Apr 07 | DAYTONA Rising April Project Update: Daytona International Speedway Completes Removal Of Sprint Tower’s Front Facade

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Sprint Tower

During the recent weeks, Daytona International Speedway continued demolition of the Sprint Tower as part of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. Using a 490-foot Manitowoc 2250 Crawler Crane, the Speedway has already completed the removal of the Tower’s iconic front façade that featured “DAYTONA.”  

The Speedway will continue the 30-day demolition process with two additional phases. The next phases will involve the removal of elevated walkways and concessions between the Tower and the Speedway followed by general demolition of the Campbell Suites.  

Additional upcoming construction activities include:

  • Ongoing elevator installation
  • Continuing miscellaneous framing and concrete installation
  • Developing hospitality suites  

Sprint Tower  Sprint Tower 
Sprint Tower  Sprint Tower 

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. Construction of DAYTONA Rising was recently cited as a primary source of expected growth in the Deltona, Fla., MSA as part of ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey. 

Toyota and Florida Hospital are Founding Partners of DAYTONA Rising, joining the Speedway to help provide the very best experience for fans through more than 40,000 total square feet of engagement areas, branding rights for two of the injectors/entrances and two 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.

Mar 14 | TOBC Racing Suzuki Rider Danny Eslick Repeats as Daytona 200 Champion

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It was the 12th time in the race’s history that a rider has won the Daytona 200 in consecutive years; the most recent repeat had been Mat Mladin in 2000-01.

Danny Eslick

Danny Eslick won the 74th DAYTONA 200 for the second-straight year on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, outdueling 2010 champion Josh Herrin with a dramatic last-lap pass coming off the 57-lap/200-mile American SportBike Racing Association event’s final turn. 

It was the 12th time in the race’s history that a rider has won the DAYTONA 200 in consecutive years; the most recent repeat had been Mat Mladin in 2000-01. 

Eslick pitted for fuel on Lap 54 while leading, but retained the lead coming out of the pits. Herrin then closed in quickly and when the final lap began, his No. 2 Yamaha was within a second of Eslick’s No. 69 Suzuki. In the high-banked Turns 1 and 2, Herrin grabbed apparent control. When the riders emerged from the 3.51-mile road course’s chicane – having both dealt with the untimely obstacle of a slower, lapped bike – and began climbing onto the speedway’s Turns 3 and 4, he had a seemingly secure advantage. 

It was a mirage. 

Eslick tucked in and drafted off Herrin’s bike, then nudged by him on the outside coming out of the famed “NASCAR 4.” He held on to edge Herrin by .086 seconds. 

“It was a textbook draft-pass at Daytona,” said Eslick, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. “Those last couple laps were pretty crazy. I thought I was all by myself. I was able to set him up [at the end].” 

Added Dublin, Georgia’s Herrin: “I thought I was going to be able to hold him off.” 

Geoff May, a long-shot veteran rider from Gainesville, Georgia, started a Yamaha from the pole and ran up front for much of the afternoon, eventually finishing third. 

The DAYTONA as its own, tradition-rich legacy that has run parallel to the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway. The event is America’s most historic motorcycle race, dating to 1937 when Ed Kretz Sr. rode an Indian motorcycle to victory on a 4.2-mile shoreline course that utilized both the beach and State Road A1A in Daytona Beach; the race moved to the speedway in 1961, two years after the facility opened. Saturday’s running featured four former champions: Eslick, Herrin, Steve Rapp and John Ashmead. 

In addition to Eslick, here are the other DAYTONA 200 repeat championship efforts: Ben Campanale (1938-39); Dick Klamfoth (1951-52); Joe Leonard (1957-58); Brad Andres (1959-60); Roger Reiman (1964-65); Cal Rayborn (1968-69); Dick Mann (1971-72); Kenny Roberts (1983-84), Scott Russell (1994-95 and ’97-98) and Mladin. 

Fans can 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.

Mar 14 | Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Justin Jones Dominating In Victories On Second Night Of AMA Competition At Daytona Flat Track

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In the GNC1 semifinals, also 10 laps each, winners were Wyatt McGuire (Honda) and Johnny Lewis (KTM).

Coolbeth

Kenny Coolbeth Jr. led 23 of 25 laps en route to winning the AMA Pro Racing GNC1 class main event on Friday night at the quarter-mile Daytona Flat Track located adjacent to Daytona International Speedway. 

In the consummate dominating ride, the 38-year-old Coolbeth, aboard a Honda, crossed the finish line 6.474 seconds ahead of second-place Brandon Robinson (Honda). Sammy Halbert (Honda) finished third. His fastest lap was the race’s next-to-last, impressive punctuation to Coolbeth’s 34th national series victory.

Coolbeth, of Center Hill, Florida, was asked to describe the best thing about racing at Daytona. 

“Winning,” he said. “This is amazing.” 

In the 18-rider, 16-lap main event for GNC2, an action-packed class featuring up-and-coming Flat Track racers, 18-year-old Justin Jones of Holley, N.Y. rode a Honda to victory – his first main event victory in GNC2 racing. Jones also dominated, leading every lap and beating runner-up Davis Fisher (Honda) by 2.695 seconds. Dalton Gaulthier (Yamaha) finished third. 

“I just focused on getting a good start and got a real good one,” Jones said. “I got the hole shot … and didn’t look back.” 

The three 10-lap GNC1 heats offered a preview of things to come for the headlining class: the winners were Halbert, Robinson and Coolbeth. Robinson also won the class’ four-lap “Dash For Cash” paying $1,000 and featuring the top-two finishers from each heat. The class’ eight-lap “Last-Chance Qualifier” was claimed by Nick Armstrong (Honda). 

In the GNC1 semifinals, also 10 laps each, winners were Wyatt McGuire (Honda) and Johnny Lewis (KTM). 

Fans can 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.

Mar 14 | Yamaha Rider Geoff May Takes Daytona 200 Pole By .005 Seconds

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Defending Race Champion Danny Eslick Qualifies Fourth

Geoff May

Geoff May is 34 years old, amid a professional motorcycle racing career that, he says, has “gone up and down.”

Friday was up. 

Way up. 

May, riding the No. 99 Yamaha, captured the pole position for Saturday’s 74th annual Daytona 200 American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) race at Daytona International Speedway by a scant .005 seconds over No. 2 Meen Motorsports Yamaha rider Josh Herrin on the 3.51-mile road course. When Friday’s two qualifying sessions were complete, May’s best lap was 1 minute, 50.636 seconds compared to Herrin’s 1:50.641. Rounding out the top four are Stefano Mesa (No. 11 Yamaha) and defending Daytona 200 champion Danny Eslick (No. 69 Suzuki). 

May posted his fast lap late in the second session. “I knew it was a good lap,” he said. “When I saw my number go to the top of the boards, I was happy. I knew I had [the pole]; with the amount of time left [in the session] nobody was going to best that. I’m over the moon.” 

May, from Gainesville, Georgia, is out to prove a point this week. And he’s doing it the hard way, as in bare-bones, budget-wise. Much of May’s effort has been funded by fans, via an on-line campaign he initiated. 

“We don’t even have a trailer,” he said. “We stuffed as much in a van as we could and rolled down to Daytona to give it our best shot. This reminds me of my privateer days. But I’ve done it before. That’s how I earned my way into the AMA paddock. 

“This is my 16th year coming to Daytona. Overnight I’ve become a veteran. I’m out of a job racing right now; I wanted to come down to Daytona to remind people I’m still a top rider and I do deserve a job … I feel like I do have a place, I feel like I’m at the peak of my ability, fitness and knowledge. I’m not ready to quit. I came down here to put a stamp on things.”

Eslick, from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, started on the pole last year en route to winning the Daytona 200. His strategy is simple and based on last year, a recipe for success. 

“Be there at the end,” Eslick said. “It’s a long race. You have to stay out of a first-turn pileup [early] when everybody’s antsy and trying to be a hero. Hopefully just hang tight and be there at the end.” 

The 57-lap/200-mile Daytona 200 is set for 1 p.m. (ET) Saturday. For more information and tickets, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can 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.

Mar 12 | Suzuki’s Stevie Bonsey and Honda’s Andrew Luker Win On Opening Night At Daytona Flat Track

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Flat Track

Stevie Bonsey, riding the No. 80 Suzuki, led all 25 laps on his way to victory in the AMA Pro Racing GNC1 class main event |on Thursday night at the Daytona Flat Track located just outside Turns 1 and 2 at Daytona International Speedway. The triumph was his third national win in the elite GNC1 class, which features the best dirt track racers in the world, but his first at the Daytona Flat Track.

“I’m on top of the world,” said the 25-year-old Bonsey, who is a native of Salinas, CA.

While Bonsey led flag-to-flag in the race, it was hardly a runaway. Honda riders Jared Mees and Kenny Coolbeth Jr. were right on Bonsey’s rear tire the whole race but couldn’t find an opening to pull off a pass.

“I was glued to his rear wheel,” said Mees, who took runner-up honors with Coolbeth finishing third. “I was hoping for a mistake out of Stevie. He’s a phenomenal rider and he didn’t make one. I played it very safe. I rode like a gentleman. I don’t know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. I had maybe one shot to get in there.”

Bonsey’s margin of victory in the event was .123 seconds.

In the 18-rider, 16-lap GNC2 main event, a class that features the up-and-coming Flat Track racers, Andrew Luker riding the No. 11Z Honda captured his first career victory by a margin of 1.218 seconds.

In the six-lap GNC1 $1,000 Dash For Cash, featuring the top-two finishing riders in each of the heat races, was won by Coolbeth Jr.

Riders winning the 10-lap GNC1 expert heats were Mees, Jarod Vanderkooi (Honda) and Bonsey. In the GNC1 expert semifinals, Jay Maloney (Honda) and JD Beach (Yamaha) were victorious the victories.

Action will conclude at the Daytona Flat Track on Friday night. For more information and tickets for the remaining Daytona 200 Week events, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

Fans can 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.

Mar 12 | FansChoice.tv to Live Stream the 74th Daytona 200 on Saturday

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Motorcycle fans can go online at www.FansChoice.tv and watch the historic motorcycle race free of charge.

Fanc Choice

FansChoice.tv will provide live streaming coverage of the 74th Daytona 200 on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway, sanctioned for the first time by the American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA). Motorcycle fans can go online at www.FansChoice.tv and watch the historic motorcycle race free of charge.

The Daytona 200 will be a 57-lap race on the 3.51-mile road course showcasing riders aboard 600cc sportbikes battling for a purse of $175,000 with the race winner also being awarded a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

Qualifying for the starting lineup for the DAYTONA 200 will take place on Friday, March 13 with the race going green the following day at 1 p.m.

The DAYTONA 200 is America’s most historic motorcycle race with the inaugural event being held on the sands of Daytona Beach before the race moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961.

More than 50 riders have entered the race including five former DAYTONA 200 champions Danny Eslick (2014), Josh Herrin (2010), Steve Rapp (2007), John Ashmead (1989) and Dave Sadowski Sr. (1990).  

Reserved grandstand tickets for the DAYTONA 200 are $45, unreserved grandstand/infield tickets are $45 and unreserved grandstand tickets are $35. Kids 12 and under are free in general admission areas.

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

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram 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.

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