The Daytona International Speedway will undergo some important changes that will make it look very different in two or three years.
But construction work involving the rebuilding of the entire frontstretch grandstands and facade may disrupt its traditional NASCAR race dates. According to DIS president Joie Chitwood, 2014 would be too soon for any construction impact on the schedule.
“At this point, even if we can get some things going, I don’t know if that’s really going to affect 2014. I don’t really see that as a concern. Maybe if we do get a property project approved, we have to look at the later years potentially. But right now, I don’t really see anything in ’14 that could cause a schedule change,” Chitwood was quoted as saying by Sporting News.
Chitwood, who last week unveiled some preliminary drawings of the project, has not yet been granted approval to build from the board of parent company International Speedway Corporation.
NASCAR senior vice president Steve O’Donnell last week said the Daytona construction schedule would have to be considered when developing the race calendar. Chitwood himself doesn’t rule out a change in Daytona race dates, but as there is no proposed construction schedule, he says he can’t predict whether one would be necessary.