Jun 11 | McMurray, Chitwood Visit Jacksonville Jaguars Training Facility

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“Speed in racing is a big deal,” Chitwood said. “When you go out there and see these athletes at speed is pretty impressive. It doesn’t translate on TV. When you see them out there practicing, it’s amazing how fast things happen. It’s definitely something that I appreciated today.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jamie McMurray got a taste of life in the National Football League on Tuesday as the driver of the No. 1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet SS Chevrolet participated in offseason training activities with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

McMurray and Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III were at the Jaguars training facility promoting the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 5.

McMurray and Chitwood were worked through drills during the first hour of practice at the fields adjacent to EverBank Field.

“Dale Jr. actually sent me a text last week at a test and asked me about doing fantasy football,” McMurray said. “I’ve never done it before. This year is going to be my first time. It’s nice to get down here and meet these guys and see everything they go through.”

“It’s all about the athletes,” Chitwood said. “When you can put those together, it’s a great opportunity.”

Among the activities the duo performed were returning punts, catching passes alongside quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Stephen Morris and pushing the blocking sled. The Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver wore a black No. 1 jersey while Chitwood wore No. 59 signifying the first year of operation of Daytona International Speedway.

Joie Chitwood and Gus Bradley

Following practice, McMurray and Chitwood spoke to the team. Chitwood presented a Jaguars-themed driver’s helmet autographed by all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and McMurray gave a crew shirt to the organization.

The grueling and hot practice was an eye opener for both McMurray and Chitwood.

“Water boy would probably be the best spot,” McMurray joked about what position he could play in the NFL. “It’s crazy how big all the guys are and then to see how small some of them are at the same time and they go up against each other fighting for the same piece of property.”

Jamie McMurrary and Joie Chitwood

“Speed in racing is a big deal,” Chitwood said. “When you go out there and see these athletes at speed is pretty impressive. It doesn’t translate on TV. When you see them out there practicing, it’s amazing how fast things happen. It’s definitely something that I appreciated today.”

McMurray, who captured the 2010 Daytona 500 and won the Coke Zero 400 in 2007, will return to the “World Center of Racing” in a few weeks for the Independence Day holiday classic with hopes of adding another Daytona win to his resume and a spot in the Chase.

“When I look at Daytona, that’s kind of a wild card race that I think a lot of guys have an opportunity to win,” McMurray said. “I’ve won both races at Daytona in the past. I look forward to coming down here every time we race here but this year more than anything because guys are trying to get that one win to get into the Chase. Daytona is going to be a big event.”

Jamie McMurray and Joie Chitwood 

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

You can also catch the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola live from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT. The race will also be broadcast on MRN Radio and SiriusXM.

Fans can follow NASCAR and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook 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.

Jun 10 | Lee Brice to Perform Pre-Race Concert for the 56th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola

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“We’re excited to welcome Lee Brice for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola and have him perform in front of the thousands of race fans in attendance,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said.

Lee Bice

Country music singer and songwriter, Lee Brice, whose list of hits include “A Woman Like You,” “Parking Lot Party,” CMA and ACM Song of the Year “I Drive Your Truck,” and “I Don’t Dance,” will perform an hour-long pre-race concert prior to the 56th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway.

Through a special VIP Ticket Package, race fans can get unprecedented access to the 60-minute pre-race concert that will be staged on pit road in the tri-oval area of the “World Center of Racing.” With packages starting at $115, the VIP Ticket Package includes:

• A reserved grandstand ticket for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola
• Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE access
• Admission to the VIP viewing area in front of the stage for the pre-race concert by Brice.

VIP Ticket Packages can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

“We’re excited to welcome Lee Brice for the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola and have him perform in front of the thousands of race fans in attendance,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “As we celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend, Lee’s energetic performance will prepare race fans for a thrilling night of NASCAR racing on the high banks.”

Brice , an “evocative, rough-edged singer with a penchant for songs that celebrate frailty" (NY Times), released his debut album Love Like Crazy in 2009 and its title track was Billboard’s Top Country Song of 2010. His second album, Hard 2 Love, was released in 2012 and has produced hit singles such as “A Woman Like You,” “Hard to Love” and “I Drive Your Truck,” which garnered both CMA and Academy of Country Music honors in the coveted Song of the Year category. Earlier this year Brice released “I Don’t Dance,” which is the title track for his third album set to release on September 9.

Brice is also an accomplished songwriter have written for stars such as Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, the Eli Young Band, Adam Gregory and Jason Aldean.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

You can also catch the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola live from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

Fans can follow NASCAR and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook 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.

Jun 04 | DAYTONA Rising June Project Update: Safety Takes Center Stage at Daytona International Speedway

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After hearing remarks from Joie Chitwood III and Len Moser of Barton Malow, the construction team of DAYTONA Rising received a special safety demonstration from Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Greg Biffle at DAYTONA Rising

As part of its commitment to safety during the construction of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising project, Daytona International Speedway participated in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) National Fall Safety Stand-Down – an initiative that emphasizes fall prevention in the construction industry. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Greg Biffle joined key officials from OSHA, Daytona International Speedway and Barton Malow (design-builder for DAYTONA Rising) at the “World Center of Racing” earlier today to discuss important safety topics with the DAYTONA Rising construction team. 

OSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jordan Barab kicked off the event by discussing the importance of effective safety and health programs at construction sites such as DAYTONA Rising. 

“The number of businesses and workers partnering with OSHA in this week is unprecedented and we want the impact to be unmatched as well,” said Barab. “We're bringing everyone together, including everyone here at the Speedway today, for these events so that we save more lives and prevent more injuries than ever before.” 

Earlier this year, OSHA’s Jacksonville Area Office, the University of South Florida SafetyFlorida Consultation Program and Barton Malow signed a strategic partnership for DAYTONA Rising that focuses on preventing work-related injuries and controlling or eliminating serious workplace hazards. 

“Safety is the foundation of our business both on and off the track,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “It’s important to reinforce the importance of safety as we continue to move forward with DAYTONA Rising.” 

“We’re committed to providing our employees with a safe working environment and will continue to take every measure to ensure that our staff is properly trained and prepared,” said Barton Malow Vice President Len Moser. “Our team is proud to be associated with these great organizations to collectively promote safety management.” 

After hearing remarks from Chitwood and Moser, the construction team received a special safety demonstration from Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Biffle was on hand to showcase 3M harness technology as well as preview the upcoming Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 5. He also helped DIS crews install some of the first new, wider seats as part of DAYTONA Rising (more on that below). 

“I’m happy to help Daytona International Speedway and Barton Malow with their ongoing safety efforts for the DAYTONA Rising project,” said Biffle. “It’s amazing to see how the project has developed in a short time. I hope to be standing in Victory Lane when we return here for the Coke Zero 400.” 

For Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola tickets, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

 

DAYTONA Rising Construction Activities

Approximately 2,000 seats were installed in the new grandstand footprint near Turn One. These seats will be available in time for Budweiser Speedweeks 2015. The Speedway expects to install a total of 40,000 new seats by 2015. 

The Speedway also continued escalator, elevator shaft and steel installation during the last month of construction and is now focused on race-ready preparation for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. Below is a list of key upcoming race-ready activities: 

  • Asphalt paving and patching
  • Installation of existing stairway fencing and fencing
  • Set up Sprint Tower elevator tent lobbies
  • Installation of entrance chutes for ticket gates

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. 

Toyota recently became the first Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through over 20,000 square feet of engagement area, branding rights for the Toyota Injector and one of the new neighborhoods. 

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.

May 22 | Two DAYTONA 500 Champions Among the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class

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“The NASCAR Hall of Fame continues to honor those that have made great contributions to our sport and this year’s inductees all have strong connections to the history here at the ‘World Center of Racing,’ ” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “This recognition is well deserved and speaks to the rich heritage of the sport.”

New Inductees Include Elliott, Lorenzen, Scott, Weatherly and White;
Anne B. France Recognized with the Landmark Award

The class of 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees was elected and announced on Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C., and two of the inductees are Daytona 500 champion drivers.

Included in the 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame class were:

  • Bill Elliott: A two-time Daytona 500 champion, the Dawsonville, Ga., driver also owns a Daytona International Speedway record that will most likely never be broken – the fastest lap in a stock car. During 1987 Daytona 500 Qualifying, Elliott posted a fast lap of 210.364 mph. Overall, Elliott has 11 career wins at DIS and won the July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race twice in 1988 and 1991.
  • Fred Lorenzen: One of NASCAR’s first true superstars, Lorenzen was driving for Holman-Moody when he won the first rain shortened Daytona 500 in 1965. With rain approaching, Lorenzen, nicknamed the “Golden Boy,” was in a tight battle for the lead with Marvin Panch. As the two drivers battled coming off of Turn 2, they made contact and Panch spun down the backstretch. The race was declared official after 133 laps.
  • Wendell Scott: One of NASCAR’s true trailblazers, Scott was the first African-American to race fulltime in NASCAR’s premier series, as well as the first to win a NASCAR premier series race. Scott posted a remarkable 147 top 10s and 495 starts during his 13-year premier series career. He won more than 100 races at local tracks before making his premier series debut, including 22 races at Southside Speedway in Richmond, Virginia, in 1959 en route to capturing both the Sportsman Division and NASCAR Virginia Sportsman championships. Part of Scott’s NASCAR legacy extends to present day with NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, the leading youth development initiative for multicultural and female drivers across the motorsport industry since 2004.
  • Joe Weatherly: Weatherly won two championships (1962-63) and 25 races in NASCAR’s premier series. But that’s only part of his story, which is long on versatility. A decade earlier in 1952-53, he won 101 races in the NASCAR Modified division, capturing that championship in 1953. He even tried his hand in NASCAR’s short-lived Convertible Division from 1956-59 winning 12 times. When he won his first NASCAR premier series championship, in 1962, he drove for legendary owner Bud Moore. When he repeated as champion a year later, he drove for nine different teams. At Daytona International Speedway, Weatherly captured back-to-back victories in the qualifying races in 1961 and 1962 and finished second in the inaugural Firecracker 250 in 1959.
  • Rex White: Consistency was the hallmark of Rex White’s NASCAR career. He finished among the top five in nearly a half of his 233 races and outside the top 10 only 30 percent of the time. White was a short-track specialist in an era in which those tracks dominated the schedule. Of his 28 career wins in NASCAR’s premier series, only two came on tracks longer than a mile in length. Driving his own equipment, White won six times during his 1960 championship season, posting 35 top 10s in 40 starts. He finished in the top 10 six of his nine years in the series including a runner-up finish in 1961.

In addition, NASCAR announced that Anne B. France won the inaugural Landmark Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

France, paired with her husband, NASCAR and Daytona International Speedway founder Bill France Sr., would create what today is one of the largest and most popular sports in the world. Anne played a huge role in the family business. “Big Bill” organized and promoted races; she took care of the financial end of the business. She first served as secretary and treasurer of NASCAR, and when Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959, served in the same roles for the International Speedway Corporation. She also managed the speedway's ticket office. France remained active in family and business life until her passing in 1992.

 “The NASCAR Hall of Fame continues to honor those that have made great contributions to our sport and this year’s inductees all have strong connections to the history here at the ‘World Center of Racing,’ ” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “This recognition is well deserved and speaks to the rich heritage of the sport.”

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also 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.

May 20 | Daytona International Speedway to host 2014 Sports Career Summit on June 11

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The 2014 Sports Career Summit will run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and participants can register by visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/careersummit

Those interested in a career within the sports industry will have a unique opportunity to tour the “World Center of Racing” on Wednesday, June 11 as well as hear from three top Florida sports executives in the 2014 Sports Career Summit.

The special day-long program will provide information and knowledge on how to break into the sports industry and the chance to network with sports executives, directors and managers.

Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, Jacksonville Jaguars Vice President of Communications Dan Edwards and Orlando City Soccer Club Owner/President Phil Rawlins will have presentations and Orlando Sentinel sports columnist and sports radio host Mike Bianchi will serve as the event emcee.

Other 2014 Sports Career Summit highlights include:

  • Facility tour and “hot laps” around the 2.5-mile superspeedway for the first 100 registered
  • Lunch
  • Two tickets for each participant to the 56th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday night, July 5

The 2014 Sports Career Summit will run between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and participants can register by visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/careersummit

Fans can follow NASCAR and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtag #NASCAR, Fans can also 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.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

May 19 | Jimmie Johnson Appearance Highlights “The 48 Family Experience”

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Jimmie Johnson, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and the two-time Daytona 500 winner, will team up once again with Daytona International Speedway for a special ticket package named “The 48 Family Experience.”

Jimmie Johnson Family Experience

A popular ticket package for the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Saturday night, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway has returned.

Jimmie Johnson, six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and the two-time Daytona 500 winner, will team up once again with Daytona International Speedway for a special ticket package named “The 48 Family Experience.”

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 5
  • 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

Tickets for “The 48 Family Experience” ticket package are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/48 or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

The stars of NASCAR return to Daytona International Speedway on July 3-5. Tickets to the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and the Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

Fans can follow NASCAR on Twitter (@NASCAR) and stay up to speed on the latest news by using hashtags #NASCAR and #COKEZERO400. Fans can also stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.

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