2011-03-10 / Sports

VLRA to purchase NASCAR birthplace

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.- – The historic Streamline Hotel, where NASCAR held its organizational meeting on December 14, 1947, will soon have a new owner.

Zetta Baker, one of the founders of Victory Lane Racing Association, announced at their annual meeting in February, which was held at the Pelican Bay Country Club, that the organization plans to purchase the hotel.

“We think it is a wonderful opportunity to preserve this part of our history,” said Baker. “We are in the process of finalizing plans. We will convert it into a museum as well as keep it operating as a hotel.”

Baker, who is a VLRA boardmember is also handling the purchase for the organization.

“We have made an offer to the owners and they have accepted,” she continued. “We have an attorney-inwaiting, and as soon as everything moves through channels, we will finalize our operating plans.”

“We have until May, 2011, to secure financing and close. The owners have told us that if we are not able to close by that date, we will be given an extension.”

“This building and property was the birthplace of NASCAR and occupies an important aspect of its heritage. We are going to preserve and enhance as much of this history as we can.”

“All our long-range plans for the hotel are still being worked out, but we plan on selling something like a time- share to teams and other interested racing organizations. In exchange, they would be able to use their room for at least three months a year, for a certain number of years.”

“ You might call it a “Sponsorship.”

“In addition, teams would be able to display their memorabilia.

“It will provide a great opportunity for the fans that are staying with us to see all the NASCAR items on display, and learn more about the team history.

Victory Lane Racing Association is a not-for-profit organization based in Daytona Beach, Fla. It was formed in 2005 to assist racing families in need.

For additional information go to www.victorylaneracingassoci ation.com.

Weekend racing: The Cup and Nationwide teams are off. The only NASCAR action this weekend is the Camping World Truck Series at Darlington on Saturday, March 12. It will be televised on Speed, beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

Racing trivia question: Which state is Kasey Kane from?

Last week’s question: Which Cup team does Regan Smith drive for? Answer. He drives the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet.

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