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Daytona International Speedway suffers damage from Hurricane Matthew

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Daytona International Speedway suffers damage from Hurricane Matthew
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Oct 7, 2016, 11:02 PM

Daytona International Speedway received what track officials describe as “moderate damage” on Friday from Hurricane Matthew, which has been pounding the southeastern United States coast.

A statement from the track said the damage included “impacts to lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees.”

The track’s ticket office and tours and the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closed on Saturday and Sunday while cleanup is underway.

“We are working with local, regional and state officials on recovery efforts following Hurricane Matthew,” the statement said. “Daytona International Speedway is once again serving as a staging site for Florida Power & Light crews.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by this weather system.”

Contrary to reports, the track has suffered no flood damage.

In January, the track completed $400 million in upgrades which were designed to enhance the fan experience.

New Smyrna Speedway also suffered damage during the storm: 

 

Here’s an idea of some of the damage in the Daytona Beach area today:

 
 
 

 

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