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Daytona International Speedway in Florida back on track thanks to CEMEX in the US

Date published: September 30, 2010

When the 2010 Daytona 500 was stopped twice because of a dangerous pothole that could not be fixed, it was decided that a permanent solution was needed- and CEMEX was called in to help.

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Daytona International Speedway in the state of Florida in the US is one of the most legendary racetracks in the world. Inaugurated in 1959, it is the home of NASCAR's "Great American Race", the Daytona 500. With a capacity of nearly 168,000 spectators, it is the epicenter of American racing. But recent problems with the asphalt track required CEMEX's expert assistance to find a permanent solution.

During the 2010 Daytona 500, a pothole formed, blowing out the tire on Jimmy Johnson's car. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion complained about the pothole and a patch was placed. During the same race, the pothole reappeared. The race was stopped again and the second patch lasted long enough for the race to be completed. But the future was clear: the patch needed a permanent fix. To make sure this was done, Coleman Goodemote Construction Company, in charge of maintaining the speedway, called the people of CEMEX.

"They called and asked us to come in and brainstorm some ideas for repairing the asphalt in time for the motor bike races scheduled for the next week," said Jeremy Johnson, CEMEX Territory Manager. "The Daytona 500 track eroding was like the goal post falling down at the Super Bowl."

After several rounds of discussion, speedway officials took the advice offered by CEMEX. The pothole was repaired with a four-yard mix of high-endurance granite aggregate with the addition of Jet Black color to match the asphalt.

"We knew that concrete would be more structurally sound and that they wouldn't have this problem again," said Johnson. "We spent all week on four yards of concrete. It wasn't a big job, but it's one that broke through."

In addition to playing a major role in fixing the pothole, CEMEX will also participate in a complete renovation of the speedway.

Unlike some of the other major NASCAR speedways, which are paved with concrete, the Daytona 500 has always been an asphalt track. The track is currently undergoing its second complete renovation in its 51-year history, and CEMEX will provide the aggregates needed for the job.

The project calls for removing all existing paving and replacing it with two lifts of asphalt, a base and surface layer, totaling five inches. Selected areas of the infield will also be paved.

"We've been awarded the complete aggregates supply contract-about 45,000 tons of granite 67 and 89 stone, and both washed and unwashed screenings," said Jeff Ferrell, Regional Vice President of Sales for the Aggregates Division. "It's a high profile job and a late delivery is not an option, but CEMEX has the products and the experience to get the job done."

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