02/10/14 Construction on the $400M "Daytona Rising" renovation project at Daytona Int'l Speedway will "slow to a crawl" this week as the track prepares for its '14 Speedweeks, according to Godwin Kelly of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.
At the seven-month mark in the 2Â½-year project, the "attention has shifted back to race-ready preparations before hundreds of thousands of race fans descend on the Speedway for a variety of racing events." DIS President Joie Chitwood III said, “What we are really working on is building several temporary structures right now; things like temporary ticketing, suite lobbies and hospitality areas. That has really been our focus for the last month, turning the property into an operational property and not a construction zone."
He added, "You won't see the cranes moving. There will be no construction, no workers. It will be fenced in and screened off. Race fans can look at it, but there will be no activity in those areas." Chitwood said the Jan. 25-26 Rolex 24 at Daytona was a "good opportunity for us to see how the property is going to work for Speedweeks and we learned a couple of things."
Kelly notes the "other aspect of Chitwood's race-ready game plan is educating Speedweeks ticketholders to new foot-traffic flow to the main grandstand area." DIS has "mailed and emailed maps and explanations of the property to those planning to attend events." Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL