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Daytona International Speedway

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Daytona International Speedway
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Daytona: From the Birth of Speed to the Death of the Man in Black (Ed Hinton, 2001)

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Address: 1801 West International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114

A combination 2.5 mile tri-oval and road course race track most notable for the Daytona 500 and 24 Hours of Daytona.

The current race track opened in 1959, but racing on Daytona Beach began in the earliest days of automobiles and NASCAR competed on a course consisting of running down the beach, turning around, and racing back up the highway adjacent to the beach.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Daytona International Speedway page on 26 April 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, and Motocross. The track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.5 miles (4.0 km) high speed tri-oval, a 3.56 miles (5.73 km) sports car course, a 2.95 miles (4.75 km) motorcycle course, and a .25 miles (0.40 km) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre (73 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (12 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation.

The track was built in 1959 by NASCAR founder William "Bill" France, Sr. to host racing that was held at the former Daytona Beach Road Course. His banked design permitted higher speeds and gave fans a better view of the cars. Lights were installed around the track in 1998, and today it is the third-largest single lit outdoor sports facility. The speedway has been renovated three times, with the infield renovated in 2004 and the track repaved in 1978 and 2010.

On January 22, 2013, the track unveiled artist depictions of a renovated speedway. On July 5, 2013, ground was broken on the project that will remove backstretch seating and completely redevelop the frontstretch seating. The renovation to the speedway is being completed by Design-Builder Barton Malow Company in partnership with Rossetti Architects. The project, named "Daytona Rising", was completed in January 2016, and cost US $400 million, placing emphasis on improving fan experience with five expanded and redesigned fan entrances (called "injectors"), as well as wider and more comfortable seating with more restrooms and concession stands. After the renovations were completed, the track's grandstands include 101,000 permanent seats with the ability to increase permanent seating to 125,000. The project was finished before the start of Speedweeks in 2016.


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
18 March 2008Daytona International Speedway's huge set of Juevos!Jeremy T. Sellers
30 December 2009Daytona Super Stretch to close for Camping World 300Jeremy T. Sellers
24 February 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceJoie Chitwood, III
24 February 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceSteve O'Donnell
2 March 2013NASCAR Media ConferenceSteve O'Donnell
18 June 2013Daytona International Speedway Media ConferenceJoie Chitwood, III




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