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Release: Centennial of Speed to Commemorate Birth of American Motorsports Year-Long Celebration Beginning in 2003 To Document 100 Years of Racing in Daytona Beach Area DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 3, 2002) On March 26, 1903, the first automotive contest held on Volusia County (Fla.) beaches pitted Alexander Winton aboard his Bullet #1 against H.T.Thomas driving Ransom E. Oldsí Pirate. Winton won the contest by a mere 1/5 of a second at a blistering speed of over 57 miles per hour. The historic event opened the door to nearly 100 years of auto racing history. In 2003, 100 years later, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a leader in motorsports entertainment, will celebrate that historic moment with a national year-long Centennial of Speed celebration. The Centennial of Speed initiative will kick off during Speedweeks 2003 at Daytona International Speedway a place synonymous with racing, rich tradition and prestige. ISC and Daytona International Speedway will also work closely with local civic groups in Ormond Beach and Daytona Beach as they celebrate 100 years of racing in the area. Integration of the program will be supported throughout the year by ISCís 12 motorsports facilities nation-wide, ISC Publications and a dedicated website as well as on-air radio support from MRN, the nationís largest independent sports radio network. The exciting initiative will draw heavily from ISCís extensive and historical archives department that currently includes more than 2.5 million racing photos, slides and negatives as well as 12,000 hours of racing videos from major auto racing events throughout the 20th century. http://www.centennialofspeed.com/
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