine™, Strawberry Moonshine™ and Lemon Drop Moonshine™ are available in 49 states and Canada. Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine ® can be found at local retailers and is sampled and sold at some of the biggest music and sporting events in the country. True to its roots, each Ole Smoky Moonshine™ flavor is born from the hand-crafted recipes of the Tennessee families who have been filling moonshine jars and jugs in the Smoky Mountains for more than a century. For more information about the brand, please visit www.olesmokymoonshine.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 By Honda 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 Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Superspeedway is the biggest, fastest, most competitive motorsports facility in the world. Measuring 2.66 miles in length with mammoth 33-degree, four-story banked turns, the track holds numerous official NASCAR records: the official all-time NASCAR qualifying speed of 212.809 mph, most lead changes (88) and closest finish (0.002 second). The unique track, known for three- and four-wide racing, is also defined by the location of its start/finish line which nears the entrance to turn one, giving the track a propensity for incredible photo finishes. Talladega Superspeedway plays hosts to NASCAR’s top three touring series – Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Camping World Truck – as well as ARCA.

The most competitive racing in NASCAR combined with a mix of southern hospitality returns to Talladega Superspeedway October 18-20, 2013 for the Camping World RV Sales 500 Weekend. For tickets and information visit www.talladegasuperspeedway.com or call 1-877-Go2-DEGA. Be a part of ‘Dega Nation by checking out Facebook.com/TalladegaSuperspeedway or on Twitter @TalladegaSuperS. This is more than a race…This is Talladega!

Oct 11 | IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Sets 12-Race Schedule for 2014

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The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced a 12-event schedule for its premier development series, the production-based Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. (Oct. 11, 2013) – Expanding the sports car calendar to encompass more road racing circuits and serve more fans throughout the United States, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced a 12-event schedule for its premier development series, the production-based Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

The 12-event lineup will be an increase of two events from this season. The 2014 season will begin with the annual opening race at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 24, running as a companion event to the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona set for Jan. 25-26. The Rolex 24 will be the first race for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The Continental Tire Challenge will join the TUDOR Championship at 10 events in 2014. The Continental Tire Challenge will be featured at two other events – Lime Rock Park on May 24 and Kansas Speedway on June 7.

New to the series’ schedule in 2014 is an event at Sebring International Raceway on March 14. The Continental Tire Challenge will return to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the first time since 2008 on July 12, and to Virginia International Raceway after a two-year absence on Aug. 23.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (May 3), Watkins Glen International (June 28), Indianapolis Motor Speedway (July 25), Road America (Aug. 9), Circuit of The Americas (Sept. 20) and Road Atlanta (Oct. 3), join Daytona, Lime Rock and Kansas as venues that hosted the series in 2013.

“The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge delivers some of the best racing you can find anywhere, any season,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “Combined with IMSA’s other development series, we are able to expand our scope, in some cases providing circuits and fans outstanding competition at special events. On other weekends, the Continental Tire Challenge serves as a premium production-based complement to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.”

Official preseason test sessions for the Continental Tire Challenge will be held at Daytona International Speedway as part of the annual Roar Before The Rolex 24 on Jan. 3-5.

In addition to unveiling the 2014 schedule, IMSA also introduced a new logo for the long-running series. The logo incorporates new branding from Continental Tire and the addition of the IMSA logo in deference to the new organization taking over sanctioning for the series.

“The new, modernized Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge logo brings an exciting new look to this tremendous series,” said IMSA Vice President, Marketing, David Pettit. “We placed considerable focus on updating the identity of the Continental Tire Challenge and believe we have something that is attractive and fits well within the brand guidelines we’ve established for all IMSA-sanctioned series.”

The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is a door-to-door showcase for the latest in international and American-made high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans straight from the dealer showroom floor, with major modifications permitted only in the areas of safety and competition. The Continental Tire Challenge consists of two classes – Grand Sport and the smaller Street Tuner class. All classes run on Continental Tires, with large fields the norm.

2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Schedule

Date Venue
Jan 24 Daytona International Speedway
Mar 14 Sebring International Raceway
May 3 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
May 24 Lime Rock Park
Jun 7 Kansas Speedway
Jun 28 Watkins Glen International
Jul 12 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Jul 25 Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug 9 Road America
Aug 23 Virginia International Raceway
Sep 20 Circuit of The Americas
Oct 3 Road Atlanta

About IMSA

Beginning in 2014, and headquartered at the International Motorsports Center in Daytona Beach, Florida, the new International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) will be the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – the highly anticipated road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series – as well as two development series: the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda. In addition, IMSA also plans to continue sanctioning the following single-make series: Ferrari Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin and Lamborghini Super Trofeo. IMSA is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

About Continental Tire the Americas

Based in Fort Mill, S.C., Continental Tire the Americas, LLC manufactures and distributes a complete premium line of passenger, light truck and commercial tires for original equipment and replacement markets. Our ultra-high performance tires include award-winning technologies that focus on safety, help save money and reduce CO2 emissions. The ProContact EcoPlus and CrossContact LX20 were also awarded a Consumer’s Digest Best Buy award in 2012. Continental’s premium products are available at leading independent tire dealers, car dealers, and mass retail companies across North America.  Continental Tire is a proud supporter of the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series, ALMS, Major League Soccer (MLS), West Coast Customs, the Las Vegas Invitational and Las Vegas Classic, Wendy’s 3 Tour Challenge, Chris Rado, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, NSCAA, Petty’s Garage, UNC Athletics, and Duke Athletics.

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