The World Center of Racing is getting a face-lift, and the owners of the Daytona International Speedway are making sure that their greatest supporters are being made a permanent fixture at the facility. On Wednesday, November 6, DIS will recognize longtime ticket holders as “fans of steel” during a ceremony for the DAYTONA Rising project. The fans will literally become part of history after they sign a massive steel beam that will be used to build the new frontstretch grandstands.
This marks a new phase in the history of the historic track. The entire spectator experience is being redone, with the superstretch grandstands being eliminated, and the frontstretch being reimagined into a new themed experience, with state-of-the-art upgrades that have to be seen to be believed.
Of course, the track is only really alive when it has competitors trying to tame it's high banked corners. As a host to many forms of racing, from NASCAR, the United Sportscar Racing series, AMA, and more, the facility will continue to operate even during it's construction upgrade.
As the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season nears its conclusion, a star-studded list of drivers have already punched their ticket for next season’s first event -- The Sprint Unlimited At Daytona scheduled for Saturday night, Feb. 15 at Daytona International Speedway (TV -- FOX Sports One, Radio -- MRN Radio and Sirius XM Satellite Radio).
Twenty NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have earned starting positions in the 2014 edition of The Sprint Unlimited, the 75-lap non-points event that kicks off the stock car portion of Budweiser Speedweeks 2014.
For the second straight year, eligibility requirements for The Sprint Unlimited will consist of the previous season’s pole winners and past winners of The Sprint Unlimited who have attempted to qualify for at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race during the 2013 season.
Seventeen drivers have earned their starting spots by winning pole positions while three others will qualify as past winners of the event. Here’s a current look at the eligible drivers for The Sprint Unlimited:
· Denny Hamlin (4 poles)
· Kyle Busch (3)
· Joey Logano (2)
· Jimmie Johnson (2)
· Matt Kenseth (2)
· Ryan Newman (2)
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2)
· Jeff Gordon (2)
· Carl Edwards (2)
· Marcos Ambrose (1)
· Kurt Busch (1)
· Kevin Harvick (1)
· Brad Keselowski (1)
· Mark Martin (1)
· Jamie McMurray (1)
· Danica Patrick (1)
· Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (1)
· Terry Labonte (past winner 1985)
· Ken Schrader (1989 and 1990)
· Tony Stewart (2001, 2002 and 2007)
More details on the format, competition elements and the at-track experience opportunities for race fans will be announced in January.
The 73rd Daytona 200, America's most historic motorcycle race and the kick-off event to the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season, will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014.
"Opening our season at Daytona International Speedway is a source of pride for AMA Pro Racing," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Office of AMA Pro Racing. "The racing is always competitive, and we're sure the fans are as excited as we are about starting the 2014 season."
The season-opening AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike motorcycle race will feature riders battling the twists and turns of Daytona International Speedway's 3.51-mile road course for 57 laps, 200 miles.
In the 2013 Daytona 200, Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier delivered a flawless performance leading 50 of the 57 laps on his way to a 22.254-second margin of victory.
Beaubier added his name to the long list of motorcycle legends that have conquered the Daytona 200 including Scott Russell, Miguel Duhamel, Mat Mladin, Kenny Roberts, Dick Klamforth and Brad Andres.
In addition to the Daytona 200, the Speedway will host a full complement of GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing classes March 13-15 including the National Guard SuperBike, Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. The AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader is scheduled for March 13-14.
Kicking off Daytona 200 Week on Saturday night, March 8 will be the prestigious Daytona Supercross By Honda - the only AMA Supercross event in Florida in 2014. The tough and challenging course will once again be designed by Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael.
Daytona celebrates the fourth of July the way every race fan would expect; by holding a race! The 56th annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will be held on Saturday, July 5 at Daytona International Speedway. (weather permitting!) Daytona International Speedway will celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend with 43 stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series battling for a coveted victory in the 160-lap, 400-mile race, which will be capped off by the largest fireworks show in the Southeast.
Frontstretch grandstand seats for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola start at $45 and tower seats begin at $89.50. Reserved grandstand seats for children ages 12 and under are $10 and kids 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE.
Infield camping packages start at $345 and reserved site infield guests will be able to drive in and out of the infield.
History was made in the 2013 edition of the Coke Zero 400 as Jimmie Johnson won and swept both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway.
Johnson became the first driver since NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison in 1982 to sweep the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400 in the same season. Other drivers to have accomplished the sweep were Fireball Roberts (1962), Cale Yarborough (1968) and LeeRoy Yarbrough (1969).
“To do anything Bobby has done is pretty special,” Johnson said.
Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race, the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23, as well as the other events surrounding Budweiser Speedweeks 2014, and every other event at the speedway, can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 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 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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