Light project continues at Daytona By Dave Rodman DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 7, 1998) If Rip Van Winkle was a race fan, and he returned to Daytona International Speedway in May 1998, the shock of what he would see at the "World...
Light project continues at Daytona By Dave Rodman DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 7, 1998) If Rip Van Winkle was a race fan, and he returned to Daytona International Speedway in May 1998, the shock of what he would see at the "World Center of Racing" would probably send him straight back to bed for 40 more years of sleep.
The latest development at the 2.5-mile superspeedway has been the removal of the tin "pit sheds" that stood on pit road behind the pit wall for most of the 40 years that the trioval has been in existence. Musco Lighting workers have begun erecting light poles that are being placed behind pit road.
The next step will be placement of mirror fixtures that will enhance the billions of candlepower that will light the speedway for a special test session in June, and then for Bud Pole Award Qualifying on Thursday, July 2.
The 40th annual Pepsi 400, the mid-season NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, is scheduled for Saturday night, July 4, in "primetime" and will be aired live on CBS Sports.
In addition to removing the pit sheds and resurfacing the area behind pit wall with concrete and asphalt, the area behind the wall has been extended to a depth of about 60 feet the entire length of pit road.
The installation of nearly 200 exterior lighting fixtures, some on poles of up to 140 feet tall, was completed by the end of last year, allowing Daytona 500 winner to make a historic "test run" under the lights before an appreciative crowd estimated at nearly 20,000 people during Speedweeks 1998.
Daytona's first collectible pole night ticket is available now for one of the most anticipated events in NASCAR Winston Cup history, "Daytona at the Speed of Light." The first official nighttime activity will be Pepsi 400 Pole Night for the Bud Pole Award on Thursday, July 2 at 8:15 p.m.
For ticket orders and information call (904) 253-7223. Source: NASCAR Online