CONCORD, N.C. — The World Center of Racing has received some damage from Hurricane Matthew.
As reported by the Associated Press and the track itself, Daytona International Speedway sustained “moderate damage” from the then Category 4 storm as it continues to ravage the eastern seaboard of the United States. Among the damage, according to the track, were lights, speakers, signage, fences, gates, awnings and palm trees.
The track has not sustained any flooding despite earlier reports, which included a May 2009 photo of a flooded Daytona backstretch circulating on Twitter.
“Pictures of a past weather event at Daytona International Speedway have been circulating on social media during the storm. Those pictures are from a weather event in 2009,” the track said in a statement. “There was no flood damage to the facility from Hurricane Matthew.”
The ticket office and the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be closed for the weekend to allow cleanup.
In the meantime, the speedway is working with local, regional and state officials to aid in recovery efforts and is serving as a staging area for Florida Power & Light crews.