Two of the greatest names inracing soon will share the same address.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame ofAmerica, motor racing's Cooperstown, announced Friday that it will move itsoperations and collection of historic racing machines and memorabilia from theDetroit area to the "World Center of Racing," Daytona InternationalSpeedway by January 2016.
The move coincides with the scheduled January2016 completion of DAYTONA Rising, the speedway's $400 million frontstretchrenovation project currently underway.
Plans call for the Hall of Fame'sdisplays featuring cars, images, stories and bronze sculptures of 209 icons ofAmerican motorsports to be located in the Daytona International Speedway Ticketand Tours Building, which was formerly known as the "DAYTONA 500Experience."
Vehicles and artifacts representative of the diversityof motorized competition celebrated by the Hall of Fame, including Open Wheel,Stock Cars, Motorcycles, Aviation, Drag Racing, Sports Cars and Powerboats,will be exhibited as a regular part of the tours admission at Dayton International Speedway all year long.
"The partnership betweenDaytona International Speedway and the Hall of Fame is a match made in racingheaven," said Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame ofAmerica. "The Hall gets a home within one of America's most famous andbest-loved sports venues. Race fans and tourists who come to Daytona will haveanother great attraction to visit throughout the year."
"Daytona International Speedway is an iconic racing venue and will be afitting home to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America," DaytonaInternational Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "Having theMotorsports Hall of Fame of America right here in Daytona will complementDAYTONA Rising and provide another reason for race fans to visit DaytonaInternational Speedway."
In addition, the championDaytona 500 car will continue to be on display at the Daytona InternationalSpeedway Ticket and Tours building and be a part of the Speedway tours. DAYTONA Rising, which broke ground last July at Daytona International Speedway,is a $400 million reimagining of an American icon - Daytona InternationalSpeedway.
Five expanded and redesigned entrances, or "injectors,"will lead fans to a series of escalators and elevators, transporting them tothree different concourse levels.
Each level features spacious social areas, or"neighborhoods," along the nearly mile-long frontstretch.
At theconclusion of the redevelopment, Daytona International Speedway will haveapproximately 101,000 permanent, wider and more comfortable seats, twice asmany restrooms and three times as many concession stands.
In addition, theSpeedway will feature over 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completelyrevamped hospitality experience for corporate guests. DAYTONA Rising:Reimagining an American Icon, expected to create 6,300 jobs, $300 million inlabor income and over $80 million in tax revenue, will be completed in time forthe 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona and DAYTONA 500.