Ten-day, nine-city tour crosses the finish line at Daytona International Speedway
On Wednesday, NASCAR wrapped up the NASCAR #Gen6 Road to Daytona Fueled by Sunoco tour with a fitting finish on the shores of Daytona Beach, where race fans had the opportunity to receive a “first look” at the new Chevrolet SS, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Gen-6 race cars, which were prominently positioned in front of the iconic clock tower on the boardwalk.
This 10-day, nine-city tour covered nearly 3,300 miles fueled by nearly 20 stops at Sunoco stations along the way, to showcase the Gen-6 and generate excitement for the 2013 NASCAR season. The tour, which featured the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford, the No. 15 Five-Hour Energy Toyota, and the No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet, kicked off on a snowy morning in Detroit on Feb. 5 for a town hall-style forum participated in by NASCAR executives and representatives from each of the three manufacturers.
From there, the tour headed to ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Conn., with reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, followed by a stop in New York at FOX News Channel with two-time Daytona 500 winner and team owner Michael Waltrip. The Road to Daytona escaped winter storm “Nemo” just in time to be greeted by race fans in Philadelphia, Newark, Del., and NASCAR Acceleration Weekend in Charlotte, N.C.
The tour hit the home stretch on Monday with 2012 Sprint Cup runner-up Clint Bowyer and NASCAR President Mike Helton visiting CNN headquarters in Atlanta, before shifting to Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 12 when Mayor Alvin Brown proclaimed it “NASCAR Day” in the city. Then, the haulers traveled south on Interstate 95 toward the “World Center of Racing” and the beginning of Daytona Speedweeks.
“So it is only fitting for us to bring the Gen-6 at the end of the Road to Daytona here to Daytona,” said Helton.