Dec 09 | Two communities win with food drive competition results

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A friendly holiday food drive competition between Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway resulted in two local communities receiving thousands of food items just in time for the holiday season.

BROOKLYN, Mich., and DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A friendly holiday food drive competition between Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway resulted in two local communities receiving thousands of food items just in time for the holiday season.

The Drive for Hunger competition between MIS and DIS, which was held throughout the past week, saw hundreds of race fans, speedway employees and staffs of Americrown and Competition Tire, donate food items for the event with CCIS Brooklyn Food Pantry in Michigan and Second Harvest and Salvation Army of Central Florida receiving large donations of food for the holidays.

In fact, the food delivery by MIS, which took place on Tuesday, was the single largest donation the CCIS Food Pantry in Brooklyn has ever received. Some 18,280 pounds of food was collected between the two tracks.

Oh yeah, and Daytona won the competition between the two tracks with 13,000 pounds of food collected to MIS’ 5,280. With Daytona receiving more pounds of donated food, employees of the track will receive lunch courtesy of MIS and bragging rights until next year.

It wasn’t about the friendly competition between MIS and DIS, but rather the people in need this holiday.

“It was a fun and rewarding competition,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “To be able to say that we made the single largest donation to our local CCIS Brooklyn Food Pantry puts a big smile on all the employees here at MIS, Americrown and Competition Tire. We did a great thing for our community and I would like to personally thank all the race fans and employees that made this food drive a success.”

“Everyone wins with this competition,” said DIS President Joie Chitwood III. “We would like to thank all of our employees as well as the entire community for uniting together to help families during the holiday season.”

MIS started off with local Brooklyn Elementary School making a sizable food donation of over 2,100 items. The speedway received more donations throughout the week from race fans stopping by the Administration Building to give to the cause.

The Track Drive for Charity concluded the giving period for MIS, which took place Saturday. The track drive netted more than a thousand food and toy items, filling a full sized semi-truck trailer and cube truck courtesy of Competition Tire. The track drive gave race fans the opportunity to take a lap with their personal vehicle around the track in exchange for a food or toy item. Toys were donated to the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign, and not included in the final weight tally.

Todd Young, of Toledo, Ohio, attended the MIS track drive and donated a food and toy item for the event. Young has attended NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at MIS since 2002, but this was his first opportunity to take a lap around MIS in his personal vehicle. Young also won a drawing for two tickets to the MIS Champions Club for the June Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 race weekend in 2011. All track drive participants were entered into the random drawing.

“I wanted to attend the track drive last year but couldn’t. This year, I said I was going to make it for sure,” Young said. “It was my first time taking my car out on the track and it was very fun. The whole event was a tremendous experience and it was for a good cause, which made it even better.”

To drive food donations at the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway offered free admission to the new All-Access Tour to race fans that brought at least three (3) cans of food to the DIS ticket office counter on Dec. 3-4.

In addition, Daytona International Speedway hosted the WESH-TV “Share Your Christmas” food drive on Monday, Dec. 6 which benefited the Salvation Army and Second Harvest.

Dec 08 | IndyCar Star Ryan Briscoe joins SunTrust Racing for the Rolex 24 At Daytona

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IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe of Australia has been named to join Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor behind the wheel of the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet Dallara in the 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe of Australia has been named to join Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor behind the wheel of the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet Dallara prototype of Wayne Taylor Racing at the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Briscoe, teammate to Helio Castroneves and Will Power on the three-car Penske Racing team in the IZOD IndyCar Series, is no stranger to the SunTrust Racing team as the 2011 renewal of the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic on the 3.56-mile Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway road circuit will be his seventh career Rolex Series event and his fifth Rolex 24.

“We are obviously very much looking forward to having Ryan in the SunTrust car with Max and Ricky because it truly gives us a driver lineup that can deliver a win for SunTrust Racing,” said team owner and three-time sports car racing champion Wayne Taylor, who co-drove with Angelelli in the SunTrust Racing machine to win the 2005 edition of the Rolex 24 en route to that year’s Rolex Series championship. “I think we’ll have one of the strongest lineups in the entire field, and with our new Chevrolet engine, I think we’ll have a very good chance. Three years ago, we had Ryan in the SunTrust lineup but, unfortunately, he didn’t have the chance to drive because Emmanuel (Collard) had an accident in the early part of the race that ended our weekend. But he drove to a podium finish for us in the Penske-Taylor Racing car in 2008, and came back in 2009 with another strong finish in the Penske car. The really neat thing is that he already has a good relationship with Max and Ricky, and having been a representative for SunTrust the last few years, it’ll be like a family affair.”

Briscoe teamed with Castroneves and two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch to score a third-place finish in the 2008 Rolex 24 in the No. 9 Penske-Taylor Racing entry. In 2009, Briscoe finished sixth alongside Penske Racing Rolex Series regulars Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas at the Rolex 24. He made his first appearance at the endurance marathon in 2005, co-driving to a seventh-place finish with Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates entry.

“I’m excited to be back with the SunTrust team once again,” said Briscoe, who has finished in the top-five in the season-ending points during the last three IndyCar Series seasons with six victories over that span. “I’ve had a great working relationship with SunTrust over the last several years and, to be back in their racecar with such a strong driver-car combination in such a prestigious racing event, I’m confident that we can be there fighting for the win at the end. The Rolex 24 is definitely something that every road racer would like to win, and I think we have a good chance with the SunTrust team in 2011.”

Briscoe was entered in three events with the SunTrust team during the 2006 Rolex Series season. An early race accident prevented him from ever getting in the car at the season-opening Rolex 24, but he came back to drive to consecutive podium finishes later that year at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International – a third-place finish co-driving with Angelelli and Wayne Taylor in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, and a second-place finish co-driving with Angelelli in the August 200-mile sprint race.

The 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona is set for Jan. 29-30. Briscoe will also join the SunTrust team at the annual Roar Before the 24 Test Days at Daytona Jan. 7-9.

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

Dec 08 | Eighteen drivers expected for Goodyear tire test on Dec. 15-16

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At least 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will participate in the two-day Goodyear tire test on the new racing surface at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 20.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – At least 18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers will participate in the two-day Goodyear tire test on the new racing surface at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the 53rd running of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 20.

The test will be the first time race cars will turn laps on the new asphalt of Daytona International Speedway, which was repaved for only the second time in its history.

The Goodyear tire test will be open to the public with free access to the Oldfield Grandstands through the lobby of the Daytona International Speedway ticket office.

Drivers scheduled to participate in the test include:

2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray

Brad Keselowski

Mark Martin

Jeff Gordon

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

David Ragan

Kurt Busch

Casey Mears

Matt Kenseth

Bill Elliott

Paul Menard

Jeff Burton

Juan Pablo Montoya

Bobby Labonte

Todd Bodine

Regan Smith

Reed Sorenson

Brian Keselowski

On July 5, Lane Construction began the historic repaving project and used an estimated 50,000 tons of asphalt to repave more than 1.4 million square feet of Daytona International Speedway with a target completion date of Jan. 1, 2011.

Two test sessions have already been scheduled for January – the Roar Before The Rolex 24 on Jan. 7-9 and NASCAR Preseason Thunder with the Sprint Cup Series tams on Jan. 20-22.

Speedweeks 2011 will kick off with the 49th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race on Jan. 29-30 and conclude with the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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

Dec 06 | 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona Artwork And Program Cover Unveiled

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Internationally known artist Jay Koka has completed the commemorative artwork for the 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30, America’s most prestigious sports car race and the kick-off event to the international motorsports calendar.

2011 Rolex 24 Artwork

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Internationally known artist Jay Koka has completed the commemorative artwork for the 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 29-30, America’s most prestigious sports car race and the kick-off event to the international motorsports calendar.

Koka’s Rolex 24 artwork depicts the 2010 Rolex 24 winning car – the No. 9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley – and the runner-up entry of the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley in front of an iconic image of the challenging GRAND-AM endurance race – the 150-foot Ferris Wheel.

The artwork will serve as the cover for the Rolex 24 program and will be used on event posters and other promotional materials. In addition, 20 numbered and signed full-size reproductions, 34x44", giclee on artist-grade canvas and signed by the artist in the image and in the margin will be available for purchased by visiting www.jaykokastudio.com or by calling 1-519-650-3908.

“I consider it a great honor to have been asked to do this,” Koka said. “It’s a great opportunity for me, and it’s a lot of fun. I like sports car racing, and the Rolex 24 At Daytona is a well known race that is instantly recognizable.”

Koka created the cover for the 2010 Daytona 500 program. He has also been the featured and poster artist for many international events including the Cavallino Ferrari Classic of Palm Beach, Concours of the Eastern United States, both the Pebble Beach and Meadow Brook Concours as well as the Louisville Concours.  He has been the featured artist eight  times for the Ferrari Club of America International Meets and in 2008, he was commissioned to produce the featured art for the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

For 2011, Koka has been commissioned to produce the inaugural art for the new St. John’s Concours of America in Michigan.

The No. 9 Action Express Racing Porsche Riley with drivers Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Ryan Dalziel and Mike Rockenfeller captured the 2010 Rolex 24 edging the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing entry.

The 755 laps turned by Action Express Racing on the 3.56-mile road course was the second most in the Rolex 24 and the margin of victory – 52.303 seconds – was the third closest finish in event history.

The Rolex 24 At Daytona attracts a star-studded driver lineup from all racing disciplines around the world. Drivers who competed in the 2010 edition of the Rolex 24 included NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya, IndyCar stars Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon and sports car veterans Max Angelelli, Scott Pruett, David Donohue, Darren Law, Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney.

The event also produces a festival atmosphere with plenty of activities for fans to experience such as a massive GRAND-AM autograph session, wine and cheese tasting, Chili Cook-Off and the Daytona 5K & Fun Walk sponsored by Lane Construction.

Tickets for the Rolex 24 At Daytona along with the rest of Speedweeks 2011 events are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

Dec 03 | Daytona International Speedway honored with the NASCAR Foundation Track of the Year Award

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Daytona International Speedway received the 2010 NASCAR Foundation Track of the Year Award at the NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon held on Thursday at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway received the 2010 NASCAR Foundation Track of the Year Award at the NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Awards Luncheon held on Thursday at the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III accepted the award from Steve Gaffney, Director of Sports Marketing for Sprint.

“On behalf of the staff at DIS, I want to thank NASCAR and the NASCAR Foundation for this fantastic recognition,” Chitwood said. “The passion the staff has at Daytona for NASCAR racing is not just about the race itself, it’s about the community, the charitable involvement and this family that we're all in. I couldn't be more proud of what they do on a daily basis.”

Beginning this year, the NASCAR Foundation implemented a year-long fundraising and awareness contest among NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide tracks. Tracks were awarded points for funds raised and marketing activities that they engage in with the NASCAR Foundation with the top track being awarded the NASCAR Foundation Track of the Year award.

One of the highlights of Daytona International Speedway’s work with the NASCAR Foundation in 2010 was serving as one of the NASCAR Day “Big Five” Service Projects. As part of the program, the “World Center of Racing” hosted 100 middle school students in the Nationwide Series garages where they learned around the education side of racing.

For information on tickets for all Daytona International Speedway events, fans can visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter (www.twitter.com/disupdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/DaytonaInternationalSpeedway)

Dec 02 | Week 21, 22 Daytona Repave update: Final layer of asphalt put down on pit road

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The paving crew from Lane Construction enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with their families and is now back at work wrapping up the final month of work repaving historic Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona Repave
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The paving crew from Lane Construction enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with their families and is now back at work wrapping up the final month of work repaving historic Daytona International Speedway.

During the 22nd week of the Daytona Repave project, paving of the wearing course – the final layer of asphalt – is taking place on pit road, pit exit and the tie ins to the road course.

The track received two special visitors this week – NASCAR and sports car driver Max Papis and the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge winner Ross Kaiser.

Other highlights from the past two weeks include:

• Reinstallation of the Musco lights in Turns 1, 2, 3 and 4 is ongoing

• Reinstallation of the catch fence in Turns 1 and 2 is ongoing

• The SAFER barrier reinstallation in Turns 1 and 2 is complete

• Paving of the asphalt in the aprons in both Turns 1, 2, 3 and 4 is ongoing

• Daytona International Speedway will host a Goodyear tire test on Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 16

About the Daytona Repave: Lane Construction, which repaved other ISC race tracks including Talladega Superspeedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Richmond International Raceway and Darlington Raceway, will use an estimated 50,000 tons of asphalt to repave more than 1.4 million square feet of Daytona International Speedway and has a target completion date of Jan. 1, 2011.

Speedweeks 2011 will kick off with the 49th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race on Jan. 29-30 and conclude with the 53rd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 20, the prestigious season-opening event to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Race fans can view the progression of the historic repaving project from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands, which will open free to the public. Track tours are also available.

Daytona International Speedway also is posting updates on the project at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/repave and on its social sites on Twitter (www.twitter.com/DISUpdates) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/daytonainternationalspeedway). For fans interested in purchasing pieces of asphalt, they can visit www.jostens.com/Daytona

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