Feb 16 | Actor Chris Evans, Star of Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Named Grand Marshal for 56th Annual DAYTONA 500

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Evans Will Deliver the Most Famous Words in Motorsports for the ‘The Great American Race’

Actor Chris Evans named Grand Marshal

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chris Evans, star of Marvel’s latest Super Hero adventure “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” scheduled for release on April 4, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Daytona International Speedway. The race is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET and broadcast on FOX, FOX Deportes, MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, as well as streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app.

As Grand Marshal, Evans will declare the four most famous words in motorsports—“Drivers, start your engines.” In addition to delivering the command, he will be introduced at the driver’s meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps prior to the green flag of the historic 200-lap, 500-mile race.

“What better way to kick-off ‘The Great American Race’ than with Captain America, Chris Evans, giving the command to start engines,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We look forward to having him be a part of our pre-race ceremonies in front of more than a hundred thousand race fans in attendance and millions more watching on FOX as we launch the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.”

Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, finds Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans), living quietly in Washington, D.C. following the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and enlists the help of a new ally, Falcon (Anthony Mackie). However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).

Based on the Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” is produced by Kevin Feige, p.g.a., with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. 

The film is presented by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. 

Predecessors to Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Solider” are “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011) and “Marvel’s The Avengers” (2012), in which Evans portrayed Captain America as well. 

Evans is also set to star in “Snowpiercer,” which opened as the #1 film in Korea and will be released later this year in the U.S. Additionally, Evans recently wrapped production on his directorial debut “1:30 Train,” in which he also stars. 

Evans joins the remarkable list of previous DAYTONA 500 Grand Marshals including John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage, Kate Upton, Jane Lynch, Matthew McConaughey and James Franco. 

For more information on tickets for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also 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.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit marvel.com



Feb 15 | Hamlin Captures The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona

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Grant Enfinger wins Lucas Oil 200 Presented By MAVTV American Real

        DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Denny Hamlin kicked off Budweiser Speedweeks 2014 with a strong showing under the lights in the star-studded Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway.

            After keeping the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Toyota out front for a race-high 27 of the 75 laps, and being the lead car at the end of the first two segments, Hamlin fittingly resumed his place at the head of the pack to lead the final lap around the 2.5-mile tri-oval and take the victory.

            “The best car won, that’s for sure,” Hamlin said in Gatorade Victory Lane. “We’ve had a good car all weekend. It was survival of the fittest for sure. With three (laps) to go, we’re at the tail end of a very small pack and it’s really hard to get runs, but this car was just phenomenal and you saw it those last couple laps.”

            Hamlin’s teammate, Kyle Busch, finished third despite a spin in Turn 4 with 15 laps to go. Busch expertly commanded the No. 18 Toyota and received minimal damage.

            “Once I got going on the apron, I didn’t even know where straight was on the steering wheel,” Busch said of the spin. He also had complimentary words regarding his teammate.

            “(Denny) won the last race of the year at Homestead, was the quickest in practice by doing what he needed to do to get a quick lap in practice for sitting on the pole for this race tonight, then he wins tonight,” Busch said. “He’s on fire right now. He’s good, he’s fast, he’s ready.”

            The field consisted of 18 drivers – the 16 pole winners from the 2013 season and two past Sprint Unlimited winners who attempted to qualify for at least one Sprint Cup race last season.

            Fans controlled three details of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series non-points event. Their first vote separated the 75-lap race into three segments of 30, 25 and 20 laps, respectively. The second vote, which was to determine the starting lineup by final practice speeds – gave Denny Hamlin the pole with Jamie McMurray alongside of him. The third vote based the final segment restart order on a mandatory two-tire pit stop, with the first car off pit road the leader being Hamlin.

           Tony Stewart made his return to competition after suffering season-ending injuries last summer. Stewart, who is second to Dale Earnhardt Sr. on Daytona International Speedway’s all-time win list, did not get a chance to notch another victory at the “World Center of Racing” after he was involved in an incident early on in the second segment.

            Through Daytona Rewards, some lucky fans were able to partake in the events of the evening, winning opportunities like presenting The Sprint Unlimited trophy in Gatorade Victory Lane, serving as Grand Marshal and riding in the Grand Marshal car during the pace laps, attending the drivers’ meeting, serving as an honorary pit crew member and having their photo taken with the winning driver.

            Legendary television and radio journalist Larry King served as co-Grand Marshal of The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona alongside two race fans after his wife, singer Shawn King, performed the National Anthem.

           Grant Enfinger captured his first victory at Daytona International Speedway in Saturday night’s 80-lap Lucas Oil 200 Presented By MAVTV American Real.

            Enfinger, who rolled off second in his fourth start in the season-opener for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, first raced at Daytona in go karts with his dad. He has also raced on the 2.5-mile tri-oval in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, finishing 12th in 2012. Despite two wins in the ARCA Series in 2013, Enfinger was awaiting the win that would propel his career; he now has it.

             “This means everything to everybody,” Enfinger said of winning at the historic track. “Everybody knows Daytona, everybody knows this race. More than just personally and career-wise – which is great for me and for BCR (Racing) – we put ourselves on the map last year with a couple wins, but to (win) here, in front of everybody – the biggest crowd, the biggest spectator race we have all year – is just an incredible feeling.

            “This (win) is one of those things that hasn’t sunk in yet,” Enfinger continued. “I’m feeling it, but it hasn’t sunk in yet. It’s just incredible. I wish my family could have been here because this is something we’ve dreamed of for a long time.”

            Finishing second and tallying his ninth top-five finish in 23 starts in the kick-off race to Budweiser Speedweeks 2014, was 10-time ARCA Series champion Frank Kimmel, who despite his career accolades, has yet to visit Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona. Following Kimmel across the finish line was Martinsville Speedway president Clay Campbell, Tom Hessert and top-finishing rookie Tyler Reddick.

            There were also some familiar last names participating in the race. Chase Elliott, son of 11-time Daytona winner and owner of the fastest qualifying speed in a stock car at DIS, Bill Elliott, stayed near the front of the pack for the majority of the race and finished ninth. Jeb Burton, son of DAYTONA 500 champion Ward Burton, finished 29th and Justin Allison, grandson of Donnie Allison and great-nephew of Bobby Allison, finished 36th.

            Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 – start at $65 and are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

            Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also 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.

Feb 14 | Larry and Shawn King to Participate In The Sprint Unlimited Pre-Race Ceremonies

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Larry King to Serve as Co-Grand Marshal, Shawn King to Sing National Anthem

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Legendary television and radio journalist Larry King will serve as co-Grand Marshal of The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, Feb. 15 while his wife, singer Shawn King, will perform the National Anthem.

Shawn King will sing the National Anthem just prior to her husband Larry King’s starting command, “Drivers, start your engines,” which will be delivered alongside two race fans that will be selected earlier in day to serve as Co-Grand Marshals.

“We are excited to welcome Larry and Shawn King to the ‘World Center of Racing’ to participate in the pre-race ceremonies for The Sprint Unlimited,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Larry is an iconic newsman and we’re looking forward to his command alongside two race fans. We are also delighted to have his wife Shawn King deliver a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem.”

The Co-Grand Marshals that will give the starting command alongside Larry King are part of the 1,000+ prizes that will be awarded to race fans on property throughout Budweiser Speedweeks. Fans can register at the DAYTONA Reward Stations powered by Windows located in Sprint FANZONE, the Midway outside Turn 4 and in front of the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building.  Fans can also pre-register online at www.DISRewards.com prior to arriving at the track.

King, who started his radio career in Florida, has been a household name for decades with his nightly coast-to-coast talk show “The Larry King Show” and his international TV call-in show “Larry King Live.” He is also known for his voice work for animated films such as “Shrek 2,” “Shrek the Third” and “Bee Movie.” Additionally, King has written several popular books including “How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere” and his candid, tell-all book “Truth Be Told.”

Shawn King grew up in the entertainment business, starting her singing and acting career at the age of 3. Since then she has guest starred in many films and primetime television shows, co-hosted “The Spectacular World of Guinness Records” and hosted the weekly entertainment news show “Hollywood Insider.” In September 2005, she released a country album titled “In My Own Backyard.” 

For more information on tickets for The Sprint Unlimited on Saturday as well as the 56th annual DAYTONA 500, race fans can go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can also 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.


Feb 14 | Aloe Blacc to Sing National Anthem for 56th Annual DAYTONA 500

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Aloe Blacc to Sing National Anthem for 56th Annual DAYTONA 500

Aloe Blacc

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Singer, songwriter Aloe Blacc will perform the National Anthem prior to the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET (FOX).

“Aloe Blacc is recognized around the globe for his smooth vocals, so it’s only fitting he perform at the ‘World Center of Racing’ in front of more than one hundred thousand race fans and millions more watching on FOX,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We look forward to hearing his moving rendition prior to the start of NASCAR’s richest and most prestigious race.”

Aloe Blacc will release his major-label debut album Lift Your Spirit  March 11th on XIX Recordings/Interscope Records.  The set follows up Blacc’s collaboration as vocalist and co-writer on well-known DJ/producer Avicii’s track “Wake Me Up,” a song that hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on its Hot Dance Club Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs charts, as well as topping charts in more than 100 countries.

Blacc’s five-track Wake Me Up EP came out last September and included an acoustic version of the title track.  Blacc’s current single, “The Man,” which is featured in the new Beats by Dre national TV campaign, is quickly climbing to the top of the charts with more than 900,000 singles sold.  Blacc is featured in the line-up for this April’s Coachella festival and will be touring the U.S. this summer with Bruno Mars.

To learn more about Aloe Blacc, visit www.aloeblacc.com and follow him on Twitter (@aloeblacc).

For more information on tickets for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also 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.



Feb 14 | Fanatics Authentic Offers Timeless Collectibles from Iconic Daytona International Speedway as Part of the Historic DAYTONA Rising Redevelopment

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Fanatics Authentic Offers Timeless Collectibles from Iconic Daytona International Speedway as Part of the Historic DAYTONA Rising Redevelopment

Fanatics Authentic Offers Timeless Collectibles
Collection Available at http://www.FanaticsAuthentic.com/DAYTONA_Rising 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – February 12, 2014 – Fanatics Authentic, the premier online destination for authentic autographed memorabilia, has teamed up with Daytona International Speedway to offer all race fans the rare opportunity to own a piece of motorsports history. As DAYTONA Rising, the historic redevelopment of Daytona International Speedway continues, Fanatics Authentic is giving fans the chance to purchase parts of the iconic “World Center of Racing,” from the very grandstand seats they sat in to the signage and other historic memorabilia from the Speedway. As the new memorabilia division of Fanatics, Inc., the nation's largest online retailer of licensed sports products, Fanatics Authentic is allowing fans the opportunity to bring home a lifetime of memories with their unique collectibles and unparalleled reputation. 

The “World Center of Racing” is one of the most revered racetracks in NASCAR and motorsports history, producing over a half century of unforgettable racing moments with thrilling victories and high speed competition that are treasured by fans around the world.  Daytona International Speedway and Fanatics Authentic are providing a way for NASCAR fans to preserve those special moments with their DAYTONA Rising Collection. With the renovation of Daytona International Speedway, Fanatics Authentic will use various pieces of the venue to create impressive commemorative collectibles. 

Currently, the sports memorabilia retailer is offering Daytona International Speedway ticketholders the option to take home the seats they frequented by preselling the racetrack’s seats along the famed frontstretch. Non-ticketholders can purchase generic seats and additional speedway relics.

Fans can visit FanaticsAuthentic.com/DAYTONA_Rising to view the full collection, and can reserve their seats of choice with a Fanatics Authentic sales representative by calling (866) 578-0541.
 
“The renovation of Daytona International Speedway will usher in a new era for race fans at the historic venue,” said Ross Tannenbaum, CEO of Fanatics Authentic, “We’re thrilled to partner with Daytona International Speedway to offer race fans a chance to own a piece of that storied history.  The fond memories of the iconic motorsports landmark can now live on in fans’ households in a unique way.”

“From the day we announced the DAYTONA Rising project, we received a lot of interest from fans, industry partners and even drivers in purchasing seats and other memorabilia from the Speedway,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “By partnering with Fanatics Authentic, we will ensure the highest quality authentic memorabilia from the ‘World Center of Racing’ will be available to satisfy even the most die-hard NASCAR fan.”

Fans that purchase items from the DAYTONA Rising Collection will begin to receive their memorabilia from Turn 1 in September 2014.

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.

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.

Feb 10 | Actor Gary Sinise Named Honorary Starter for the 56th Annual Daytona 500

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Special Daytona 500 Ticket Package Available Supporting Gary Sinise Foundation

Gary Sinise Named Honorary Starter
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Gary Sinise, actor, humanitarian and founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, will wave the green flag as the Honorary Starter at Daytona International Speedway for the 56th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET (FOX). 

“Gary Sinise is not only a respected and accomplished actor, but a compassionate advocate for our servicemen and women and does a tremendous amount of work for the American troops,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “We are excited to have him kick off ‘The Great American Race’ by waving the green flag for the Daytona 500.”

“It’s an honor to be selected as Honorary Starter at this year’s Daytona 500 on behalf of the Gary Sinise Foundation. The race is a celebrated tradition and an important occasion to raise awareness and support for the men and women who serve our country”, said Sinise.

In addition to Sinise’s participation as Honorary Starter, a special Daytona 500 ticket package supporting the Gary Sinise Foundation is available for $90 and includes:
  • Daytona 500 backstretch ticket
  • $10 donation to the Gary Sinise Foundation
  • Access to a 15-minute fan forum with Gary Sinise prior to the Daytona 500

To purchase the special Daytona 500 ticket package, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/gary

Acting for more than 30 years, Sinise has had many memorable roles in movies such as Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Ransom and Truman as well as the television police drama CSI: NY. He has earned a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and an Academy Award nomination.

A long time supporter of the military and veteran community, in 2008 Sinise received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President George W. Bush, the second-highest civilian honor awarded to citizens for exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation – he’s only the third actor ever to receive this honor.  In 2011, he founded The Gary Sinise Foundation to honor and serve our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities.  These programs include its R.I.S.E. Outreach (Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment), whose flagship initiative is a custom Smart Home building project for severely wounded veterans, some of who will be attending at Daytona with Sinise.  Each home is customized to ease their daily challenges and help restore independence with features like retractable cook tops, cabinets and shelving, elevators and more, all accessible via an iPad.  Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Serving Heroes and Arts & Entertainment Outreach. The Foundation has also partnered with GE on their Get Skills to Work program to help veterans translate military skills into advanced manufacturing jobs while empowering employers with tools to recruit, onboard and mentor veterans. 

Additionally, Sinise has toured in support of the troops both home and abroad with his Lt. Dan Band, his 12-member cover band. Performing pop hits to classic rock staples, they’ve played for over half-a-million troops and their families since 2004. 

More information on The Gary Sinise Foundation can be found online at www.garysinisefoundation.org and on Twitter (@GarySiniseFound). 

For more information on tickets for the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access, race fans can go online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. 

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR, #DAYTONA500 and #ROADTODAYTONA.  Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can also 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

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