Daytona International Speedway sustains damage
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By AMANDA VINCENT
Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, which hosts the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity series twice per race season and the Camping World Truck Series once yearly, sustained “moderate damage from Hurricane Matthew with impacts to lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees” Friday, according to an announcement from the race track. As a result, the facility’s ticket office was closed Saturday, and the day’s tours and Richard Petty Driving Experience activity were cancelled for Saturday and Sunday.
Friday’s statement also contained alert stating that a photo heavily circulated on social media throughout the day, showing a flooded race track, actually was from 2009, not a recent photo depicting Hurricane Matthew damage.
Below, is the complete statement issued by Daytona International Speedway:
“Daytona International Speedway experienced moderate damage from Hurricane Matthew with impacts to lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees. Daytona International Speedway Ticket Office and Tours and the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closed on Saturday and Sunday for facility cleanup. We will provide more updates through the weekend.
“Pictures of a past weather event at Daytona International Speedway have been circulating on social media during the storm. Those pictures are from a weather event in 2009. There was no flood damage to the facility from Hurricane Matthew.
“We are working with local, regional and state officials on recovery efforts following Hurricane Matthew. Daytona International Speedway is once again serving as a staging site for Florida Power and Light crews. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by this weather system.”