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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Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.