Auto racing: Daytona set to repave track before 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona International Speedway will be repaved for the second time in history and is expected to be ready to host next year's Daytona 500.
A pothole on the track during this year's Daytona 500 forced two delays that totaled more than two hours during the Feb. 14 race. The original plan was to pour a concrete patch in the area and repave the track in 2012.
Speedway president Robin Braig says the resurfacing was accelerated because they couldn't risk a similar situation next February.
The repaving project will begin immediately after the July 3 Sprint Cup race with completion targeted for Jan. 1, 2011. Daytona International Speedway's entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved as well as the skid pads, apron and pit road.