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2017 Anthem Annual February

ISC Archives & Research Center Coming off the INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY closest finish in the history of the DAYTONA 500, Daytona International Speedway – NASCAR’s most historic venue and the world’s only motorsports stadium – once again has a full slate of action involving America’s most popular form of motorsports. The facility’s new stadium debuted in 2016 to rave reviews and a finish for the ages in “The Great American Race” as Denny Hamlin won the DAYTONA 500 for the first time, edging Martin Truex Jr. by one-hundredth of a second (0.010) – equating to an approximate six-inch margin of victory. How appropriate it was for such a result in the grand, renovated facility, since the first DAYTONA 500 back in 1959 produced a similar finish. That was before electronic scoring, but we still know it was ever-so-close; it took NASCAR President William H.G. “Big Bill” France three days to figure out that Lee Petty had nipped Johnny Beauchamp for the victory. Daytona International Speedway today is different in appearance, but completely aligned with France’s original vision of providing fans and competitors an unparalleled stock-car track, starting with 31-degree banking in the turns and 18 degrees in the unique tri-oval portion of the 2.5-mile layout. The speedway hosts Speedweeks each February, which is highlighted by the DAYTONA 500. In July, the speedway hosts the DAYTONA Independence Day holiday classic — the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. After Hamlin’s historic victory — for team owner Joe Gibbs in last year’s DAYTONA 500, Brad Keselowski took the Coke Zero 400 for team owner Roger Penske, whose nickname is “The Captain.” In addition to the two annual visits by the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Daytona International Speedway hosts a multitude of events and sanctioning bodies on both the track’s 2.5- mile superspeedway and 3.56-mile infield road course. Those events include the famed Rolex 24 At Daytona, which is the annual seasonopening race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and go-karts all compete at Daytona each year. Located in the heart of the speedway is the immensely popular Fanzone, which transports race fans into the center of the action with a wide variety attractions that include garage windows and a Fan Deck, the Budweiser Bistro, inspection viewing and an entertainment stage for concerts and Q&A sessions with drivers. 42 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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