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Tudor USCC Rolex 24 at Daytona - 2014


The running of the 24 Hours of Daytona January 2014…

Rolex 24 at Daytona - 2007


The running of the 24 Hours of Daytona January 2007…

Track Information

NASCAR founder William France Sr. began planning for the track in 1953 as a way to promote the series, which at the time was racing on the Daytona Beach Road Course. He met with Daytona Beach engineer Charles Moneypenny to discuss his plans for the speedway.

Wanting high banking to allow the cars to reach high speeds, Moneypenny traveled to Ford Proving Grounds in Detroit, Michigan. Sharing their engineering reports of the track with Moneypenny, providing the needed details of how to transition the pavement from a flat straightaway to a banked corner.

The city commission agreed to lease the 447-acre (181 ha) parcel of land adjacent to Daytona Beach Municipal Airport to France's corporation for $10,000 a year over a 50-year period.

Over a million square yards of soil from the track's infield. The excavated hole filled with water to form what is now known as Lake Lloyd, named after Joseph "Sax" Lloyd, one of the original six members of the Daytona Beach Speedway Authority.

Moneypenny had to come up with a way to pave the incline. He connected the paving equipment to bulldozers anchored at the top of the banking. This would allow the paving equipment to pave the banking without slipping or rolling down the incline. Talladega Superspeedway and Michigan International Speedway where built in a similar fashion.

The first practice run on the new track began on February 6, 1959. On February 22, 1959, 42,000 people attended the inaugural Daytona 500.

When the track opened it was the fastest race track to ever host a stock car race, until Talladega Superspeedway opened 10 years later.

Since opening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR. In addition to NASCAR, the track also hosts races of ARCA, AMA Superbike, USCC, SCCA, and Motocross. The track features multiple layouts including the primary high-speed tri-oval, a sports car course, a motorcycle course, and a karting and motorcycle flat-track.

Lights were installed around the track in 1998, and today it is the third-largest single lit outdoor sports facility. The speedway has been renovated three times, with the infield renovated in 2004 and the track repaved in 1978 and 2010.

On January 22, 2013, the track unveiled artist depictions of a renovated speedway. Ground was broken on the project that removed backstretch seating and completely redevelop the frontstretch seating. The renovation to the speedway was constructed by Design-Builder After the renovations were completed, the track's grandstands include 101,000 permanent seats with the ability to increase permanent seating to 125,000.

Information courtesy various sources

Track Layout and Changes
  • Daytona Track Variation 1
    Daytona 1959-1964

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km

  • Daytona Track Variation 2
    Daytona 1966-1974

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km Speedway

    3.810 miles / 6.131 km Road

    3.100 miles / 4.989 km Intermediate

    1.600 miles / 2.575 km km Short

  • Daytona Track Variation 3
    Daytona 1975-1983

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km Speedway

    3.840 miles / 6.180 km Road

    3.130 miles / 5.037 km Intermediate

    1.600 miles / 2.575 km km Short

  • Daytona Track Variation 4
    Daytona 1984

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km Speedway

    3.870 miles / 6.228 km Road

    3.130 miles / 5.037 km Intermediate

  • Daytona Track Variation 5
    Daytona 1985-2002

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km Speedway

    3.560 miles / 5.729 km Road

    3.560 miles / 5.729 km Motorcycle

  • Daytona Track Variation 6
    Daytona 2003-2004

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km Speedway

    3.560 miles / 5.729 km Road

  • Daytona Track Variation 7
    Daytona 2005-2006

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km Speedway

    3.560 miles / 5.729 km Road

    2.950 miles / 4.747 km Motorcycle

  • Daytona Track Variation 8
    Daytona 2007-2009

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km Speedway

    3.560 miles / 5.729 km Road

    2.950 miles / 4.747 km Motorcycle

  • Daytona Short Circuit
    Daytona 2010-Present

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km Speedway

    3.560 miles / 5.729 km Road

    2.950 miles / 4.747 km Motorcycle

  • Daytona Track School Circuit
    Daytona Motorcycle Road Course

    Length:
    3.560 miles / 5.729 km

  • Daytona Track Variation 6
    Daytona Road Course

    Length:
    2.950 miles / 4.747 km

  • Daytona Track Variation 7
    Daytona Speedway

    Length:
    2.500 miles / 4.023 km

Race Winners Daytona 24 Hours
Year Car Drivers Distance Speed
miles mph
3 Hour Race Duration
1962 Lotus 19B-Coventry Climax Dan Gurney 502.791 km
1963 Ferrari 250 GTO G Pedro Rodríguez 494.551 km
2000km Race Distance
1964 Ferrari 250 GTO G Pedro Rodríguez, Phil Hill
1965 Ford GT Ken Miles, Lloyd Ruby
24 Hour Race Duration
1966 Ford GT40 Mk.II Ken Miles, Lloyd Ruby 4157.222 km
1967 Ferrari 330 P4F Lorenzo Bandini, Chris Amon 4083.646 km
1968 Porsche 907LHD Vic Elford, Jochen Neerpasch, Rolf Stommelen, Jo Siffert, Hans Herrmann 4126.567 km
1969 Lola T70 Mk.3B-ChevroletG6 Mark Donohue, Chuck Parsons 3838.382 km
1970 Porsche 917KF Pedro Rodríguez, Leo Kinnunen, Brian Redman 4439.279 km
1971 Porsche 917KF Pedro Rodríguez, Jackie Oliver 4218.542 km
6 Hour Race Duration
1972 Ferrari 312PBF Mario Andretti,Jacky Ickx 1189.531 km
24 Hour Race Duration
1973 Peter Gregg, Hurley Haywood Porsche Carrera RSR 4108.172 km
1974 No race due to an energy crisis
1975 Peter Gregg, Hurley Haywood Porsche Carrera RSR 4194.015 km
1976 BMW 3.0 CSL Peter Gregg, Brian Redman, John Fitzpatrick 3368.035 km
1977 Porsche Carrera RSR4 Hurley Haywood,John Graves,Dave Helmick 208.499 km
1978 Porsche 935/77 Peter Gregg, Rolf Stommelen, Toine Hezemans 4202.319 km
1979 Porsche 935/79 Hurley Haywood, Ted Field, Danny Ongais 4227.039 km
1980 Porsche 935J Rolf Stommelen, Volkert Merl, Reinhold Joest 4418.615 km
1981 Porsche 935 K Bobby Rahal, Brian Redman, Bob Garretson 4375.355 km
1982 Porsche 935 JLP-3 John Paul Sr. John Paul Jr. Rolf Stommelen 4443.334 km
1983 Porsche 935L A. J. Foyt, Preston Henn, Bob Wollek, Claude Ballot-Lena 3819.167 km
1984 March 83G-Porsche Sarel van der Merwe, Tony Martin, Graham Duxbury 3986.023 km
1985 Porsche 962G A. J. Foyt, Bob Wollek, Al Unser, Thierry Boutsen 4027.673 km
1986 Porsche 962G Al Holbert, Derek Bell, Al Unser Jr 4079.236 km
1987 Porsche 962G Al Holbert, Derek Bell, Chip Robinson, Al Unser Jr 4314.136 km
1988 TWRJaguar XJR-9 Raul Boesel, Martin Brundle, John Nielsen, Jan Lammers 4170.905 km
1989 Porsche 962B John Andretti, Derek Bell, Bob Wollek 3557.873 km
1990 TWRJaguar XJR-12D Davy Jones, Jan Lammers, Andy Wallace 4359.970 km
1991 Porsche 962C Hurley Haywood, "John Winter" Frank Jelinski, Henri Pescarolo, Bob Wollek 4119.341 km
1992 Nissan R91CP Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Toshio Suzuki 4365.700 km
1993 Toyota Eagle MkIII P. J. Jones, Mark Dismore, Rocky Moran 3999.027 km
1994 Nissan 300ZX Paul Gentilozzi, Scott Pruett, Butch Leitzinger, Steve Millen 4050.090 km
1995 Kremer K8 Spyder-Porsche Jürgen Lässig, Christophe Bouchut, Giovanni Lavaggi, Marco Werner 3953.192 km
1996 Riley & Scott Mk III-Oldsmobile Wayne Taylor, Scott Sharp, Jim Pace 3993.298 km
1997 Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford Rob Dyson, James Weaver, Butch Leitzinger, Andy Wallace, John Paul Jr. Elliott Forbes-Robinson, John Schneider 3953.192 km
1998 Ferrari 333 SP Mauro Baldi, Arie Luyendyk, Giampiero Moretti, Didier Theys 4073.507 km
1999 Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Butch Leitzinger, Andy Wallace 4056.319 km
2000 Dodge Viper GTS-RM Olivier Beretta, Dominique Dupuy, Karl Wendlinger 4142.258 km
2001 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel, Franck Freon, Johnny O'Connell 3758.398 km
2002 Dallara SP1-Judd Didier Theys Fredy Lienhard Max Papis Mauro Baldi 4102.153 km
2003 Porsche 911 GT3-RS Kevin Buckler, Michael Schrom, Timo Bernhard, Jörg Bergmeister 3981.839 km
2004 Doran JE4-Pontiac Christian Fittipaldi, Terry Borcheller, Forest Barber, Andy Pilgrim 3013.98 km
2005 Riley MkXI-Pontiac Max Angelelli, Wayne Taylor, Emmanuel Collard 4068.300 km
2006 Riley MkXI-Lexus Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, Casey Mears 4205.82 km
2007 Riley MkXI-Lexus Juan Pablo Montoya, Salvador Duran, Scott Pruett 3826.972 km
2008 Riley MkXI-Lexus Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas 3981.839 km
2009 Riley MkXI-Porsche David Donohue, Antonio Garcia, Darren Law, Buddy Rice 4211.009 km
2010 Riley MkXI-Porsche Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller, Ryan Dalziel, Mike Rockenfeller 4326.15 km
2011 Riley MkXX-BMW Joey Hand, Graham Rahal, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas 4125.60 km
2012 Riley MkXXVI-Ford A. J. Allmendinger, Oswaldo Negri, John Pew, Justin Wilson 4359.97 km
2013 Riley MkXXVI-BMW Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas 4062.05 km
2014 Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Sébastien Bourdais 3981.839 km>
2015 Riley MkXXVI-Ford Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray, 4239.656 km
2016 Ligier JS P2-Honda Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek, Scott Sharp, Pipo Derani 4216.739 km
2017 Cadillac DPi-V.RC Max Angelelli, Jeff Gordon, Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor 3776.07 km
2018 Cadillac DPi-V.RC Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque, Christian Fittipaldi 4629.84 km
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