Daytona Beach’s Streamline Hotel, NASCAR’s birthplace, looks at summer re-opening

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Last spring, it was announced that NASCAR’s birthplace, the Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, Florida, was going to be transformed into a boutique inn.

Now, we have an idea of when the Streamline will be re-open for business. The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that owner Eddie Hennessy is aiming for a June or July reopening with a base of 20-40 employees.

While the hotel will feature a modern art-deco look on the outside, NASCAR will still have a place on the inside.

The News-Journal reports that items such as racing photographs and “an antique Speedway stadium chair” will be placed around the hotel. But most important of all, Hennessy plans to revive the hotel’s rooftop Ebony Bar – the place where, in December of 1947, Bill France Sr. met with drivers, team owners, and promoters in a series of meetings that ultimately led to the creation of NASCAR.

“I want to keep the building true to its heritage,” said Hennessy, who adds that he’s invested about $2 million toward the ongoing renovations.

In addition to preserving the links to NASCAR, Hennessy and his partners are also making sure that their makeover retains the hotel’s original style. As the Streamline is a historical structure, they needed approval of their plans from a preservation board before getting started.

“Basically they looked at the whole project and they looked at the old pictures and said we have to bring back the 1940-type windows, color scheme, doors, railings,” said Paul Viscomi, who co-owns the construction company that’s serving as general contractor for the project. “Everything you see in these old pictures, we have to bring back.”

But if they can restore the Streamline’s original glory, it’ll all be worth it.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.