Daytona Announces Facility Renovation Plans, No Track Alterations

Daytona Announces Facility Renovation Plans, No Track Alterations

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From a press release issued by Daytona International Speedway:

Speedway Officials Unveil “New Look” Daytona Infield

Massive, multi-million dollar infield renovation project to begin in July

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 24, 2004) – In one of its most aggressive construction projects since Daytona International Speedway was built in 1958, track officials on Wednesday announced an exciting, multi-million dollar, multi-faceted infield renovation project – making “The World Center of Racing” not only the most prestigious track on the NASCAR circuit, but one of the most modern as well.

The immense project, scheduled to begin following the 46th running of the Pepsi 400 on July 3, will include a new tunnel, new NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garages, new NASCAR Busch garages, a new Gatorade Victory Lane, a Fan Zone, new waterfront specialty vehicle parking, new scoring trilons and expansion of the existing media center.

The massive undertaking is scheduled to be completed in time for the Speedway’s World Karting Association events in December. The project will not alter the layout of the track’s surface.

“Without a doubt, this is one of the most expansive and aggressive projects at Daytona International Speedway,” said DIS President Robin Braig. “Our goal has always been to make ‘The World Center of Racing’ unique and fan friendly. Our new amenities make it just that for our fans, officials, competitors and sanctioning bodies.”

Specifically, the infield ‘face-lift” includes:

· A new tunnel located in Turn One will be able to accommodate team transport vehicles and guests specialty vehicles.

· New NASCAR NEXTEL Cup garage area.

· New NASCAR Busch series garages similar to the NASCAR Nextel Cup garages.

· A new Gatorade Victory Lane which will include a “Victory Lane Club” for fans wishing to experience the excitement of the area during post-race revelry.

· A Fan Zone, located between the NASCAR NEXTEL and NASCAR Busch garages with a “Walk of Champions.”

· Expansion of the existing media center to accommodate ever-growing media covering events at Daytona International Speedway.

“The fan experience has always been a priority for International Speedway Corporation,” said ISC President Lesa France Kennedy. “Our additional fan amenities continue to keep Daytona International Speedway in the forefront of fan-friendly facilities.”

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