that reigns at IMS. "They always have to talk about something," Mario said. "

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway is getting another facelift, this one considerably bigger than the last. Three years after a complete repaving project, the famed track is overhauling the frontstretch to enhance the "fan experience." International Speedway Corp., which owns Daytona and 12 other NASCAR tracks, announced funding approval Tuesday. ISC estimates the redesign with cost between $375 million and $400 million. Daytona had hoped to get some public funding, but the Florida House of Representatives declined to even vote on a bill that would have provided financial assistance to several sporting venues in the Sunshine State. ISC pushed forward anyway, scheduling the project to begin July 5 and be completed by January 2016 -- in time for the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Daytona 500. The redevelopment will give Daytonas aging grandstands a modern look and feel. It will include expanded entrances and a series of escalators and elevators to transport fans to three different concourse levels, each featuring spacious and strategically-placed social "neighbourhoods" along the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Those 11 neighbourhoods, each measuring the size of a football field, will allow fans to meet and socialize during events without ever missing any on-track action. "We are truly creating history with this unprecedented endeavour," ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy said. "I commend the boards decision to move forward on our plan to redevelop the companys signature motorsports facility, thereby shaping the vision of Daytona for the next 50 years. "The decision was made with strong consideration of the current macroeconomic condition and a clear view for our long-term growth. 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Dont start dreaming of the greatest comeback in motor sports just yet. Theres one big hitch. "Marco would do it. Michael doesnt want to do it," Mario said. "Hes much younger than I am and he says hes too old. You figure that out. But if I can convince Michael to do it, Ill do it. I would. I still have the competitive spirit, which is good." His grandfathers dream of an Andretti reunion seemed like fun for 26-year-old Marco, who posted fast practice times this week at Pocono Raceway. The third-generation driver said Mario would be "up to the task," of becoming a tag-team partner in the annual races. "He would start and finish and dad and I would do all the brunt work," Marco Andretti said. Told Michael had balked, Marco hardly seemed surprised. "I think dad doesnt love it like me and my grandfather," he said. "He was just very good and he knew he was good. But I think hes really happy and content where hes at and hes doing a heck of a job there, too, as an owner." 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