East met West on Wednesday, November 28 at Daytona International Speedway, when Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa, the chief executive of the Bahrain International Circuit, met with GRAND-AM Road Racing Founder and NASCAR Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Jim France during a tour of the facility.
Shaikh Salman was in Florida to attend the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Orlando. He participated in an industry day trip to Daytona for PRI delegates arranged by GRAND-AM, Daytona International Speedway and the Motorsports Industry Association.
“I am honored to be here, and this is a great opportunity,” said Shaikh Salman, who is hoping to return for the 2013 Rolex 24. “After seeing photos of the original track, I was very impressed with how smooth it is after the repaving. The infield is fantastic – it’s challenging and very quick. I really enjoy hearing about all of the history here. It’s incredible how they came from racing on the beach to build this facility, creating such a legacy.”
Shaikh Salman has been involved with the Bahrain circuit since its creation, and worked behind the scenes in an advisory role for governmental issues, community involvement and public interest prior to the first Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix in 2004. He then took his first official role at the circuit as head of government affairs and public relations, and was promoted to the circuit’s chief operating officer in 2008.
The 51st Anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona – the opening event on the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series schedule – will be held on January 26-27, 2013.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona, the kick-off event to Budweiser Speedweeks 2013, showcases the world’s best drivers competing against each other lap after lap for 24 hours on Daytona International Speedway’s challenging and demanding 3.56-mile road course.
Two-day tickets for the Rolex 24 At Daytona start at $35 and are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
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