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A temple of motor racing

Its unusual design is all about speed with a 31-degree banking in the turns, more than 10-metres high at its tallest point.

When it was inaugurated in 1959, the Daytona International Speedway was the fastest racing circuit in the United States, and one of the first Super Speedways in the world. The tri-oval shape and dimensions of this 2.5-mile (4 km) circuit still impress anyone who enters the grounds. Its unusual design is all about speed with a 31-degree banking in the turns, more than 10 metres high at its tallest point. The high banking allows cars to approach the turns at great speed without skidding off the track due to centrifugal force, and offers spectators a good view of the race from any seat in the grandstands. But the construction work revealed major engineering challenges, notably to pave the surface. The project engineer, Charles Moneypenny, developed a unique technique for laying asphalt in the banked turns. The paving machines were connected to bulldozers anchored at the top of the turns to allow them to work on the sloped surface. This patented technique would later be used to build other race tracks.

The design of the Daytona International Speedway is unique in other ways: from the beginning, its founder, William France Sr, wanted to make the new track more than Daytona International Speedway was the fastest racing circuit in the United States, and one of the first Super Speedways in the world. The tri-oval shape and dimensions of this 2.5-mile (4 km) circuit still impress anyone who enters the grounds. Its unusual design is all about speed with a 31-degree banking in the turns, more than 10 metres high at its tallest point. The high banking allows cars to approach the turns at great speed without skidding off the track due to centrifugal force, and offers spectators a good view ofthe race from any seat in the grandstands. But the construction work revealed major engineering challenges, notably to pave the surface. The project engineer, Charles Moneypenny, developed a unique technique for laying asphalt in the banked turns. The paving machines were connected to bulldozers anchored at the top of the turns to allow them to work on the sloped surface. This patented technique would later be used to build other race tracks.

William France Sr, a great admirer of Sir Malcolm Campbell, also wore a Rolex. He appeared in an advertisement for the brand in the early 1960s mentioning Rolex as the Official Timepiece of the Daytona International Speedway. From the first editions of the Daytona Continental, the champion driver won a Rolex watch in addition to the trophy. When the Cosmograph, designed for racing drivers, was introduced, it naturally became the supreme prize awarded to the winner. And not long afterwards, to emphasize the brand’s connection to the American race track, Rolex named the model the Cosmograph Daytona.

In 1992, Rolex became the Title Sponsor of the 24 Hours of Daytona, making official an association that had already become legendary. Ever since then it has been called the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The longest and most prestigious race in the United States, this event marks the opening of the international motor sport season and is known by everyone as “The Rolex”. Crowds traditionally abandon the grandstands to occupy the vast space in the infield in a particularly festive atmosphere. In 2012, this legendary race celebrated its 50th anniversary – just one year before that of the Cosmograph Daytona in 2013. The anniversary edition was marked by a record attendance –– and an epic finish. The winning team won with a lead of only 5 seconds after 24 hours of close racing, measured with precision by the official Rolex clock near the finish line. In the end, the winners covered a distance of 2,672 miles (4,300 kilometres), the equivalent of crossing the United States from New York to Los Angeles.

Captivating, spectacular and extremely demanding, the Rolex 24 At Daytona is the only top-level sports car race in the world, besides the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which tests the ultimate limits of man and machine for a complete 24-hour cycle. Today as in the past, the drivers who take part in this race – many of whom come from the worlds of F1, NASCAR, IndyCar and endurance racing – dream of being able to wear a Daytona thanks to an achievement that would earn universal respect: winning it.

 

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