Feb 24, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson does a burnout through the infield after winning the 2013 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Daytona International Speedway Taking Out Seats

The Daytona International Speedway is NASCAR’s flagship track. Winning the Daytona 500 is the most sought after accomplishment in NASCAR behind only a season cup.

And the International Speedway Corporation will renovate the track over the course ofa  3 year project. With ground breaking in July it is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 Rolex 24. The whole project will cost approximately $375-400 million.

The current capacity however is around 160,000 and after this project that total will drop 59,000 to 101,000 seats. The venue can add temporary seating to increase it 125,000 presumably for big races.

This will leave a lot of racing fans out of luck. But while this renovation is being done under the guise of creating a more fan-friendly environment that allows for both fan interaction and good racing sight lines.

How can a fan interact with cars going 200 mph?

But don’t worry, NASCAR will make sure to take care of their corporate sponsors and there will be 53 suites along the mile long front stretch.

ISC had sought a partnership with Florida to finance an even bigger project which would’ve included a redeveloped midway. They’re still waiting on government approval for a multi-use recreation facility.

NASCAR fans can check out redevelopment site here or watch the video below.

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