Daytona International Speedway

When talking about Daytona International Speedway, it basically refers to a race track located in Daytona Beach in Florida, US. Importantly, the speedway was opened in the year in the year 1959 and it has actually been the home of one of the most prestigious races in NASCAR by the name Daytona 500. Additionally, the speedway also hosts other races in NASCAR like Superbike, AMA, SCCA, ARCA, Motocross, and SCCA. Some of the major features of Daytona international speedway are as follows. A 5.73km (3.56 miles) sport car course, 4.0km (2.5 mile) high-speed tri-oval, 400m (1,320-foot) motorcycle and carting flat-track, and 4.75km (2.95-mile) motorcycle course. Moreover, the 12ha (29-acre) piece of land also has Lake Lloyd which is the main host of the powerboat racing game. Significantly, the speedway is normally operated and owned by the International Speedway Corporation.

The track history of Daytona International Speedway

The founder of NASCAR by the name William France Sr. planned the construction of the speedway in 1953 with the aim of promoting a series of games which at these times was racing and was initially held on the Daytona Beach Road Course. At the later dates William France Sr. with the chief engineer Charles Moneypenny to finalize of on the design of the speedway. According to William France Sr. the track was supposed to have the highest banking possible so that cars could speed at the highest and significantly offer the fans the best view of the cars racing on the track.

Within the same period, Charles Moneypenny traveled to Detroit where he was able to visit one of the world’s largest tracks in Michigan by the name Ford Proving Grounds. The ground basically has the largest test tracks and banked corners that France wanted to incorporate in Daytona Speedway. Crucially, Ford shared their engineering report with Charles Moneypenny offering him further details on how pavements ought to be translated from banked corners to flat straightway. The plan was taken to the commission of Daytona city who positively welcomed it and they established the Daytona Beach Speedway authority.

Furthermore, 181ha (447-acre) of land that was just adjacent to the Daytona Beach Municipal airport was leased by the commission so that it could be used in the construction of the track. France was the major funder for the project but at later stages, he found support from Clint Murchison who was a Texas oil millionaire. Clint actually loaned France about $600 million together with the relevant equipment that was required for the construction of the speedway. Other sources of funding include General Motors and Pepsi-Cola. By 25 November 1957 much of the work in as much as the construction of the track had been done. In the process of creating high banking, the crew had a big excavated hole which was filled with water resulting to Lake Lloyd. By 1958 almost everything had been done in the track and France had actually started earning through the selling of race tickets.

Fan amenities

 UNOH Fanzone

This is generally an access package that enables fans to get closer to race teams and drivers. UNOH Fanzone was actually established in the year 2004 as one of the major renovation done to boost infield tracks. With this amenity, fans were in a position to freely walk on top of the garages and view garage activities and tracks. As if not enough, through the amenities, the fans are also able to view the entire team performing their tasks in the garage including the NASCAR inspection and technical team through the window. Importantly, UNOH Fanzone also provides the fans with slots where drivers can sign autographs. It also features an extra food and drink area, live entertainment stage and other display and activities. Following the success of UNOH Fanzone renovation at Daytona, Las Vegas, the project received an Excellence award in 2005 from the Design-Build Institute of America. Other speedways such as Kansas Speedway and Motor Speedway actually copied the design and built a similar Fanzone. In December 9, 2016 that’s when the University of Northwestern Ohio bought the entitlement rights of Fanzone and hence ‘UNOH Fanzone’

 Budweiser Party Porch

This was generally a 14m (46-foot-high) porch that was situated the track’s backstretch. Importantly, the porch was actually built at the top of the backstretch grandstands portion and crucially features 10m (33 foot-tall), 84m (277-foot-wide) sign. The sign is actually the largest in the motorsports. Some of the interesting things that are contained in the porch include food and drinks, table and importantly an atmosphere the breaks the beaks the fans away from discomfort.

Right below the porch, there is an interactive fan zone which features a go-kart track, amusement rides, merchandise trailers and show cars. Significantly, in the year 2015 after the racing season, Budweiser Party Porch was torn down together with backstretch grandstands as part of the rising projects of Daytona.

Events

Some of the major events that are held in Daytona International Speedways include

2.5 Mile Superspeedway

 NASCAR Xfinity Series, which involves Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 and PowerShares QQQ 300

 Monster Energy NASACAR Cup Series; which entails points-paying races, exhibition races and importantly qualifying races.

 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series( NextEra Energy Resources 250)

 ARCA Racing series by Menards; involves Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.

Road Course

 WKA Vega Road Racing Series by Mazda; involves Daytona Kart Week

 Historical Sports Car Racing; includes Classic 24hours at Daytona

 Tran-am series; includes Trans-Am-Finale.

ARCA Racing series by Menards; involves Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200.

 IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge; entails BMW performance 200

Others

 WKA Speedway Dirt; involves Daytona Dirt World Championship

 Monster Energy AMA Supercross; includes Daytona Supercross by Honda

 AMA Pro Flat Track Racing; involves Daytona Kart Week.

 Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross

 WKA Mazda/ Bridgestone Manufactures (Daytona Kart Week)

Fatalities

It’s on record that about 40 people have actually been seriously injured in Daytona international speedway track incidents. The statistics for these fatalities include 12 motorcyclists, 23 car drivers, 1 power boat racer, 3 go-kart drivers and one track worker. One of the most death in the place took place on 18th February 2001 when Dale Earnhardt was killed on his final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500.

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