Daytona International Speedway

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 as well as its season opening event. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, IMSA, SCCA, and Motocross. The track features multiple layouts including the primary 2.500 mi (4.023 km) high-speed tri-oval, a 3.560 mi (5.729 km) sports car course, a 2.950 mi (4.748 km) motorcycle course, and a 1,320 ft (402.3 m) karting and motorcycle flat-track. The track's 180-acre (72.8 ha) infield includes the 29-acre (11.7 ha) Lake Lloyd, which has hosted powerboat racing. The speedway is operated by NASCAR pursuant to a lease with the City of Daytona Beach on the property that runs until 2054.[1][4] Dale Earnhardt is Daytona International Speedway's all-time winningest driver, with a total of 34 career victories (12- Daytona 500 Qualifying Races) (7- NASCAR Xfinity Series Races) (6- Busch Clash Races) (6- IROC Races) (2- Pepsi 400 July Races) (1- The 1998 Daytona 500).

Daytona International Speedway
The Daytona International Speedway Logo.
Location1801 West International Speedway Blvd,
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Time zoneUTC-5 (UTC-4 DST)
Capacity101,500–167,785 (w/ infield, depending on configuration) 123,500 (grandstand capacity)
OwnerDaytona Beach Racing & Recreational Facilities District[1]
OperatorNASCAR
Broke ground1957; 65 years ago (1957)
Opened1959; 63 years ago (1959)
Construction costUS$3 million
ArchitectCharles Moneypenny
William France, Sr.
Major events
NASCAR Tri-Oval (1959–present)[2][3]
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.500 miles (4.023 km)
Turns4
BankingTurns: 31°
Tri-oval: 18°
Back straightaway: 2°
Race lap record0:40.364 ( Colin Braun, Roush Yates Ford EcoBoost 3.5L GDI V6tt, 2013, Daytona Prototype)
Sports Car Course (1985–present)[3]
SurfaceAsphalt
Length3.560 miles (5.729 km)
Turns12
BankingOval turns: 31°
Tri-Oval: 18°
Back straightaway: 2°
Infield: 0° (flat)
Race lap record1:33.724 ( Álex Palou, Cadillac DPi-V.R, 2022, DPi)
NASCAR Road Course (2020–2021)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length3.570 miles (5.745 km)
Turns14
BankingOval turns: 31°
Tri-Oval: 18°
Back straightaway: 2°
Infield: 0° (flat)
Race lap record1:55.677 ( Chase Elliott, Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, 2021, NASCAR Cup)
Motorcycle Course (2005–present)
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.950 miles (4.748 km)
Turns12
BankingOval turns: 31°
Tri-Oval: 18°
Back straightaway: 2°
Infield: 0° (flat)
Race lap record1:37.546 ( Ben Spies, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 2007, AMA Superbike)
Sports Car Course (1984)[2]
SurfaceAsphalt
Length3.869 miles (6.228 km)
Race lap record1:45.209 ( Derek Bell, Porsche 962, 1984, IMSA GTP)
Sports Car Course (1975–1983)[2]
SurfaceAsphalt
Length3.840 miles (6.180 km)
Race lap record1:45.360 ( Danny Ongais, Lola T600, 1982, IMSA GTP)
Sports Car Course (1959–1974)[2]
SurfaceAsphalt
Length3.810 miles (6.132 km)
Turns7
Race lap record1:41.250 ( Mark Donohue, Ferrari 512 M, 1971, Group 5)
Dirt Flat Track
SurfaceDirt
Length.25 miles (.40 km)
Turns4
BankingFlat
Short Oval
SurfaceAsphalt
Length.40 miles (.64 km)
Turns4
BankingFlat
Race lap record0:20.129 (Nate Monteith, Monteith Racing, 2013, Whelen All-American Series)
Websitewww.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

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. The track is 50 miles north of Orlando.

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 101,500[5] permanent seats with the ability to increase permanent seating to 125,000.[6][7] The project was finished before the start of Speedweeks in 2016.


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