Daytona Speedway partially flooded

Updated: May 21, 2009, 9:52 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

The more than 17 inches of rainfall that has fallen in Daytona Beach, Fla., since Sunday has left portions of Daytona International Speedway under water.

Pictures show water levels halfway up the SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barriers in some portions of the track. The Turn 1 tunnel that haulers use to enter the track is filled with about 10 feet of water.

Track spokesman Andrew Booth said there is no apparent damage and the track will be ready for the July 4 Sprint Cup race.

"It's a significant amount of water, but all it is, is water,'" Booth said. "We have people living around the speedway and in Flagler County with water in their homes. We believe that is more pressing than water in our tunnel.

"What happened will not affect what happens in July.'"

NASCAR officials have seen photos of the track and are not concerned about damage. They said no special test will be scheduled to help rubber in the surface.

But until the water level has dropped, Booth said there is no way to know for sure there is no damage.

"The pictures are very dramatic,'' he said. "It's not a sight you usually see. We'll be good to go in July.'"

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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