$400 million Daytona International Speedway facelift hits halfway mark

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Even though we won’t see the finished product until the 2016 Daytona 500, the ambitious $400 million DAYTONA Rising hit a significant milestone earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Daytona International Speedway and International Speedway Corp. officials oversaw the placement of the highest steel beam, which also officially marks the halfway point of construction.

“Today was a great opportunity to celebrate our collective accomplishments to date,” DIS President Joie Chitwood III said in a media release. “We’ve enjoyed the journey thus far and look forward to continuing the momentum during the months ahead.”

A special commemorative plaque was signed by members of NASCAR’s France family and attached to the beam, while several construction workers autographed the actual beam itself.

“Daytona International Speedway is a special place and we’re honored to continue its legacy through the DAYTONA Rising project,” said ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy.

“We’re literally building history and creating an unprecedented motorsports experience,” France Kennedy said. “I can only imagine how exciting it must have been for my grandfather (Bill France Sr.) to turn his vision into reality when he built the Speedway more than 50 years ago.”

Here’s some fast facts about how DAYTONA Rising is progressing:

  • Surpassed one million man-hours.
  • Installed 89 percent of the total steel.
  • Poured more than 105 million pounds of concrete.
  • Installed 26 escalators and 4 elevators.
  • Overall cost will be $400 million.
  • Permanent seating will be reduced from 146,000 to 101,000 wider and more comfortable seats.
  • Number of bathrooms will double while number of concession stands will triple.
  • More than 60 luxury suites with full track side views.

For more information, view www.DAYTONARising.com

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