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Daytona International Speedway is finalizing its race-ready preparations for Budweiser Speed Weeks 2014 and the 56th annual Daytona 500.
Construction activities for the Daytona Rising project will accelerate again in March following Speed Weeks.
"Our team has worked tirelessly to ensure that the facility continues to operate at a high level for our race fans during this busy and unique time," DIS President Joie Chitwood III said in a news release. "We are certainly excited about the future of Daytona International Speedway, however we are as equally focused on delivering a great experience during our upcoming events."
Recent preparations include:
oInstalled entrance chutes for ticket gates
oTested lighting and Digital Antenna System
oRelocated merchandise store building pad outside the frontstretch
oBuilt temporary suite tower lobby and temporary ticketing trailers
oSet up hospitality village and the Budweiser 1876 Club
Daytona Rising is a $400 million project to rebuild the DIS grandstands. It will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona and Daytona 500.
Toyota recently became the first founding partner of Daytona Rising, giving it naming rights to one of what DIS is calling its neighborhoods.
Race fans can follow the progress of the Daytona Rising project by visiting DAYTONARising.com.
Upcoming races include the Lucas Oil 200 ARCA race and the Spring Unlimited on Saturday, Feb. 15; Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday, Feb. 16; UNOH Battle of the Beach with NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and the Budweiser Duel on Thursday, Feb. 20.
For tickets and more information on Speed Weeks, daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.