Motorsports Hall of Fame moving to Daytona
January 24, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
In the midst of a massive $400 million renovation, Daytona International Speedway is undertaking another project.
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America announced Friday it will relocate from the Detroit area to the famed World Center of Racing by January 2016. The Daytona Rising transformation is also scheduled to conclude in January 2016.
The collection for the Hall of Fame includes vehicles and artifacts from a variety of organizations and will be exhibited year-round as part of the regular tour admission at DIS.
"The partnership between Daytona International Speedway and the Hall of Fame is a match made in racing heaven," President of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Ron Watson said in a news release. "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."
The reimagined Daytona, through the Daytona Rising project, will have five expanded, redesigned entrances that will lead fans to a series of neighborhoods along the nearly mile-long frontstretch.
Now, even more history will be added to the most historic track in NASCAR.
"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 in a release. "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."
Bobby Allison, Buck Baker, Dale Earnhardt, Bill France, Junior Johnson and Richard Petty are among the NASCAR figures enshrined in the Motorsports Hall of Fame.