The work has been completed just in time for Wednesday's tire test, a session which will see no less than 20 teams line up together with Goodyear to see what tire and compounds are best for the Speedweeks of February.
The Daytona track entered repairs after the season opener race this year has been stopped for a total of more than two hours because of a hole in the Turn 2. The hole was caused apparently by a combination of cold and wet weather, backed by cars bottoming at the respective spot. Soon after, the decision to repave the entire track was made.
According to estimates, 50,000 tons of asphalt have been used on the project. All of the existing asphalt has been scraped off, down to the original lime rock base, which has been leveled. The build has been handed to Lane Construction, the same who repaved several other tracks, including Talladega and Homestead. This is only the second major overhaul of the track since its inception in 1958.
This Wednesday, the new tarmac will be put to the test by the 20 teams that will run on it. For two days, Juan Montoya, Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Jeff Gordon and many others will do their best to test both the tires and the tarmac.