$400 million Speedway modernization on schedule to accommodate big crowd for Daytona 500

Officials: Project won't hinder track from being race ready for Rolex 24 

Construction is well underway with the $400 million renovation of Daytona International Speedway / Headline Surfer®Headline Surfer videos® / Construction and engineering crews are working in earnest to ensure the $400 million renovation and upgrade known as Daytona Rising is sufficiently on schedule for the Jan. 23-25 Rolex 24 and for the hundrteds of thousands of fans for Speed Weeks and the Daytona 500 in February.

Renovations well under way before the February Daytona 500 / Headline Surfer®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 tthe fans and their love of restrictor-plate racing in the Daytona 500.

"We are proud of the progress thus far on the Daytona Rising project and equally excited to welcome fans for the start of the 2014 racing season," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said Friday in a media statement provided by the track.

"They will get an up close and personal look at all the progress we've made to date and hopefully, they will share in the excitement that we've felt since the groundbreaking in July."

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"We are proud of the progress thus far on the Daytona Rising project and equally excited to welcome fans for the start of the 2014 racing season," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said Friday in a media statement provided by the track. "They will get an up close and personal look at all the progress we've made to date and hopefully, they will share in the excitement that we've felt since the groundbreaking in July."

Changes already under way to make the track race-ready include relocating the merchandise store building pad outside the front stretch, building a temporary suite tower lobby and temporary ticketing trailers, as well as the relocation of admission gates and pavement to improve fan access.

$400 million Daytona International Speedway modernization rendering / Headline Surfer®Daytona Rising project / Headline Surfer®Graphics for Headline Surfer® / Renderings of the Daytona International Speedway as shown at left and above would include more entranceways, social neighborhoods along the front stretch and expanded concessions and restrooms.

Even with the holiday season, construction crews made major strides in December, installing steel near the middle bowl section of the front-stretch grandstand, making the first elevated concrete pour to construct the first slab on the metal deck and completing pile cap installation.

Once complete, the revamped speedway will have five redesigned entrances, social neighborhoods along the front stretch, as well as 101,000 wider- and more-comfortable seats and expanded restroom and concession facilities.

Set for a January 2016 completion date, this month the focus shifts to making the facility race-ready for the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25-26 and the more than half-million visitor's expected for the Budweiser Speedweeks, culminating in the 56th annual Daytona 500 on Feb. 23.

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Here is the final lap of last year's Daytona 500 won by Jimmie Johnson along with snapshots of the race..
 
Key Construction this month to be ready for the Rolex and Daytona 500:
Initial steel installation near the east end of new grandstand footprint;
Completed pile cap installation Operationalized domestic water and fire lines;
Began asphalt paving near the west end of new grandstand footprint.
 

Headline Surfer® videos produced by Multimedia Editor Serafina Frederick / Highlights of the 2013 Daytona 500 from the 24/7 internet newspaper's vantage points in the pits and in the infield.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.