Daytona Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Officials from Daytona International Speedway announced on Friday that turn three area of the racetrack will undergo a repaving after the section was damaged from a fire that occurred during the Daytona 500 on February 27.
An explosion in the turn charred the track's surface, prompting the race to be delayed for more than two hours due to an extensive cleanup effort. During a late-race caution, Juan Pablo Montoya lost control of his car due to a mechanical issue and then slammed into the back of a track-drying vehicle. Approximately 200 gallons of jet kerosene spilled onto the surface before it caught fire.
Track president Joie Chitwood III said the long-term repairs, including removing and repaving the affected area, will begin after this week's AMA Pro Racing (motorcycle) events have concluded at Daytona. Chitwood also noted that track personnel have washed, cleaned and applied a street bond to the affected area multiple times.
The repairs are expected to be completed in time for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races there in July.