Jun 27 | Driving SCIENCE Returns to Daytona International Speedway
The high-speed thrill of NASCAR racing will take STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professional development to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway this weekend.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The high-speed thrill of NASCAR racing will take STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professional development to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway this weekend. That’s when 22 educators from nine high schools and middle schools in and around Daytona Beach come together and engage in turns, spins and pit stops to improve their knowledge about STEM disciplines and best practices, using the world of auto racing as their classroom.
Driving SCIENCE is a three-day professional development institute sponsored by Daytona International Speedway, DuPont Motorsports and Hands-On Science Partnership. The curriculum, developed in Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science with a grant from the DuPont Office of Education, is designed to strengthen content knowledge in STEM disciplines, model best practices for student achievement and promote awareness of motorsports careers. The course concludes with a day at the races, applying STEM knowledge and motorsport career awareness during a garage tour where participants will make connections to physics, mathematics, and careers and the cars being prepared for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.
Schools attending the Driving SCIENCE program include Matanzas, Seminole, Winter Springs, Hagerty, Lake Howell and Pine Ridge high schools, and Silver Sands, T. DeWitt Taylor, and Markham Woods middle schools.
“We’re thrilled to welcome this important initiative back to Daytona,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood. “This partnership is an important step forward in bringing the exciting world of professional motorsports into the classroom and to a more youthful audience. Race teams depend on science and technology to help their drivers gain every bit of speed possible on the race track. The Driving SCIENCE students will be able to take what they learned in the classroom and see it applied in person on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway.”
“DuPont is a leader in supporting STEM education. We all win when we help develop a work force that has an understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including local communities, businesses like DuPont, the United States and the world,” said DuPont Motorsports Manager Larry Deas. “Linking the Daytona International Speedway with STEM professional development allows teachers and students alike to see the many career opportunities available to them in racing and in business.”
Driving SCIENCE is based on the DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy – a professional development program that has transformed the teaching of science in high school agricultural programs. For Florida to receive a Race to the Top Grant from the federal government, the state has committed to an improvement in the teaching and learning of STEM disciplines. Driving SCIENCE at Daytona International Speedway helps Florida meet this goal, with a dual focus on changing the teaching of STEM disciplines and developing a cadre of leaders who will ensure that change happens in their schools and districts.
The analysis of speed, understanding force, energy and motion, experimenting with “mouse trap” cars and figuring out how safety applies to major super speedways are all a part of the curriculum during the first three days. Each teaching module is a hands-on experience. Inquiry-based teaching techniques are used and learned during this professional development course.
The emphasis on STEM education is driven by business and industry leaders who envision a work force with literacy in STEM disciplines, problem-solving abilities that include being able to apply understanding to new problems and implement solutions, self-reliance in setting goals, working within time frames and applying design processes, and; ability to collaborate with others in the workplace and understanding that teamwork is essential for success in many situations.
Jun 21 | Coke Zero 400 Media Day: “Is Ryan Newman Smarter than a Grade School Student?"
2008 Daytona 500 champion tests his booksmarts against Volusia County elementary students after touring some racing history at the ISC Archives
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ryan Newman took a stroll through the rich history of racing at the International Speedway Corporation’s Archives and then put his formal education to the test by participating in “Is Ryan Newman Smarter than a Grade School Student?” with approximately 250 Volusia Country elementary students as part of Coke Zero 400 Media Day.
Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet for Stewart Haas Racing and 2008 Daytona 500 champion, kicked off his Coke Zero 400 Media Day activities by visiting the ISC Archives – a treasure chest of racing artifacts and memorabilia.
“It’s neat to see the history,” Newman said. “Seeing some of the special things . . . the different trophies, the different flags, the significance of Daytona in the world of racing, it’s really special.”
Newman has his own dedicated place in that history at the ISC Archives, a unique display of memorabilia from the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500, which he won in 2008 for Penske Racing.
“I’ve always had an appreciation for the history of motorsports in general,” Newman said. “I’ve always been a fan of stock cars. Getting that opportunity to win the Daytona 500 was really special. It being the 50th running was even more special and having my dad spot for me.”
Following his visit to the Archives, Newman stopped by the ISC Contact Center and visited with employees. He even took some ticket orders over the phone to the surprise of a few lucky race fans.
In the afternoon, students from five different Volusia County elementary schools – Indian River, Pine Trail, Port Orange, Spruce Creek and Sugar Mill – were in attendance for the trivia game show “Is Ryan Newman Smarter than a Grade School Student?”
Newman, who graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. degree in Vehicle Structural Engineering, answered 10 first-round questions on a variety of topics such as Science, Math, Social Studies, English and Geography. For every question Newman answered correctly, DIS donated $100 to Volusia County Schools.
Newman also correctly answered the “bonus round” question and earned a special prize for every student in attendance – a ticket to the Coke Zero 400 on Saturday, July 2.
“The Coke Zero 400 is a family-friendly environment,” Newman said. “We want the kids to come out and enjoy the time with their parents. I think a lot of these kids will get that opportunity. It’s fun to have interaction with them even when it’s their off-season in the summer. It was a lot of fun.”
Youth pricing ticket information:
Special youth pricing made available for the first time for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the “World Center of Racing,” include:
• $10 reserved seats for kids ages 12 and under • Half-off reserved seats for ages 13-17
In addition, special youth pricing is also available for the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday, July 1.
• Kids 12 and under are free in the general admission sections • Sprint/Petty/Earnhardt/Roberts and Weatherly Towers tickets are only $10 for 12 and under. • Half-off junior prices for ages 13-17
Throughout the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, kids 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE.
Youth pricing options are available through June 30
Jun 15 | Brad Keselowski Delivers Media Pace Car Rides, Assists In Honorary Pace Car Driver Practice
Brad Keselowski showed off the new racing surface of Daytona International Speedway to the media and assisted radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge® in Honorary Pace Car driver practice.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brad Keselowski showed off the new racing surface of Daytona International Speedway to members of the media on Wednesday afternoon and assisted renowned nationally syndicated radio personality Bubba The Love Sponge® in Honorary Pace Car driver practice for the upcoming 53rd annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 2.
As Honorary Pace Car driver, Bubba will be behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger pace car as he leads the 43-car field to the green flag for the 160-lap, 400-mile Independence Day holiday classic under the lights at Daytona.
“I’ve always been a race enthusiast, but I never would have thought I would have the opportunity that Daytona and (DIS President) Joie Chitwood has given me,” Bubba said. “I’m still pinching myself.”
“We can’t wait to see him back here for the 400, especially if I qualify well and can spin him out,” Keselowski quipped. “I think there’s a long line of drivers that are hoping to qualify well just to spin out Bubba the Love Sponge on the first lap.”
Keselowski drove Bubba around the legendary 2.5-mile tri-oval in the Dodge Charger before switching seats and letting Bubba tackle the daunting 31-degree high banks. For Bubba, he felt more comfortable behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger.
“It’s a lot scarier to be a passenger than it is to be a driver … it’s a lot scarier to not be in control,” Bubba said.
Keselowski and his Penske Racing team are riding a wave of momentum heading into the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. He recently won the pole at Charlotte and captured his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway.
“It’s great to be here in Daytona,” Keselowski said. “This is obviously the track for NASCAR racing. You look at the Daytona 500 – what we had there was phenomenal. A great turnout in the crowd, great weather, and most importantly, a great race. I think coming into the Coke Zero 400 we’re all looking for the same thing. It’s going to be a little different, obviously a lot hotter so the big question on all of our minds will be can we still do the two-car draft. A lot of variables out there. A lot of different things to look forward to coming back here for the race. We’re all ready to get going and get back here.”
About the Bubba Army Tailgate ticket package In addition to Bubba’s role as Honorary Pace Car driver, a special Bubba Army Tailgate ticket package has been created for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola.
With packages starting at $104, admission to the outdoor infield tailgate area includes:
• Grandstand ticket for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 2 • Designated infield tailgate parking • Three drink tickets for beer, wine, soda or water • NASCAR celebrity appearances and special giveaways • Appearances by Bubba The Love Sponge® and Bubba The Love Sponge® Show personalities • Happy hour specials • Live entertainment and games
Race fans that have already purchased a Coke Zero 400 ticket can upgrade their experience with the tailgating package for $60.
Jun 09 | Travel packages available for the Coke Zero 400
Daytona International Speedway is offering fans all-inclusive race weekend packages for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 1-2. Packages include tickets, hotel, race day transportation and start at just $325.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway is offering fans all-inclusive race weekend packages for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on July 1-2. Packages include tickets, hotel, race day transportation and start at just $325.
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