Our Role in the Daytona 500

If you’re watching the Daytona 500 this weekend, look out for Kingspan panels.

In 2013, the Daytona International Speedway underwent a major overhaul, known as DAYTONA Rising. The massive makeover included new concourses, interactive displays, new seats, 60 suites, 40 escalators, 17 elevators, three times as many concessions stands and twice as many restrooms – all elements designed to improve the look and feel of the venue, as well as enhance the fan experience.
Our team was brought in to contribute to DAYTONA Rising by incorporating Kingspan panels for both interior and exterior portions of the facility. More than 125,000 square feet of Kingspan Optimo panels and BENCHMARK Designwall 2000 architectural wall panels were used. To create a new eye-catching exterior, embossed insulated metal panels in shimmering white, bold colors and dynamic curves were used. Eighty percent of the panels used on the project were manufactured at our Deland, Florida facility, just 20 miles from the speedway.


Kingspan insulated metal panels were used to construct the walls of injectors (oversized walkways spaced along the mile-long front stretch of the track). Each injector is a sponsored, air-conditioned space that includes immersive experiences for fans; there are more than 1,400 high-definition screen displays among the exhibits and activities. IMPs were also used in the escalator areas, a welcome addition for fans who no longer have to take the stairs up to their seats.

Helping Daytona step into the future

A major reason that International Speedway Corporation, the owner and operator of the facility, chose to use insulated metal panels on such a large scale was that its values aligned with our core belief in creating environments that are energy efficient, sustainable, environmentally responsible and adaptable.
Legendary race car driver A.J. Foyt called the Daytona International Speedway “the prettiest speedway in the world.” We agree with that sentiment.
DAYTONA Rising took two-and-a-half years to complete, and this year marks the 60th anniversary of the first race. While you watch cars speed around the track, keep an eye out for the DAYTONA Rising renovations, including our panels.

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