We are officially two months and 4 days away from the Great American Race. A spectacle of mechanical horses roaring by at speeds of 200+ miles an hour. A deafening experience that delivers sound in the form of thunderous explosions colliding with your eardrums. The scent of burnt rubber and high-octane gasoline mixed into an intoxicating concoction. We watch these beasts collide and scratch their way through 500 miles of constant left turning. However, most of all, we experience the rise of Daytona once again.
Just as a recap, Daytona Rising is a $400 million reimaging of an American icon – Daytona International Speedway. Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along the nearly mile-long front stretch. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will have approximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concession stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped hospitality experience for corporate guests.
Here is a recap of key construction activities since the last update in March:
Area’s B-D are finished
Area E is in progress
Area K injector foam panels are completed
Area F construction starts in 2 weeks
After sitting down with Missy McCloskey, Kingspan’s Team Leader for Daytona 500, we gained a bit more insight on #TheRising. By the time race day arrives on February 22nd, The Daytona International Speedway will “be about 50% complete,” According to Missy. Due to Kingspan’s ability to renovate buildings while fully operational, Daytona International Speedway has stayed open to tourists and events.
Kingspan continues to produce panels for the 400,000 square foot project. Both insulated and uninsulated metal panels are constantly being produced and sent out, including those supplied by Morin, a Kingspan company. About 80% of the metal panels used on the Speedway are manufactured at Kingspan’s North American Headquarters in DeLand, Florida, less than 20 miles from Daytona International Speedway. The BENCHMARK panels for the radius wall are being fabricated this month with skins being produced in Caledon, Ontario, Canada.
Kingspan is proud to be partnered with the Daytona Rising re-imagination project. By allowing local manufacturers and companies to help rejuvenate one of Florida’s greatest monuments, we all take a sense of pride and honor in helping our community. Race fans can follow the progress of the DAYTONA Rising project by visiting www.DAYTONARising.com and connecting with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. Also, fans can see the construction project up close by taking one of the daily tours available at the Speedway on non-event days throughout the year. Visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tours or the Speedway Ticket and Tours Building for more information.