Friday, March 16, 2012

Chitwood: Daytona Will Require Major Repairs

Daytona's third turn was severely damaged.
Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood, III confirmed today that the 2.5-mile superspeedway will require significant work to repair damage done by a jet dryer fire during the running of last month’s Daytona 500.

“We’re looking forward to a successful Daytona 200 (AMA motorcycle race) on Saturday,” said Chitwood. “Since the jet dryer incident occurred on Feb. 27, we have washed and cleaned the affected area of the racetrack in Turn 3 multiple times, and applied street bond. We have worked closely with AMA Pro Racing officials and we’re both very confident it will not present any issues during the Daytona 200.

“Once we complete our motorcycle events, we are going to conduct long-term repairs to that area of the asphalt, which will include removing and repaving the affected areas. Lane Construction, the team who worked on the track repave in 2010, will handle the repave project. Once this work is complete, we expect to have no further issues related to the jet dryer crash and we’ll be ready to go for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola in July.”

10 comments:

  1. Anonymous10:14 AM

    How much of the infield had to be dug up from all the oil polutting the soil? Did the EPA get involved ?

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  2. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Always to be known as the "Montoya Patch"

    Bill

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  3. Do you think this may cause problems going from existing asphalt to new at those speeds or is the new asphalt "new" enough that it shouldn't matter much?

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    1. Anonymous10:40 AM

      Shouldn't be an issue and the contractors will do everything possible so it is not.

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  4. Anonymous11:28 AM

    so who salvaged the truck and jet dryer, or will it go into the Hall Of Fame?

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    1. Anonymous1:03 PM

      Dale Jr got the race car no word on the Jet Dryer although I would have thought all of it would have gone to the NASCAR R&D Center (aka Black Helicopter central)

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  5. Martin Motorsports12:24 PM

    Junior bought montoyas wrecked car for his back 40 museum sowho knows where the truck will end up

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  6. joseph ellis1:14 PM

    Oil polluting soil, EPA? Whatever man does the EPA get involved with normal highway crashes no. That's what's wrong with the world people's hands in places it shouldn't be!!!

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    1. Anonymous9:25 PM

      Exactly !!

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  7. Anonymous2:15 PM

    How much does a jet dryer/truck combination cost? Where do you go to buy a jet dryer?

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