The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s signature exhibit, the 40-foot tall Sweep of Speed, underwent a transformation recently at Daytona International Speedway.
A crew from Orlando-based Nassal removed two vehicles from the soaring exhibit of historic racers Dec. 17. They replaced them with two others Friday.
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 in a news release. “Sometimes that literally involves reaching for the sky.”
The Sweep of Speed features a 31-degree slice of Daytona International Speedway’s famous 31 degree, 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.
The brawny 1970 Lola T165 Can-Am car of 2000 MSHFA inductee Peter Gregg and a 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.
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 and install the Ickx Can-Am champion and Dixon Indy 500 winner.