Feb 10 | Actor Gary Sinise Named Honorary Starter for the 56th Annual Daytona 500
Special Daytona 500 Ticket Package Available Supporting Gary Sinise Foundation
“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
Feb 10 | AMA Pro SuperBikes to Return to the DAYTONA 200 in 2015
AMA Pro Road Racing’s premier class to once again compete in America’s longest-running endurance motorcycle race
"Getting the SuperBikes back in the DAYTONA 200 has been a fan request for years and we're thrilled to be making this announcement," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "The DAYTONA 200 is America's premier motorcycle race, and our goal is to once again feature the biggest names in motorcycle road racing in the event."
The DAYTONA 200 is America's longest-running endurance motorcycle race, tracing its history to 1937 when the inaugural race was run on the sands of Daytona Beach. In 1961, the event became synonymous with Daytona International Speedway and has since seen many great names in motorcycling history win the storied event. Run at the culmination of Daytona Bike Week on Saturday afternoon, the 200-mile race is the only endurance race on the AMA Pro Road Racing schedule, and therefore provides a number of technical challenges.
The AMA Pro SuperBike class competed in the DAYTONA 200 from 1985 until 2004. Since 2005, the smaller-displacement motorcycles of Formula Xtreme and GoPro Daytona SportBike have campaigned the prestigious event. With the 2015 return of the AMA Pro SuperBikes for the 74th running of the DAYTONA 200, the top teams and riders will again headline the historic event.
"The DAYTONA 200 boasts a long and prestigious history since it first ran on the sands of Daytona Beach over seven decades ago, crowning some of the true legends of motorcycle racing in that time," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood. "Our fans have been patiently waiting for the premier class to return to the weekend's headline event. We are thankful to AMA Pro Racing, as well as Dunlop and the OEM's for working together to help make this move a reality for 2015."
The adjustments to the AMA Pro SuperBike rules package, planned as part of the recently-announced AMA Pro Road Racing class restructuring, are a key component to getting the SuperBikes back in the DAYTONA 200 for the 2015 running. Another important element is the commitment of AMA Pro Road Racing's spec tire partner Dunlop to the continual development of tires which are specifically suited to the special demands of Daytona International Speedway.
"Dunlop is excited about the prospect of having SuperBikes back in the DAYTONA 200," said Mike Buckley, Vice President of Dunlop. "Everyone on the Dunlop design and service team are enthusiasts first and foremost so the entire team is looking forward to supporting this endeavor."
The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season will kick off once again at Daytona International Speedway. The event is scheduled for March 13 - 15, 2014 and will have the same three-day format featured in recent years, highlighted by the 73rd running of the DAYTONA 200 on Saturday afternoon. For tickets and information, please visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
Keith McCarty, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Motorsports Racing Division Manager: "The DAYTONA 200 is an iconic event, and it's only fitting that SuperBikes--AMA Pro Road Racing's premier class--should be the bikes that compete in the 200. Over the years, Yamaha riders have won the prestigious DAYTONA 200 a total of 22 times, on everything from our two-stroke production racers and Formula 1 GP bikes, to our four-stroke middleweight machines like the YZF-R6 and SuperBikes like the FZ750, OW01, and YZF750R. As the 'Great American Motorcycle Race' approaches its 75th consecutive year of competition, we at Yamaha are excited that SuperBikes will be returning to their rightful place in the DAYTONA 200 next year."
Pat Alexander, American Suzuki Motor Corporation, Sports Promotion Manager: "American Suzuki Motor Corporation is looking forward to returning to compete in the Daytona 200 on the Suzuki GSX-R1000. We see great potential in returning to the 1000cc racing platform for the DAYTONA 200 and we're looking forward to trying to make that win happen."
Don Sakakura, Yoshimura R&D of America, Inc., Vice President: "In years past, Yoshimura and Suzuki have been very successful racing the historic DAYTONA 200 event. We're very excited to hear the 2015 DAYTONA 200 will feature the 1000cc SuperBikes. We anticipate our Yoshimura / Suzukis will be very competitive in the 200 mile format."
Erik Buell, EBR, Founder: "I was very excited to hear that the DAYTONA 200 will be returning to the premier class format it had for so many years. Years ago, one of my great aspirations as a racer was to reach the highest status so I could race in this legendary event. To have the DAYTONA 200 back in the original format is both the right tribute to the past and a proper recognition of the technology of today where modern tires and sophisticated electronics can allow top riders to harness the tremendous power of the machines."
Josh Hayes, Three-Time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion and Rider of the No. 4 Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1: "The DAYTONA 200 is our biggest race of the season, so the biggest and best bikes should be competing in it. And, of course, that's the SuperBikes. I'm looking forward to the 2015 DAYTONA 200, when SuperBikes will make their return. I say, 'Welcome back!'"
Roger Lee Hayden, Rider of the No. 95 Yoshimura Racing Suzuki GSX-R1000: "I'm really excited for the SuperBikes to be back in the DAYTONA 200. It's the biggest race of the year and it seems only fitting for the biggest class in AMA Pro to be competing in it. I grew up watching the DAYTONA 200 and it was always the SuperBike guys I looked up to that were winning it, so it's been my childhood dream to win the race. Hopefully this will also bring some international riders over like it has in the past. I can't wait and I think it's a great idea."
Larry Pegram, Rider of the No. 72 Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing EBR 1190RS: "I'm glad that the DAYTONA 200 is on the road back to the being biggest race in the world again. The first step is getting the big bikes back in the race."
Scott Russell, Five-Time Winner of the DAYTONA 200: "As a former winner of the biggest motorcycle race in America, I'm happy to hear that the SuperBikes will be back in the DAYTONA 200. It'll create more interest when we have all of the top riders back in the big race at Daytona. I think this is an extremely important move, and it makes me very happy."
About AMA Pro Road Racing: AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The 2012 schedule consists of 12 rounds of competition on the country’s finest road courses. Learn more about AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/.
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.
Feb 07 | Live Broadcasts Announced For UNOH Battle At The Beach
FOX Sports 2, MRN and SiriusXM To Carry Race Coverage FOX Sports 1 To Re-Air K&N Pro East and Whelen Modified plus New Smyrna K&N Pro East Opener
The UNOH Battle At The Beach is back at “The World Center of Racing” on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and again will air live on television and radio. FOX Sports 2 will broadcast live beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will go on the air at 6:45 p.m. with its pre-show, and the broadcast will be streamed live at MRN.com and simulcast by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90.
The evening kicks off with the special non-points combination event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points race follows at approximately 8:45 p.m. Both races will be 150 laps on the .37-mile oval.
Last year, popular veteran Steve Park used a little “chrome horn” to pass nine-time champion Mike Stefanik for the modified victory, while Cameron Hayley picked up his first NASCAR win in the K&N Pro Series race.
In addition to the live broadcast, the Whelen Modified race re-airs the same day, at 11 p.m., on FOX Sports 1. The K&N Pro Series East race re-airs on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m., following live NASCAR Sprint Cup practice from Daytona (4-5:30 p.m.) and leading into live NASCAR Sprint Cup practice beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season starts the season Sunday, Feb. 16 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. FOX Sports 1 airs the race in a one-hour format on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m., leading into Daytona 500 Final Practice at 10 a.m.
Hayley, Ben Rhodes and Gray Gaulding were all involved in a wild scramble off Turn 4 of the final lap of the 2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach, with Hayley emerging with the K&N Pro Series victory. All three will be back as the race will be the second championship East points event of the season.
The field also includes Daniel Suàrez, who closed last season with six top three finishes in the last eight races, leading Rev Racing’s four-car team in its pursuit of its second title in three years; Cole Custer, who became the youngest race winner in series history last year; Kenzie Ruston, the highest finishing female in series history; and two-time defending NASCAR Whelen All-American Series national champion Lee Pulliam, who is making his move up the NASCAR ladder.
Young star power will be in abundance in the Modified Tour race, led by Ryan Preece, who became the youngest champion in NASCAR Whelen Modified history last season. Rising stock car star Kyle Benjamin will jump in the No. 7NY Modified piloted last year at Daytona by Kyle Larson. They’ll be joined by young talent such as Tommy Barrett Jr., Timmy Solomito and Jimmy Zacharias.
In addition, past NASCAR modified champions Doug Coby, Donny Lia, Burt Myers and Ron Silk are all entered in the race.
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information on the NASCAR touring & weekly series, visit NASCARHomeTracks.com and follow NASCAR at Facebook.com/NASCARHomeTracks and Twitter: @NASCARHomeTrack.
Feb 07 | DAYTONA Rising February Project Update
Daytona International Speedway Finalizing Preparations for Upcoming Events
- Installed entrance chutes for ticket gates
- Tested lighting and Digital Antenna System (DAS)
- Relocated merchandise store building pad outside the frontstretch
- Built temporary suite tower lobby and temporary ticketing trailers
- Set up hospitality village and the Budweiser 1876 Club
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.
Feb 06 | Toyota Becomes First Founding Partner of Historic DAYTONA Rising Project At Daytona International Speedway
Extends Multi-Year Partnership At Several International Speedway Corporation Properties
CHICAGO and DAYTONA BEACH – International Speedway Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: ISCA; OTC Bulletin Board: ISCB) (“ISC”) today announced a groundbreaking, multi-year partnership with Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A., Inc. that will make Toyota the first Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway as part of its unprecedented $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project.
DAYTONA Rising is ISC’s complete reimagining of the fan and sponsor experience at its iconic Daytona International Speedway, a multi-year project encompassing the Speedway’s nearly one-mile long frontstretch that, upon completion in January 2016, will create a world-class facility with premium amenities unmatched in the industry. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“When we started drafting the designs of DAYTONA Rising, we envisioned partnering with equally forward-thinking organizations like Toyota to bring forth the very best experience for our fans and guests,” said ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. “Toyota has been a great partner for many years and we will continue to work together to enhance the fan experience at many of our facilities across the country.”
Beginning in 2015, the 11-year agreement will provide Toyota with naming rights for one of five fan injectors. The massive, new and redesigned entry statement includes over 20,000 square feet of Toyota engagement and fan experience that vertically spans four concourse levels.
The Toyota brand will also have a presence in the new “World Center of Racing” zone, the central “neighborhood” overlooking Daytona’s famed start/finish line inside the new frontstretch facility. The “World Center of Racing” zone is roughly the area of two football fields where Daytona International Speedway, its partners and race fans will celebrate the history and legacy of racing at the iconic motorsports venue. Fans will be able to socialize and enjoy themselves in this area prior to, during and after a race.
Ten additional neighborhoods, each the size of a football field, will be located throughout the new frontstretch with custom bar, retail and dining areas, as well as dozens of video screens to provide fans with non-stop views of on-track action while they mingle with friends. Toyota will also have branding rights to a neighborhood near the Toyota injector.
Additionally, Toyota will serve as an official partner of “The Great American Race,” the DAYTONA 500®, and will receive official pace car rights in 2015.
“DAYTONA Rising represents our commitment to delivering engaging and innovative ways for our partners to showcase their brand,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “We’re proud to integrate Toyota into this historic project. Our fans and guests will now enjoy more exciting, innovative and engaging experiences from the moment they enter the new facility to the time they reach their seats and beyond.”
In addition to the Founding Partner status with DAYTONA Rising, Toyota also extended the following sponsorship rights at other ISC venues:
- Race entitlement sponsorship of the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series races at Richmond International Raceway®
- Pace Car rights at Auto Club Speedway®, Chicagoland Speedway®, Kansas Speedway®, Phoenix International Raceway®, Richmond International Raceway® and Watkins Glen International® for each NASCAR major event weekend, as well as Official Vehicle at Route 66 Raceway®
The partnership was announced today at the Chicago Auto Show, the same location where Toyota initially revealed its plans more than 10 years ago to participate for the first time in NASCAR, as part of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
“This is a unique opportunity for Toyota to elevate our brand in the motorsports community, especially through the DAYTONA Rising project,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. “ISC and Daytona International Speedway will provide strong platforms to interact with our guests and most importantly, our race fans.”
Feb 03 | Once-In-A-Lifetime Experiences Await Fans at The Sprint Unlimited
Fans Can Ride in Grand Marshal Pace Car, Present Winner’s Trophy and Serve as a Honorary Pit Crew Member
“The Sprint Unlimited is an event that is designed around the race fans,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “As we kick off the new NASCAR season with this exciting star-studded event, fans in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in significant race roles and win some special experiences that will deliver long-lasting memories.”
Among the upgraded experiences that fans can win when attending The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona International Speedway include:
- Presenting the winning driver with The Sprint Unlimited trophy
- Riding in a Grand Marshal car during the pace laps of The Sprint Unlimited
- Attending the driver’s meeting
- Honorary pit crew member
- Photo with the winning Sprint Unlimited driver in Gatorade Victory Lane
There will be hundreds of other opportunities for race fans to win prizes such as Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 race tickets, Sprint FANZONE passes, Gatorade Victory Lane access, team hauler and garage tours and VIP viewing of driver introductions.
The DAYTONA Reward Stations will also be open the following week on Saturday, Feb. 22 for the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Sunday, Feb. 23 for the 56th annual Daytona 500 with more opportunities for fans to win prizes.
For the second straight year, The Sprint Unlimited will feature 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole winners and past champions of The Sprint Unlimited.
Twenty drivers are eligible for the 75-lap race including six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart, who is scheduled to make his return to competition for the first time since suffering injuries the summer of 2013.
Tickets for The Sprint Unlimited are available for purchase at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. Children 12 and under are free in general admission grandstands and the Sprint FANZONE.
Fans can follow Miss Sprint Cup (@MissSprintCup) on Twitter and stay up to speed on the latest news by using the hashtag #SprintUnlimited.
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.