NASCAR’s birthplace, the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, to get significant makeover

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NASCAR’s birthplace, the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla., is going to be – well, streamlined.

According to Wednesday’s Daytona Beach News-Journal, the hotel where NASCAR was formed back in 1947, will soon undergo extensive renovations to bring back some of the hotel’s luster of days gone by.

The hotel, located just north of Daytona Beach’s downtown area, was reportedly purchased last month for $950,000 by Eddie Hennessy, son of the founders of the Pevonia International cosmetics company, Phillippe and Sylvie Hennessy.

Eddie Hennessy told the newspaper that he plans on restoring the Streamline’s original art deco theme and renovate it into a South-Beach-style boutique hotel.

“My goal is to clean up the hotel, the block, the drug stuff going around,” Hennessy said. “We’re bringing the hotel back to its original state, only more modern.”

NASCAR will once again be well-represented in the building that gave birth to it, with plans for a stock car racing-themed lounge for race fans to visit and enjoy.

Over the last several decades, the hotel had fallen from its once luxurious grandeur. It also was overtaken by larger and more modern hotels nearby.

“I hope that the new owners come in and bring the hotel up to the standards we have on the east side and west side (of Volusia County),” Bob Davis, president and CEO of the Hotel & Lodging Association of Volusia County, told the News-Journal. “We seem to be on the right track now.”

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Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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