NEWS: New Vehicles Added To The 40-Foot Tall "Sweep of Speed" Exhibit
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 17, 2020) — The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America's (MSHFA) signature exhibit, the 40-foot tall "Sweep of Speed," underwent an exciting transformation this week and again is ready to wow visitors and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) tour guests.
On Thursday, a crew from Orlando-based Nassal removed two vehicles from the soaring exhibit of historic racers. On Friday, they replaced them with two others. It's the first major refresh of the Sweep of Speed since 2016 — the year the MSHFA museum opened in the Ticket & Tours Building at DIS following its move from Michigan.
"Any time you come to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America here in Daytona you can be sure you'll see some of the greatest American racing vehicles ever," said MSHFA President George Levy. "Sometimes that literally involves reaching for the sky."
The Sweep of Speed features a 31-degree slice of Daytona International Speedway's famous high-banked turns. A pack of historic vehicles across motorsports disciplines are mounted on the banking, with others suspended from the roof behind them.
Viewed together, these machines jockey in timeless, overhead competition toward an ever-elusive checkered flag.
On Thursday, the brawny 1970 Lola T165 Can-Am car of 2000 MSHFA inductee Peter Gregg, and an exquisite replica of 1995 inductee Roger Ward's 1959 Indianapolis 500 winner that also honors 1996 inductee and chassis-builder A.J. Watson, were removed from the steeply banked track section.
On Friday, the 1979 Can-Am champion Lola T333CS of 2020 inductee Jacky Ickx, and Scott Dixon's 2008 Indy 500-winning Dallara-Honda IR-05, on loan from 2016 inductee Chip Ganassi and Chip Ganassi Racing, were installed as replacements.
Moving precious four-wheeled artifacts requires patience and skill. Nassal's crew employed cranes, pulleys and teamwork to detach the Lola and the Watson roadster from the banking on Thursday and install the Ickx Can-Am champion and Dixon Indy 500 winner the following day.
Watch time-lapse videos and photos of this engineering feat on our website (mshf.com) and social channels. Then, come see the refreshed Sweep of Speed and other spectacular MSHFA exhibits during this season's holiday travels, or any time.
Enjoy the MSFHA with a museum-only ticket or as the final stop on one of Daytona International Speedway's daily tours. It's open almost every day except holidays.
Contact: George Levy (248) 895-1704
About the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America: The MSHFA is the only hall of fame that honors achievers in all forms of American motorsports: cars, motorcycles, airplanes, off road and powerboats. Induction is decided by a straight vote among 200 experts, about half of them inductees themselves. Its mission is to celebrate and instill the American motorsports values of leadership, creativity, originality, teamwork and the spirit of competition. It was founded by Larry G. Ciancio and Ronald A. Watson and conducted its first induction in 1989. Watson spent the next 30 years tirelessly building it into the nation's premier motorsports hall of fame until his sudden passing in 2019. The original museum in Novi, Mich., relocated to Daytona Beach, Fla., in 2016 and greets more than 100,000 visitors a year. The MSHFA is operated by the nonprofit Motorsports Museum and Hall of Fame of America Foundation, Inc.