The following is from Daytona International Speedway...
Daytona International Speedway, "The World Center of Racing" and home to prestigious events with stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and karts, will construct a quarter-mile dirt track located outside Turns 1 and 2 in the West Lot, Track President Robin Braig announced.
The project was necessitated by the City of Daytona Beach's redevelopment plans for Municipal Stadium, which includes replacing the dirt used for the Flat Track racing events with sports turf.
Construction on the quarter-mile dirt track, which will be made up of lime rock, will start in the early fall and be completed in time for next year's March 3-4 AMA Pro Racing Flat Track motorcycle events, which are a part of 2010 Daytona 200 Week By Honda.
The new dirt track at Daytona International Speedway, which can also be utilized for other events such as the high performance karts from the World Karting Association, will have more than 5,000 temporary seats and lighting will be provided by Musco Lighting.
"Over the years, Municipal Stadium has been a great venue for us and the City of Daytona Beach has been a great partner," Braig said. "With their redevelopment plans for Municipal Stadium, which included replacing the dirt that we used for the Flat Track with sports turf, this was a logical step.
"We're excited about the addition of this new venue to our historic racing facility. The new dirt track is going to take the excitement of our popular Flat Track motorcycle races to new levels and give us additional opportunities to host other events during the year."
"Moving to ‘The World Center of Racing' for our Grand National Flat Track races during Bike Week is fantastic news," said Mike Kidd, Director of Flat Track for AMA Pro Racing. "This will allow us to kick off the 2010 short track racing season in grand style."
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