Motorsports Hall of Fame Moving to Daytona
By: MRN Staff on January 24, 2014 | 10:27 A.M. EST
Daytona International Speedway will become the home of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America by January 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, motor racing’s Cooperstown, announced Friday that it will move from the Detroit area to Daytona International Speedway by January 2016.
The move coincides with the scheduled completion of “Daytona Rising” - the speedway’s $400 million frontstretch renovation project currently underway.
Plans call for the Hall of Fame's display, featuring cars, images, stories and bronze sculptures of 209 icons of American motorsports, to be located in the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building, which was formerly known as the “Daytona 500 Experience.”
Vehicles and artifacts representative of the diversity of 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 Daytona International Speedway.
“The partnership between Daytona International Speedway and the Hall of Fame is a match made in racing heaven,” said Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. “The Hall gets a home within one of America’s most famous and best-loved sports venues. Race fans and tourists who come to Daytona will have another great attraction to visit throughout the year.”
“Daytona International Speedway is an iconic racing venue and will be a fitting home to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Having the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America right here in Daytona will complement 'Daytona Rising' and provide another reason for race fans to visit Daytona International Speedway.”
Daytona International Speedway offers three different types of tours – a 30-minute, 90-minute All-Access and a three-hour VIP tour.
In addition, the champion Daytona 500 car will continue to be on display at the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours building and be a part of the Speedway tours.