For Hometown News
Joie Chitwood, president of Daytona International Speedway, was the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Civic League of the Halifax Area, an organization of community leaders engaged in the study of matters deemed essential to the community.
Mr. Chitwood presented a multi-media glimpse into the $400 million Daytona Rising project, which is well underway at DIS.
"This is an exciting time for our community," he said. "Daytona Rising enables us to continue to create opportunities for our talented and hard-working local business partners."
He noted the project is expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and more than $80 million in tax revenue. The design of the project includes five newly redesigned entrances that will act as "injectors," welcoming fans to the complex and leading them to a series of escalators and elevators and transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or "neighborhoods," along the mile-long front stretch of the track.
The project will result in 101,000 permanent seats, twice as many rest rooms as presently exist, and three times the number of concession stands. There will be more than 60 luxury suites with track-side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests.
Daytona Rising is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Daytona 500.
More than 150 members and guests at the black-tie annual event, including David Perryman, chairman of the Civic League, welcomed Mr. Chitwood.
The Civic League also honored Betty Jane France with its J. Saxton Lloyd Award for her years of philanthropy and contributions to the Daytona Beach area.
Her contributions to the Halifax Health System, including the NASCAR-themed "Speediatrics" pediatrics unit, were highlighted as was the France family donation of $10 million to build the France Tower at Halifax Health Medical Center. She created the NASCAR Foundation as a way to centralize racing's charitable efforts, and chairs its board of directors.