Florida governor tours Daytona construction

Gov. Rick Scott took an up-close and personal look at the $400 million Daytona construction project

Florida Governor Rick Scott took a tour of the Daytona Rising project, the $400 million frontstretch renovation project at Daytona International Speedway Thursday morning, giving the running-for-reelection politician an up-close view of the steel structure on the east end of the “World Center of Racing” prior to a Florida Department of Transportation press conference at the DIS Ticket and Tours Building.

Scott visited with Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III, Chief Executive Officer of International Speedway Corporation Lesa France Kennedy and Chairman of ISC Jim France at the site, before Scott took a look at the winning 2014 Daytona 500 car of Dale Earnhardt Jr. that is on display inside the Ticket and Tours Building.

Contruction site of the Daytona Rising project
Contruction site of the Daytona Rising project

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Daytona Rising will add five expanded and redesigned entrances, or “injectors,” which 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. The "Superstretch" grandstands will be eliminated.

The project is expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million in labor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, and will be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and Daytona 500. Fans can follow the progress of the 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.

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Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Eric Gilbert
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Tags daytona, florida, nascar, rick scott