Dec 04 | Runners Ready for a Foot Race: Pre-Registration Has Started for the Daytona 5K Run & Fun Walk During The Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Weekend

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Prior to sports car drivers competing in the 53rd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, runners will take their turn on the storied road course of the “World Center of Racing” in Saturday morning’s Daytona 5K Run. Also on tap is a 2.5-mile Fun Walk and a Kid’s Run where children 12 and under are invited to participate in a dash down pit road.

DAYTONA 5k

Pre-registration has started for the 11th annual Daytona 5K Run & Fun Walk on Saturday, Jan. 24, a popular event that is part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

Prior to sports car drivers competing in the 53rd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, runners will take their turn on the storied road course of the “World Center of Racing” in Saturday morning’s Daytona 5K Run. Also on tap is a 2.5-mile Fun Walk and a Kid’s Run where children 12 and under are invited to participate in a dash down pit road.

Following the Daytona 5K Run & Fun Walk, there will be a post-race awards ceremony in Sprint FANZONE and then participants can enjoy all the atmosphere and excitement of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the most prestigious sports car race in America.

Each participant will receive an official T-shirt and a general admission ticket to the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Between now and Dec. 31, competitors can pre-register for the Daytona 5K at www.daytona5k.com  for $22. The registration fee between Jan. 1 and Jan. 23 is $27. Race day registration is $35. Advance Fun Walk registration is $20 and race day registration is $25. Kid’s Run is free. Online registration closes on Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Roar Before The Rolex 24, the three-day test session scheduled for January 9-11, can also be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.imsa.com and go on Twitter at TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (@UnitedSportsCar). 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 01 | Daytona International Speedway Enters Into Sanction Agreement for 74th Daytona 200 With American SportBike Racing Association

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America’s Most Historic Motorcycle Race Set for Saturday, March 14

DAYTONA 200

Daytona International Speedway has reached a sanction agreement with the American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) to hold the 74th DAYTONA 200 motorcycle race on Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., at Daytona International Speedway, Track President Joie Chitwood announced today.

The DAYTONA 200 will be a 57-lap race on the 3.51-mile road course showcasing 600cc sportbikes battling for a purse of $175,000 with the race winner also being awarded a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

ASRA and the Championship Cup Series (CCS) will have a full complement of road races Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15. DAYTONA 200 qualifying will take place on Friday, March 13 with the race going green the following day at 1 p.m.

The DAYTONA 200 is America’s most historic motorcycle race with the inaugural event being held on the sands of Daytona Beach before the race moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961.

“The tradition of the DAYTONA 200 spans both the sands of Daytona Beach and the high banks of the Speedway and we’re excited about continuing this historic event with the American Sportbike Racing Association,” Chitwood said. “With a competitive purse and a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona at stake, riders will have plenty of incentive as they compete for a coveted Daytona victory.”

ASRA and CCS are traditionally part of the Fall Cycle Scene motorcycle schedule at Daytona International Speedway. CCS was founded in 1984 and has become the leader in sportsman level motorcycle road racing offering unrivalled competition at nationwide venues.  ASRA started administering CCS in 2006.

 “To say that ASRA is excited to be a part of the DAYTONA 200 is an understatement,” said Kevin Elliott, President of ASRA. “There is no other motorcycle event in the United States that comes close to the prestige of the DAYTONA 200 and we’re honored to keep the tradition alive in 2015.”

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 7, Daytona International Speedway will host the only Monster Energy AMA Supercross event in Florida – the prestigious Daytona Supercross. The tough and challenging course will once again be designed by Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.

Following the Daytona Supercross will be the sixth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross on Sunday, March 8 and Monday, March 9 where amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross.

Daytona International Speedway will feature the AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader on March 12-13 on the Daytona Flat Track, which is located outside Turns 1 and 2.

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, 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.

Nov 26 | Daytona International Speedway Offers “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” Ticket Specials

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Jimmie Johnson Appearance Highlights Special DAYTONA 500 Ticket Offer

JJ Black Friday

Holiday shoppers looking to give the gift of horsepower on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway will find a wide selection of “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” Thanksgiving holiday ticket specials at the “World Center of Racing.”

Highlighting the “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” holiday specials is a ticket package designed around six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and two-time DAYTONA 500 champion Jimmie Johnson.

Included in the Jimmie Johnson DAYTONA 500 Ticket Package, which is available for $148, is:

  • One adult Daytona 500 backstretch tower seat
  • One child (ages 12 & under) Daytona 500 backstretch tower seat
  • 15-minute question and answer session with Johnson
  • Each child in attendance can participate in NASA Rockets 2 Racecars STEM education hands on activities either before or after Johnson’s appearance
  • Each child in attendance will receive a Jimmie Johnson 12-page activity booklet
  • Daytona International Speedway special giveaways

The Jimmie Johnson DAYTONA 500 Ticket Package will be available throughout the holiday shopping season and leading up to Budweiser Speedweeks 2015, while supplies last.

On Friday, Nov. 28 (Black Friday) and Monday, Dec. 1 (Cyber Monday), Daytona International Speedway will also have the following ticket package specials available for race fans to select from as they conduct their holiday shopping:

  • An $53 infield/grandstand ticket for the 53rd anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25 with a Rolex 24 event hat and $10 DAYTONA Dollars (good at any DIS concession stand), a savings of 11%.
  • $49 general admission grandstand ticket for The Sprint Unlimited /Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAV TV American Real doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 14 with a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24%.
  • $49 general admission grandstand ticket for the Budweiser Duel At Daytona 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night, Feb. 19 and a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24%.
  • $49 general admission grandstand ticket for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday night, Feb. 20 and a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race pass, a savings of 24%.
  • Kids 12 and under are free in general admission seating for the Budweiser Speedweeks events.
  • If race fans purchase any of the above Black Friday offers on Friday, Nov. 28 they will also receive free shipping (a savings of $15) for all tickets purchased (phone orders only).

To take advantage of the “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” ticket specials, race fans can call 1-800-PITSHOP between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/deals.

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.

Nov 26 | Statement from Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III on the UNOH Battle At The Beach

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UNOH Battle At The Beach

“After much consideration, Daytona International Speedway will not host any future UNOH Battle At The Beach events. For the past two years, the UNOH Battle At The Beach has produced thrilling racing on our backstretch. It was necessary for us to make this difficult decision given that we will open 40,000 new seats during Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 as part of the DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project and will remove the backstretch grandstands prior to 2016 racing season. We are pleased to see the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series will remain in Central Florida during Budweiser Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway and encourage fans to attend those exciting races. 

“The University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) has been a great partner in supporting the Battle At The Beach and we look forward to continuing to work with them to grow our relationship.”

Nov 15 | Florida Department of Transportation to Sponsor NASCAR XFINITY Series Season Opener at Daytona

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120-Lap, 300-Mile Event to Be Named the Alert Today Florida 300

Alert Today Florida 300

To promote the important messages of pedestrian and bike safety throughout the Sunshine State, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will serve as the title sponsor of the prestigious season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway. The 120-lap, 300-mile race will be known as the Alert Today Florida 300.

The partnership will increase the visibility of the safety campaign – Alert Today Alive Tomorrow – which is designed to raise public awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety in the state of Florida.

“We’re excited about forming this partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Daytona International Speedway provides an excellent platform to assist the FDOT in spreading the important message of roadway safety.”

In addition to the entitlement, FDOT is partnering with Florida native Scott Lagasse Jr., who will drive the No. 33 Alert Today Alive Tomorrow Boy Scouts of America car in the event.

Pedestrian and bicycle safety are my highest priorities,” FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said.Alert Today Alive Tomorrow is a multi-pronged approach that includes education, engineering, enforcement and emergency response that is improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists in Florida.”

Specific tips for reducing pedestrian fatalities that are promoted through Alert Today Alive Tomorrow include:

  • Pedestrians: Always use the crosswalk and look both ways before crossing
  • Motorists: Stop before turning right on red and always yield to pedestrians
  • Bicyclists: Make yourself visible and always signal your intentions so drivers know what to expect
  • Everyone: Pay attention to the road, every trip, every time!

For more information on the Alert Today Alive Tomorrow campaign, visit www.alerttodayflorida.com

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #DAYTONA500, #ALERTTODAYFLORIDA300 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.

Nov 14 | German Racing Legend 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona Grand Marshal, Jochen Mass Tours DAYTONA Rising

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Mass is visiting the “World Center of Racing” this week to compete in the Historic Sportscar Racing events and the Classic 24 Hour vintage race, which scheduled to go green on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Legendary German sports car and Formula One driver Jochen Mass, who will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 53rd edition of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 24-25, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway, toured the DAYTONA Rising construction site. 

Jochen Mass

Mass is visiting the “World Center of Racing” this week to compete in the Historic Sportscar Racing events and the Classic 24 Hour vintage race, which scheduled to go green on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Said Mass: “It’s an amazing venue. It’s taking race entertainment to a different level.” 

Jochen Mass

On his tour, Mass made his way to the west end of the frontstretch grandstands where there will be 40,000 new seats available on three different concourse levels for the 2015 Rolex 24. Mass found what he believes will be a great seat to view the entry and exit to the road course during the Rolex 24. 

“I think up here is definitely the best because you can see everything,” Mass said. “You see the pit entry and exit. You see the action. You see the first corner, it’s quite spectacular. You can see the cars coming back onto the track banking. I would definitely sit up here.” 

Jochen Mass

The complete DAYTONA Rising project – including seating for 101,000 – will be ready for sports car fans for the 2016 Rolex 24. 

Between 1977-87, Mass made five starts in the Rolex 24 At Daytona posting a best finish of third in 1985 and 1986 driving Jim Busby’s Porsche 962. In 1977, Mass put the first turbo-charged Porsche 935 on pole for the Rolex 24; in 1987 he won his second pole driving Bruce Leven’s Porsche 962.  

Fans will have the first opportunity to sit in those new seats at the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25 and hear Mass’ starting command, “Drivers start your engines.” Fans can purchase a two-day grandstand seat for $40 for the season-opening IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event or $30 for Sunday only. 

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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