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FYI WIRZ: DAYTONA Rising construction has fast changes for NASCAR fans

Pit road at Daytona during testing with construction rising in the background.
Pit road at Daytona during testing with construction rising in the background.
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The ambitious $400 million project to transform fan experience in the stands at Daytona International Speedway has been an energetic effort since the last big race on the July 4th weekend.

Already towering steel framework shows many how massive and effective the final product will be.

But not so fast—not yet anyway.

As the construction meets or exceeds the schedule that will have a completion date in 2016, big events happen—Like the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

Construction crews must periodically stop the project to make areas safe for fans during events. Potentially dangerous areas must be fenced off and access to existing seating on the frontstretch has to be made clear. .

The DAYTONA Rising project will commence at full speed in March after Speedweeks.

Courtesy of Daytona International Speedway:
“Our team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the facility continues to operate at a high level for our race fans during this busy and unique time,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “We are certainly excited about the future of Daytona International Speedway, however we are as equally focused on delivering a great experience during our upcoming events.”
Below is a recap of key race-ready activities since the last update in January:

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

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Six major NASCAR tracks are within a day's drive of Tampa. Great destinations justify journeys.

Here the NASCAR venue is considered local if tracks are within a 10 hour drive from Tampa—Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.

FYI WIRZ is the select presentation of motorsports topics by Dwight Drum at Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained from firsthand interviews or official release materials provided by sanctions, teams or track representatives.

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