Dressing Up That Old Gal Daytona
© Andrew S. Hartwell
"We are putting a new dress on an old lady."
It is called the Daytona International Speedway because Bill France envisioned hosting races for American Stock Cars and European sports cars within its borders. And over the years the old gal has hosted a pair of annual classics for each form of racing. NASCAR has the Daytona 500 and sportscar racers have the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. And it is the endurance of this 45 years-young facility that has prompted parent company, the International Speedway Corporation (ISC), to invest in an expansive and complete renovation of the infield area.
Over the years the on-track content of the Rolex 24 has been controlled by various sanctioning bodies and interests but the facility itself has remained constant. The same buildings, garages, sheds, gas pumps and so on have been used time and again. And while there is an argument for the sportscar racing no longer having an international flavor, there will be no argument that Daytona International Speedway will look like a brand new world-class gal come the 2005 racing season.
Major infield renovations have been underway for some time now and we wanted to get more information about the makeover to pass along to our readers. What was in? What was out? What was new? We found the best person to ask in David Talley, the Director of Media Relations for Daytona International Speedway.