DAYTONA BEACH -- Officials with Daytona International Speedway are keeping their fingers crossed that a bill unanimously passed today by the Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee providing $60 million in tax incentives for the Speedway will continue making its way through the Legislature and eventual passage in the Spring.
The bill would provide tens of millions more for other sports stadiums throughout the Sunshine State, including the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars as well as a new soccer facility in Orlando.
"We're certainly thrilled the bill passed in the Senate committee," Speedway spokesman Lenny Santiago told Headline Surfer® in a telephone interview this afternoon.
Officials: Project won't hinder track from being race ready for Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH – Officials at Daytona International Speedway said they are confident enough of the preliminary work has been completed in the mammoth renovation and upgrade of the word-famous track that it will be "race ready" for the fans and their love of restrictor-plate racing in the Daytona 500.
ORLANDO -- In celebration of the Magic's 25th anniversary season, the team will don the original signature-black, pin-striped jersey with throwback team logos worn through the 1989-94 seasons, starting with tonight's matchup with the Miami Heat.
DELAND -- Stetson University Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote announced that Christophe Noblet has been promoted to associate Head men’s and women’s tennis coach effective today.
“Christophe has done very well so far and is very worthy of this promotion,” Pilote said. “Both the men’s and women’s teams will benefit from his new role within the program."
PAWLEY'S ISLAND, SC – The Stetson men’s golf team got off to a fair start in its first event of the 2013-14 season, but struggled over the next two days at the GolfWeek Program Challenge.
The Hatters opened with a 298 in the first round, but followed up with consecutive rounds of 309 on Monday and 308 on Tuesday to finish last in the 12-team event at the True Blue Course.
It is the second straight year the Hatters have finished 12th in the event.
ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic have signed rookie guard Victor Oladipo, who was drafted second overall by the team in the 2013 NSBA draft, General Manager Rob Hennigan has announced.
ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic will open the 2013 preseason at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville on Oct. 9 against New Orleans.
The Tip-off is 7 p.m. for the Wednesday game. This marks the third time that the Orlando Magic have played a preseason game in Jacksonville, with their last trip coming in 2008.
DAYTONA BEACH – Nine-time GRAMMY winner Sheryl Crow, whose long list of hits include “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up The Sun” and her latest single “Easy,” will perform a hour-long pre-race concert prior to the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 6 at Daytona International Speedway.
And you won't find a bigger fan than Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood.