Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway” by Will Pittenger
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Nickname

World Center of Racing

Location

Daytona Beach, Florida

Length

2.5-mile (4.0 km)

Type

Tri-Oval Superspeedway

Seating

101,000

Opened

1958

Series

Monster, Xfinity, Gander

Bio

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-mile (4.0 km) high-speed tri-oval, a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) sports car course, a 2.95-mile (4.75 km) motorcycle course, and a 1,320-foot (400 m) 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 four times, with the infield renovated in 2004 and the track repaved in 1978 and 2010.

On January 22, 2013, the fourth speedway renovation was unveiled. On July 5, 2013, ground was broken on “Daytona Rising” to remove backstretch seating and completely redevelop the frontstretch seating. The renovation was by design-builder Barton Malow Company in partnership with Rossetti Architects. The project was completed in January 2016, and cost US $400 million. It emphasized improved fan experience with five expanded and redesigned fan entrances (called “injectors”), as well as wider and more comfortable seats, and more restrooms and concession stands. After the renovations were complete, the track’s grandstands had 101,000 permanent seats with the ability to increase permanent seating to 125,000.[1][2] The project was finished before the start of Speedweek in 2016.

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