Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Daytona To Add New Paving, SAFER Barriers

Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III issued a written statement today announcing the addition of new SAFER barriers at the Florida speedway.
“Following the completion of the February race events, Daytona International Speedway, working closely with NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation, performed an extensive review of the facility and developed a significant plan for additional safety initiatives,” said Chitwood.
Prior to the July NASCAR weekend, a number of safety initiatives will be completed, including an additional 20,000 square feet of asphalt in Turn One, realignment of a portion of inside retaining wall from the infield road course exit to Turn One and installation of SAFER barrier on that realigned retaining wall, as well as the existing retaining wall in Turn One.
New SAFER barrier will also be installed on the retaining wall at pit road exit, and between the exit of Turn Four to pit road entry.

“In addition, based on material availability and timing, we will install SAFER barrier on the outside backstretch wall and will complete as much as possible prior to the July NASCAR weekend,” Chitwood said. “Following the July races, we will complete any remaining installation of SAFER barrier on the outside backstretch wall, and continue to install SAFER barrier on the remaining areas of the property. We will provide additional updates regarding our safety initiatives as circumstances warrant.  The safety of the competitors and our fans is our top priority.”


  1. Anonymous4:45 PM

    I would still prefer to see gravel pits in some areas that are far from the track surface. It could stop the cars without the cost, or possibly driver injury, upon impact.

    1. Gravel pits are stupid. They don't do any good on road courses (remember the gravel pit in Jimmie Johnson's spearing crash through the guardrail at Watkins Glen?) and on ovals the only thing they can do is flip the cars over.

    2. Anonymous8:04 PM

      Harder to get gravel offf the racetrack after cars enter them....

    3. Gravel pits are regressive and, for a lot of reasons, just a bad idea. Even F1 has eliminated most if not all of them on their tracks and have none on their newest tracks including the Circuit Of The Americas in Texas.

    4. Anonymous5:34 PM

      nice to see the management of the track are taking proper measures to protect drivers. Jeffs hit looked very hard and glad he was ok