Oct 11 | DAYTONA Rising Web Cam Goes Live

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Race fans visiting www.DAYTONARISING.com to check on the progress of Daytona International Speedway’s historic DAYTONA Rising project will now have the ability to look-in on the construction site.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Race fans visiting www.DAYTONARISING.com to check on the progress of Daytona International Speedway’s historic DAYTONA Rising project will now have the ability to look-in on the construction site.

Utilizing state-of-the-art EarthCam technology, race fans will have a live view of the construction activities along the frontstretch grandstands with multiple vantage points including a panorama view and the ability to zoom in.

There are three robotic 288 megapixel archiving cameras as well as four HD streaming cameras aimed at the construction work taking place at Daytona International Speedway.

The cameras went live to the public today and can be viewed on www.DAYTONARISING.com or by clicking here.

“The technology and cameras are a great way for race fans to keep tabs on DAYTONA Rising,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “There will be plenty of milestones throughout the course of the project and we encourage fans to visit the web site to check on the progress.”

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

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.

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 10 | On and Off the Track, DIS Boasts Busy Schedule of Activities during Fall Cycle Scene

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Daytona International Speedway will become a biker’s paradise on Oct. 17-20 for the annual Fall Cycle Scene.

Fall Cycle Scene

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway will become a biker’s paradise on Oct. 17-20 for the annual Fall Cycle Scene.

On the track, the Speedway’s 3.51-mile road course will showcase the Team Hammer Advanced School, vintage racing from American Historic Motorcycle Racing Association (AHMRA), Championship Cup Series (CCS) sprint races and the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) finals.

Outside the “World Center of Racing,” there will also be numerous motorcycle activities to check out including:

• Monster Dash: The annual Monster Dash returns on Friday night, Oct. 18 where bikers will have the opportunity to take two parade laps around the Speedway. Tickets are $30 per bike and can be purchased in advance by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or the day of the event.
• Fashion show: The Hot Leathers Fashion Show will be staged on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. in the K&G Cycles Thunder Alley.
• Free Demo Rides: Motorcycle enthusiasts can test-ride the newest rides from manufacturers such as Yamaha, Victory and Indian.
• Vendors and displays: Bikers can visit with close to 100 of the nation’s top aftermarket product vendors or get an up close look at the cruiser and sport bike manufacturers and custom bike builders have to offer in their display areas.
• K&G Cycles Thunder Alley: Bikers can spend the day inside the K&G Cycles Thunder Alley where they can enjoy a cold Budweiser and great food next to the area’s largest vendor, display and demo ride marketplace. K&G Cycles Thunder Alley will also showcase entertainment, games and contests. Local musical acts scheduled to perform are Walt Kulwicki from “Those Guys” (Friday, 3 p.m.) and Southern Justice (Saturday, 3 p.m.).
• RV Parking: RV parking is available inside the “World Center of Racing” infield.   RV Camping (with hook-ups) is available for $295 and RV camping (no hook-ups) is $175 which also includes two adult admissions for the weekend’s racing activities.  Motorcycle trailer parking is $25. For more information, call 1-800-PITSHOP.

For a complete schedule of Fall Cycle Scene events, click here.

Tickets for Fall Cycle Scene start at $10 and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or at the gate. Fans can also 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 09 | Colin Braun, Michael Shank Racing And Ford Establish New Records In Daytona Prototype

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Colin Braun turned the fastest lap ever recorded on the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval, piloting Michael Shank Racing’s Ford EcoBoost-powered Daytona Prototype to a lap of 222.971 mph (40.364 sec.).

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Colin Braun turned the fastest lap ever recorded on the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway oval on Wednesday afternoon, piloting Michael Shank Racing’s Ford EcoBoost-powered Daytona Prototype to a lap of 222.971 mph (40.364 sec.).

Braun’s lap was part of a record-breaking afternoon at the “World Center of Racing.” Subject to homologation from the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Braun also set new world speed records for 10 kilometers from a standing start and 10 miles from a standing start. Braun’s 10-km speed was 202.438 mph and the 10-mile speed was 210.018 mph.

Braun’s single-lap speed topped Bill Elliott’s record of 210.364 mph set during qualifying for the Daytona 500 in 1987. The 10-km and 10-mile world records were held by Hans Liebold, who drove a Mercedes-Benz Turbo to a 10-km speed of 199.101 mph and a 10-mile speed of 208.316 mph from a standing start in Nardo, Italy on May 5, 1979.

“It’s certainly really special to hold the record here at Daytona,” Braun said. “This is the place where I got my first professional sports car win in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series with a Ford-powered DP car. It’s always been a historic place for a lot of people. This is hallowed ground here at Daytona, so it’s really special to hold the record at this place. To get to do it with a group of guys like Mike Shank and with the new EcoBoost Ford motor, it’s a special day, for sure.”

The record speed runs come on the heels of last week’s announcement that Michael Shank Racing became the first team to utilize Ford’s new 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine in its Daytona Prototype heading into the 2014 debut of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. It was the culmination of a process that began several months ago for Shank.

“I can’t believe, in my whole racing career, that I’d have an opportunity to do something like this,” Shank said. “I never thought we could. If you think about how fast we went around here in a Daytona Prototype car is a little bit surreal. This thing is extremely fast and I’m extremely proud of it. I think it bodes well for the future of sports car racing in the U.S. Daytona Prototypes are not slow cars. They are very, very capable cars and I think we proved that here today.”

The record runs were also a source of pride for GRAND-AM founder Jim France, who spearheaded the use of Daytona Prototypes as the top category for the Rolex Sports Car Series since 2003 and through the completion of the series last month. France will serve as chairman of the new International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), which will sanction the TUDOR Championship. The series, which results from the merger of the Rolex Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, will include Daytona Prototypes in its top class as well.

“It was a very special, exciting day to be able to set the track record with a Daytona Prototype,” France said. “I think it was very appropriate and very exciting. For Ford with their new EcoBoost engine, for Mike Shank and everybody involved at Ford Motor Company and their engineers and everybody who worked on the project, it’s wonderful to come to a great conclusion like this.”

The new EcoBoost V6 engine represents a renewed commitment from Ford to North American sports car racing and the TUDOR Championship in particular. Ford Racing Director Jamie Allison was on hand throughout the speed runs at Daytona and was thrilled with the performance of his company’s new powerplant.

“It’s a very proud day for all of us at Ford,” said Allison. “To take a Ford EcoBoost engine that is basically production technology, and to beat speed records that have been on the books for decades really says something for our new engine.

“It’s a great way to kick off a new era of EcoBoost and sports car racing for Ford.  Now we’ll start getting it ready to make its competition debut in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in January.”

The inaugural TUDOR Championship opens with the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26, 2014. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow sports cars at www.grand-am.com and www.alms.com, go 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, 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 04 | DAYTONA Rising October Project Update

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The recent DAYTONA Rising construction activities have helped pave the way for steel installation which is scheduled to begin in late October.

DAYTONA Rising

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The recent DAYTONA Rising construction activities have helped pave the way for steel installation which is scheduled to begin in late October.

Here is a recap of key construction activities since the last update in September:

  • Began reinforcing steel columns underneath existing black & white seating sections
  • Continued installation of pile caps in areas on both east and west ends of new grandstand footprint
  • Power distribution to all relocated ticketing gates along frontstretch
  • Began pile installation at base of existing Sprint Tower
  • Initial paving of areas near DIS Tours Building

Upcoming construction activities:

  • Steel arrival at marshalling yards near the Speedway
  • Mobilization of cranes for steel installation
  • Completion of augercast pile installation
  • Initial steel installation
  • Asphalt paving of grandstand access at the ticket entrances

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.  The project is expected to 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.

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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