Daytona International Speedway didn’t escape the wrath of Hurricane Matthew.
The track announced early Friday evening that “moderate damage” had occurred around its property. Lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees were affected by the storm, which has battered Florida’s Atlantic Coast since Thursday night.
The 2.5-mile track’s “Daytona Rising” refurbishing made its debut with the 2016 Daytona 500 in February. The $400 million project featured new frontstretch grandstands, five fan entrances and other amenities.
On Saturday, Florida Power and Light trucks began staging at Daytona International Speedway to assist in the recovery efforts.
Here’s the full news release from the track:
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.
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