NBC's wild and wildly popular obstacle course show "American Ninja Warrior" is coming to the biggest stage in NASCAR, Daytona International Speedway , to film as part of Season 9. Daytona is a true modern motorsports stadium and will now serve as a proving ground not only for race car drivers but also for athletes in city qualifying and city finals rounds for the show. Competitors who make it out of the finals course will move on to the national finals rounds in Las Vegas with a chance at a $1 million prize. "We're excited to serve as a host location for the filming of 'American Ninja Warrior' and add another new event to an already busy schedule," Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. "We're thrilled to welcome the competitors to the world's only motorsports stadium and provide an electric atmosphere as individuals attempt to navigate these challenging obstacles. To succeed, they are going to need strength, speed and perseverance, very similar to what we see on the high banks of the Speedway ." The TV tapings will begin each night at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET in between the Axalta and Chevrolet Injectors at the speedway . There will be two different sessions for each night of taping, both of which are available for guests to view. To sign up for free tickets to attend the event, visit http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows/American_Ninja_Warrior . The qualifying episode filmed at Daytona will air June 26, and the city finals will air Aug. 7. The only remaining question is whether "Stenja" will compete again. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is a fan of the show along with girlfriend and fellow racer Danica Patrick, competed in 2016. MORE: @nascarcasm Q&A with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- aka "Stenja"
In this excerpt from Ryan Blaney's 'Glass Case of Emotion' podcast, Ryan receives a gift from Daytona International Speedway President, Chip Wile. You can catch the full podcast Wednesday at www.NASCAR.com/podcast
" 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 & Light crews. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been impacted by this weather system."
NEW YORK (November 19, 2015) -- Anheuser-Busch announced today a multi-year partnership renewal with Daytona International Speedway (DIS) that extends its status as the exclusive official beer sponsor of DIS and the DAYTONA 500. The partnership will also provide Anheuser-Busch with naming rights to four locations within the new motorsports stadium as part of the DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, which is scheduled to open in January 2016. Two of the bar locations to be featured in the new "World Center of Racing" central "neighborhood" zone and spacious concourses, while the other two will be located in other parts of the stadium. All four locations will enable Anheuser-Busch to advertise multiple brands from its portfolio of beers including Busch, Budweiser, Bud Light and Stella Artois. Anheuser-Busch will also retain naming rights to the infield area -- the Budweiser Bistro. " Daytona International Speedway has been a tremendous partner for Anheuser-Busch ever since we first introduced the Busch Clash back in 1979, which was held each year at DIS the week prior to the DAYTONA 500," said Nick Kelly, director of experiential marketing, Anheuser-Busch. "We're looking forward to continuing this relationship that allows us to have a significant marketing presence at the track, and now we'll be able to deliver an elevated experience to our fans as a result of the DAYTONA Rising project." Anheuser-Busch's partnership with DIS continues a period of investment and rededication to the sport of racing. The Busch family of beers recently announced it is reigniting its storied past in NASCAR by sponsoring Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing for select races during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season beginning with the Sprint Unlimited at DIS on Feb. 13. In conjunction, Anheuser-Busch will employ a comprehensive marketing approach to celebrate Busch’s return to the sport of racing, including on-track, experiential, in-market and retail activations, as well as TV spots leading up to the DAYTONA 500. "We're thrilled to kick off the next chapter of our longstanding partnership with Anheuser-Busch," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "Our new motorsports stadium will provide enhanced opportunities to market their brands and connect with race fans." Anheuser-Busch shares a rich history with the sport of racing as well as DIS, dating back to the late 1970s. This represents the longest-standing partnership for DIS. For more information on Anheuser-Busch, visit www.anheuser-busch.com . To learn more about DIS, please visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com .
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway formally welcomed Axalta Coating Systems as its fifth Founding Partner on Monday. The 150-year-old company will name the center injector of the newly remodeled speedway -- its 32,000 square feet of "branding and engagement opportunities" will occupy not only center "stage" for the facility, but also will be the largest available injector space. Sunoco, Toyota, Chevrolet, and Florida Hospital own the naming rights for the other four injectors. Axalta executives joined Speedway leaders such as ISC Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy and newly named Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile for the occasion on a bright, sunny Monday afternoon just outside the site of Axalta's new branding opportunity. "Axalta has been an incredible partner in our sport for many years," France Kennedy said, noting "their activation will enable us to further enhance the fan and spectator experience, which is the main focus of our new stadium." Wile -- in his first major press conference since being named president of NASCAR's most famous track -- said he fully expected the relationship with Axalta would help the track "be taken to the next level." Speaking to the excitement the brand brings and noting its longtime relationship with the sport -- including its former sponsorship of recently retired driver Jeff Gordon 's Chevrolet and currently with Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s -- Axalta Chairman and CEO Charlie Shaver called the DIS union "a huge milestone for us" and expected it to be a "a bit of a blank canvas to start the next 150 years" of the company. "We wanted a presence," Shaver said. "And the appeal for us is furthering a relationship and having that presence. We have the branding rights, but also a relationship." Shaver said he initially considered his company's branding opportunities at DIS more than a year ago as construction of the new facility was still in full swing. He said he even sat down with multi-time NASCAR champion owner, and longtime NASCAR participant Rick Hendrick to discuss ideas. "We talked about where the sport is and where it could be," Shaver said. He noted that the company is technology-based and it will feature a strong business-to-business relationship in using its new DIS platform. "During the year we'll bring groups of customers with us to the track," Shaver said, noting it has more than 120,000 company-based relationships and that most customers would "jump at the chance" to come to Daytona International Speedway . The relationship between Axalta and DIS gives the company not only naming rights for the center injector, but branding rights inside the new-look track and the central "neighborhood" area that overlooks the track's famous start/finish line.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Have you ever wondered what it is like to drive on the track at the famed Daytona International Speedway ? If you buy a new Chevrolet, your dealer will be able to offer you that opportunity. Chevrolet and DIS today announced an exclusive delivery experience at the Speedway . This extra cost option will be available later this year through U.S. Chevrolet dealers on select new vehicle orders. While details are still being finalized, customers who order the option can expect: • A tour of Daytona International Speedway • An on-track driving experience • A keepsake to commemorate the experience • Authentication that the vehicle was delivered and driven at the Speedway "Chevrolet is committed to offering our customers the best overall vehicle ownership experience possible – starting with the most technologically advanced and most dynamic vehicles in the brands history," said Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America and leader of Global Chevrolet. "Beyond the vehicle, we are determined to deliver exceptional service through our dealers and unique experiences that only Chevrolet can offer, like driving your first miles in your new vehicle at the famed Daytona International Speedway ." The Chevrolet Delivery Center at DIS will be located in the infield adjacent to Gatorade Victory Lane and will have the familiar appearance of a neighborhood Chevrolet dealership. Customers will choose the option to have their vehicle delivered at DIS during the ordering process. Pricing will be available at a later date. "The Chevrolet Delivery Center is the type of elevated experience that guests visiting Daytona International Speedway come to expect," Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III said. "This new offering complements the enhancements already made to the 'World Center of Racing' through the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. We’re looking forward to witnessing that first delivery later this year." Chevrolet already offers Corvette customers the option to have their vehicle delivered at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. The Museum Delivery option includes a private tour of the GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant, home of the Corvette, and the National Corvette Museum. The owner then takes delivery of their new Corvette from the museum showroom, where their own car is on display. The delivery process includes a personalized demonstration of their Corvette's features, broadcast around the world via live webcam 24 hours a day. The Corvette Museum Delivery option is $990. DAYTONA Rising Chevrolet is a Founding Partner at DIS as part of its DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The historic $400 million DAYTONA Rising project, encompassing the Speedway ’s nearly one-mile long frontstretch, recently debuted during the Rolex 24 At Daytona where Chevrolet’s Corvette Racing team took first and second in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) Class. DAYTONA Rising has transformed DIS into the world’s first motorsports stadium, with premium amenities and attractions. The multi-year agreement provides Chevrolet with naming rights for one of five fan injectors. The massive, new and redesigned entry includes more than 20,000 square feet of Chevrolet new vehicle displays and a fan engagement experience that vertically spans three concourse levels. Additionally, Chevrolet is an official partner of “The Great American Race,” the DAYTONA 500®, and will receive Official Pace Car rights in select years beginning in 2017. "Chevrolet's commitment to racing originated more than a century ago with Louis Chevrolet and remains strong today as we solidify our presence at the 'World Center of Racing' by partnering with International Speedway Corporation, Daytona International Speedway and the DAYTONA Rising project," Batey said.
Martin Truex Jr. takes a lap around Daytona International Speedway in the NBC Toyota Camry, demonstrating how to maneuver around during the Coke Zero 400.
GarageCam hits the sun at Daytona International Speedway to gear up for some night racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the Coke Zero 400.
BUY TICKETS: Buy tickets for Daytona and all 2017 races Liftoff panels, ride heights and aero ducts will be on the menu today at Daytona International Speedway as NASCAR and Goodyear officials, along with five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams, begin a two-day test at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Erik Jones (Furniture Row Racing Toyota), Alex Bowman (Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet), Joey Logano (Team Penske Ford), Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing Ford) and Ryan Newman (Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet) are scheduled to take part in the program. "We've got three bodies of work we're going to try to do," Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Senior Vice President Innovation and Racing Development, told NASCAR.com. "Once we learn from that, we take the best solution and that will go into the Goodyear test (on Wednesday)." Simulation and wind tunnel testing have shown that liftoff panels, which are installed underneath the rear of the car, can further reduce the likelihood of liftoff by a vehicle on the track. But what officials don't know, Stefanyshyn said, is "when we put cars together (out on the track), will it screw up the racing?" "We have two versions of the liftoff panel," he said. "We know they both work. Is there one that's better for racing? They could both hurt the racing and if that's the case, we'll scratch it." If it doesn't hamper the quality of competition, work in that area will continue, likely with a battery of additional tests in the wind tunnel before such changes would be implemented for competition. MORE: Evolution of track repave on display at Texas
Chris Rice and Marty Snider look back at Kevin Harvick's Sonoma win and look ahead to who could best the field for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway .