Jun 19 | Students Working Against Tobacco Commend Daytona International Speedway for Making Grandstands Smoke-free

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Teens from across Northeast Florida came together today to recognize Daytona International Speedway for its bold move to make the speedway’s grandstands smoke-free beginning with the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola.

Jeffrey Earnhardt and Andrew Gurtis

DAYTONA, Fla. – Teens from across Northeast Florida came together today to recognize Daytona International Speedway for its bold move to make the speedway’s grandstands smoke-free. The teens from 21 surrounding counties are part of Students Working against Tobacco (SWAT). They also challenged other sporting and entertainment venues in the state to follow the example set by the speedway and protect more Floridians and visitors from secondhand smoke.

The SWAT members, along with NASCAR driver Jeffrey Earnhardt, the Volusia County Health Department, and representatives from Daytona International Speedway held a press conference outside of the Gate 7 Grandstand Entrance of the speedway on Tuesday, June 19 at 2 p.m.

“I’m proud that leading race organizations like Daytona are protecting our fans from tobacco smoke and are showing young fans that smoking is no longer acceptable,” said NASCAR driver and Tobacco Free Florida spokesperson Jeffrey Earnhardt. “Families see drivers and venues like Daytona as legendary and this sends a healthy message to race fans.” 

The grandstands of Florida’s prestigious and historic sporting venue will officially be smoke-free starting with the Subway Jalapeño 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, July 6.

Secondhand smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic and 69 that can cause cancer.  Each year, nearly 50,000 non-smoking Americans die from a disease primarily caused from exposure to secondhand smoke. 

Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to children and adults who suffer from asthma as it can trigger a severe attack.  In Florida, 1.47 million children and adults are diagnosed with asthma.  

“Smoke-free policies that are being voluntarily adopted by businesses and organizations across the state are helping to save lives,” said Director of the Volusia County Health Department Dr. Bonnie Sorensen. “We should never underestimate the dangers of secondhand smoke. Breathing secondhand smoke, even in small amounts or when outside, can be harmful to your health.” 

Aside from protecting race fans and speedway employees from the dangers of secondhand smoke, the smoking ban at the Daytona International Speedway is a monumental step against tobacco in the sport of racing. Stock car racing has a long and storied history with tobacco that includes years of sponsorships and the highly visible use of tobacco by drivers, their racing teams and fans alike.

“We’re honoring Daytona International Speedway for taking this important step to protect race fans from secondhand smoke, said Kahreem Golden, SWAT Youth Advocacy Board Chair. “We also want to encourage other outdoor venues in Florida to protect their patrons by adopting tobacco-free and smoke-free policies.”

ABOUT SWAT
SWAT is a statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida’s youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. It is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future.

ABOUT TOBACCO FREE FLORIDA
Tobacco Free Florida is a statewide cessation and prevention campaign funded by Florida’s tobacco settlement fund.  The program is managed by the Florida Department of Health, specifically the Bureau of Tobacco Prevention Program. 

Smokers and smokeless tobacco users interested in quitting are encouraged to call the Florida Quitline at 1-877-U-CAN-NOW to speak with a Quit Coach.  To learn about Tobacco Free Florida and the state’s free quit smoking resources, visit www.tobaccofreeflorida.com or follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TobaccoFreeFlorida or Twitter at www.twitter.com/tobaccofreefla

The Florida Department of Health’s mission is to protect and promote the health of all residents and visitors in the state through organized state and community efforts, including cooperative agreements with counties. For more information, visit the Florida Department of Health’s website.

Jun 18 | Daytona International Speedway Renews Hotel Program for the 54th Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

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Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III announced the renewed partnership between the “World Center of Racing” and area hotels to help lower the costs for fans who plan to attend the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend.

Kevin Harvick
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Continuing its commitment to ensure fans have an enjoyable and affordable race experience, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III today announced the renewed partnership between the “World Center of Racing” and area hotels to help lower the costs for fans who plan to attend the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend.

Beginning June 18, fans are eligible to save at least 10 percent off the standard rate for hotels located in the Daytona Beach region and surrounding areas with zero minimum night stay requirements.  At least 20 hotels are participating in the program, including the Daytona Beach Hilton Resort located right on the “World’s Most Famous Beach.” 

All participating hotels are within 35 miles of the Speedway in Daytona Beach, western Volusia County, Seminole and Flagler counties.  Fans can visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/hotels to find a list of participating hotels along with contact information for reservations. 

“We continue to work very closely with our local and regional hotel partners to provide our fans and guests with the best rates possible,” said Chitwood.  “We want to thank those hotels who continue to participate in this important program and welcome additional hotels to join.  Our fans are the most loyal and passionate in all of sports.  By working together, we will ensure our guests have a memorable and positive experience when they visit our community.”

This offer is made possible through a partnership between Daytona International Speedway and the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Seminole Convention and Visitors Bureau, the West Volusia Tourism Bureau and the Flagler County Chamber of Commerce. 

Hotels interested in participating in this program can contact the Speedway for more information.
The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7, 2012.  Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special hour-long pre-race concert by multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstars Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our special kids’ pricing.  Kids 12 and under receive free general admission tickets to the Subway Jalapeno 250, free admission to the Sprint FANZONE all weekend long, and a $10 ticket for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola while supplies last.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.

Jun 18 | COPD Foundation’s “DRIVE4COPD” Renews NASCAR Nationwide Series Race Entitlement at Daytona International Speedway

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The COPD Foundation’s DRIVE4COPD national public health initiative announced today that it has renewed its title sponsorship for the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway through 2014.

DRIVE4COPD 300

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The COPD Foundation’s DRIVE4COPD national public health initiative announced today that it has renewed its title sponsorship for the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway through 2014.

“Since 2010, DRIVE4COPD has joined efforts with the NASCAR Nationwide Series race during Budweiser Speedweeks to raise national awareness about COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III.  “DRIVE4COPD has been an outstanding partner. It has increased awareness, and promoted early detection of the disease that kills 1 out of 4 Americans. This is a cause we fully support and I look forward to continuing this relationship for years to come.”

“As the official Health Initiative of NASCAR, I view this as an incredible opportunity to vastly expand COPD awareness to identify the 12 million Americans that remain undiagnosed and make certain that they have access to the support and education needed for early detection to improve their lives,” said John Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “The DRIVE4COPD and Daytona International Speedway relationship is one that benefits all Americans. By increasing awareness of COPD with screenings, educational programs, and research, we will work to halt the advancement of this devastating lung disease.”

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7, 2012.  Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special hour-long pre-race concert by multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstars Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.

About DRIVE4COPD:
Led by the COPD Foundation, DRIVE4COPD is a landmark public health movement embraced by leading health, business, entertainment, and sports organizations that are aimed at driving fundamental change in COPD awareness and action in this country. This initiative aims to help millions of people affected by COPD by focusing national attention on this common and debilitating disease.
The unified efforts of the DRIVE4COPD network of organizations help people identify symptoms of COPD, take action to see if they may be at risk for the disease, and talk to their healthcare provider.
Joining the DRIVE4COPD initiative is NASCAR Nationwide Series™ Driver Danica Patrick, who lost a loved one to COPD and knows first-hand the impact of the disease. Visit www.DRIVE4COPD.org for more information.

About the COPD Foundation:
The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs, which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Visit www.copdfoundation.org for information. Click on www.DRIVE4COPD.org/screener and get screened today.

Jun 18 | Ambrose’s Record Lap Nets Him Starting Berth in 2013 Daytona Shootout

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Marcos Ambrose’s pole at the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway made him 20th driver to earn a starting spot in next year’s Daytona Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Marcos Ambrose

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Australian Marcos Ambrose’s record-setting qualifying lap of 203.241 mph (35.426 seconds) on Saturday at the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway made him 20th driver to earn a starting spot in next year’s Daytona Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Driving the No. 9 Stanley Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, Ambrose’s qualifying lap was the fastest run in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series since Bill Elliott posted 203.827 mph at Talladega in 1987, the last year the series ran at Daytona and Talladega without restrictor plates.

“I am really excited to get the speed and to claim to be the fastest guy out there,” Ambrose said. “It’s just awesome. We have missed some poles. This is my first pole in Sprint Cup and we have missed some by thousandths of a second and conditions changing. It is good that we actually got one to stick and one that has so many records attached to it.”

This will be Ambrose’s second start in the fan-favorite, star-studded event that will kick off Budweiser Speedweeks 2013. He finished third in 2012.

Eligibility requirements for next season’s Daytona Shootout return to its roots with the field consisting of pole winners and past Shootout winners who have attempted to qualify for at least one race during the 2012 season.

2012 Pole Winners:
Greg Biffle
Carl Edwards
Denny Hamlin
Kasey Kahne
Mark Martin
Jeff Gordon
Martin Truex Jr.
AJ Allmendinger
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Marcos Ambrose

Past Shootout champions:
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Kevin Harvick
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Tony Stewart
Jimmie Johnson
Bill Elliott
Terry Labonte
Ken Schrader

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special hour-long pre-race concert by multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstars Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our special kids’ pricing. Kids 12 and under receive free general admission tickets to the Subway Jalapeno 250, free admission to the Sprint FANZONE all weekend long, and a $10 ticket for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola while supplies last.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.

Jun 14 | Daytona 500 Champion Kevin Harvick, Five-Time Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson Blitz Central Florida

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson visited Florida this week promoting the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 7 at Daytona International Speedway.

First Pitch

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson visited Florida this week promoting the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 7 at Daytona International Speedway.

Harvick visits troops at MacDill, throws first pitch at Rays/Mets game.

Harvick, who captured the 2010 Independence Day holiday weekend classic, visited the Tampa-St. Petersburg area on Tuesday. His first stop was at MacDill Air Force Base where he toured a KC-135, a long-range tanker aircraft capable of refueling other aircraft in mid-air, and then participated in a question and answer session with the troops.

“To come out and see this particular aircraft and how it functions and works and how (the troops) work in their environment is something a lot of people don’t get to see first hand,” said Harvick, who drives the No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing. “It’s fun to be able to hear straight from the guys that are doing it.”

Following his visit to MacDill Air Force Base, Harvick attended the Tampa Bay Rays-New York Mets baseball game at Tropicana Field. He toured the clubhouse, visited with Ray’s players and manager Joe Maddon, participated in a jersey exchange with All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria and threw the ceremonial first pitch.

Johnson races students, golfs with Orlando media at Disney.

Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson visited the Walt Disney World Resort located outside Orlando on Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson joined approximately 40 Daytona Beach-area elementary school children at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The children participated in athletic drills with select Olympic athletes and NFL players before moving inside to build their Lowe’s Build and Grow race cars.

Johnson participated in a question-and-answer session with the children and then joined them at a 31-degree race track to race the wooden cars.

The driver of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports then previewed the upcoming 160-lap, 400-mile race with media at Disney’s Palm golf course where his tee shot on the No. 1 hole went straight down the fairway.

“There’s nothing like it,” Johnson said about racing on the 31-degree high banks. “Even if I come run the Rolex 24, the 500, the 400 … whatever it may be, it’s Daytona. It’s such a special race track with so much history. Still today after all the years of racing there, I still drive through the tunnel, kind like a kid, look around and realize that I’m at Daytona.”

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7, 2012.  Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special hour-long pre-race concert by multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstars Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our special kids’ pricing.  Kids 12 and under receive free general admission tickets to the Subway Jalapeno 250, free admission to the Sprint FANZONE all weekend long, and a $10 ticket for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola while supplies last.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.

Jun 13 | Jimmie Johnson Appearance Highlights “The 48 Experience”

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Jimmie Johnson, five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and the 2006 Daytona 500 winner, has teamed up with Daytona International Speedway for a special ticket package named “The 48 Experience” for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night, July 7 at the “World Center of Racing.”

Jimmie Johnson

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson, five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and the 2006 Daytona 500 winner, has teamed up with Daytona International Speedway for a special ticket package named “The 48 Experience” for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night, July 7 at the “World Center of Racing.”

The special ticket package, available starting at $48 per ticket for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, includes:

• A grandstand ticket to the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 7
• 15-minute question-and-answer session with Johnson inside the air-conditioned Velocitorium that is located outside Turn 4
• Prior to the question-and-answer session, children will have the opportunity to put together a Lowe’s Build and Grow race car
• Special Daytona International Speedway giveaways

Adult tickets for “The 48 Experience” ticket package are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/48 and tickets for children can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Also, as part of Daytona International Speedway’s special youth pricing, kids 12 and under receive free admission into the Sprint FANZONE with a paid adult FANZONE admission.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 6-7 for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, featuring a special hour-long pre-race concert by multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstars Train, and the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race. 

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway) for all the latest news all season long.

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