[Nfbnet-members-list] Start Your Engines at the Rolex 24 at Daytona!

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu Oct 21 22:42:26 UTC 2010

>The National Federation of the Blind will soon 
>hold the first public demonstration of work 
>conducted under our Blind Driver Challenge 
>initiative!  In a few short months, we will 
>debut our prototype nonvisual interface that 
>will empower a blind person to drive a car 
>without sighted assistance in front of tens of 
>thousands of fans before the start of the Rolex 
>24 at Daytona!  We hope you'll join us at the 
>Daytona International Speedway on January 29, 
>2011, for this historic occasion for the Federation!
>The Rolex weekend generates a lot of traffic in 
>Daytona Beach.  In order to make it possible for 
>our members to attend, we have negotiated 
>special hotel rates and secured discounted 
>ticket prices for the race.  Information 
>regarding the hotel, event tickets, transportation, and more is below.
>Discounted lodging has been negotiated at three 
>adjacent hotel properties.  A minimum stay of 
>two nights for January 28-30, 2011 is required 
>to take advantage of the discounted 
>rate.  Prices listed are available as long as 
>rooms are available under our block.
>1.     Plaza Ocean Club Hotel (640 North 
>Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach):  Rooms are 
>available at a cost of $103 and $149 for ocean 
>front rooms.  This will be the central location 
>of activity; it is between the two hotels listed 
>below, which are a quick walk away).  Meetings 
>throughout the weekend will take place in the 
>ballroom of this hotel.  To make a reservation, 
>please call (386) 239-9800 and ask for the 
>National Federation of the Blind pricing.
>2.     Plaza Resort and Spa (600 North Atlantic 
>Avenue Daytona Beach):  Rooms are available at a 
>cost of $129 and $169 for ocean front 
>rooms.  This is an upscale hotel and there is an 
>additional $12 resort fee for those who stay at 
>this hotel.  To make a reservation, please call 
>(386) 255-4471 and ask for the National Federation of the Blind pricing.
>3.     Conch House (700 North Atlantic Avenue, 
>Daytona Beach):  Rooms are available at a cost 
>of $49 and $59 for ocean front rooms.  We 
>negotiated this less-expensive option for those 
>who are working on a tight budget.  Please note 
>that there is an additional $3.00-plus-tax 
>per-day parking fee on this property.  To make a 
>reservation, please call (386) 255-3411 and ask 
>for the National Federation of the Blind pricing.
>o        All rates are based on 
>single/double/tri/quad occupancy.  The 
>additional guest charge is $10.00 for the fifth guest.
>o        Rollaways are available for a fee of $10.00-plus-tax per night.
>o        Bellman gratuities are $2.00 per person 
>or $4.00 per room.  Guests must request this 
>service at the time of reservation.
>o        In-room safes are available for use at $1.50 per night, plus tax.
>o        Local and 800 calls are $1.00.
>o        The present room tax rate is 12.5%.
>o        Reservations require an advance deposit 
>equal to the first night's room and tax, and can 
>be paid by check or credit card.  Please note 
>that checks must include the individual's birth 
>date, driver's license/identification state, and 
>license/identification number.  Please note that 
>personal checks may only be submitted as payment 
>prior to December 29, 2010, and will not be 
>accepted at checkout.  American Express, 
>MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, Discover, 
>traveler’s checks, and cash are accepted at checkout.
>o        Cancellations less than seven days 
>prior to the arrival date, or those who do not 
>check in before midnight on the first day, will 
>forfeit their first night's room and tax, and the room will be released.
>o        Please make your reservations by December 29, 2010.
>Race Tickets:
>Race Rewards Package ($30 per person):
>Tickets can be purchased by calling 
>1-800-PITSHOP (1-800-748-7467) by January 23, 2011.
>Includes infield and general admission for 
>January 29-30, Rolex Series garage access, and 
>$10 in Daytona Dollars (which are redeemable at 
>any Daytona International Speedway concession 
>stand).  This does not include infield 
>parking.  Transportation for our members from 
>the hotel, to the track, and back will be provided for Saturday, January 29.
>Speed Insider Package ($119 per person):
>Tickets can be purchased by calling 
>1-800-PITSHOP (1-800-748-7467) by January 23, 2011.
>Includes single admission Pit Road Patio Access 
>providing admission into the Speed Pit Road 
>Patios overlooking Pit Road for January 29-30, 
>general admission access throughout the infield 
>grandstands, Rolex Series garage access, Rolex 
>24 at Daytona hat, and lunch on 
>Saturday.  Infield parking is available (one 
>pass for every four tickets purchased).
>Please note that a $14 processing fee will be 
>added to your order, so attendees can reduce 
>costs by ordering tickets in groups.  Also 
>please be aware that, while there is a will-call 
>option, race day will be quite busy, and since 
>the price is the same to have tickets shipped, 
>we urge attendees to have their tickets mailed 
>to them.  Attendees can also purchase with their 
>order a Daytona International Speedway Cap, a 
>Daytona International Speedway Credential 
>Holder, and the Café 24 Breakfast Garage tickets 
>(note that we will not be providing 
>transportation to this accommodate this option).
>o        Those traveling out of the Daytona 
>Beach International Airport have a number of 
>taxi and shuttle services to choose from.  For 
>more information, please go to 
>and search for taxis and/or shuttles.
>o        We recommend those traveling out of the 
>Orlando International Airport use DoShuttle, 
>which travels between the Daytona Beach and 
>Orlando airports.  Rates are $32 one way and $59 
>round trip per person.  The extra fee for 
>door-to-door service to our hotels is $10 each 
>way per group.  Shuttles depart the airport 
>every two hours.  For more information and 
>reservations, please call (866) 947-9947 or 
>visit <http://www.doshuttle.com/>www.doshuttle.com.
>Race Day:
>Pick-up for attendees wanting transportation to 
>Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, 
>January 29, will be at the Plaza Ocean Club 
>Hotel.  Buses will arrive at the track two hours 
>prior to the scheduled time of the demonstration 
>(which is yet to be determined).  The buses will 
>return to the hotel after the conclusion of the 
>demonstration.  Some buses will leave the track 
>two hours after the event and others will leave 
>the track four hours after the event.
>On the evening before the race, members are 
>invited to gather in the ballroom of the Plaza 
>Ocean Club Hotel for an update on organizational 
>matters.  Topics of discussion will be the 
>logistics for the Blind Driver Challenge 
>demonstration, the Imagination Fund campaign, 
>and the Text2Give program.  The race environment 
>will be quite thrilling, but very busy, so we 
>encourage all race attendees to come to this session.
>A Member Activity Area at the Daytona Speedway 
>will be open on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 
>Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from 
>8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The second Blind Driver 
>Challenge vehicle will be on display in this 
>area, as well as information on Text2Give, 
>bumper sticker and keychain giveaways, and other fun surprises!
>A press conference will be held immediately 
>after the track demonstration of the Blind 
>Driver Challenge vehicle, which we would like 
>for all members to attend.  More information 
>regarding this part of the event will be 
>distributed at the meeting on Friday evening.
>Finally, another gathering will take place on 
>Saturday evening in the ballroom of the Plaza 
>Ocean Club Hotel to celebrate the events of the day!
>Stay tuned for more updates as we approach the 
>Rolex 24 at Daytona!  We hope to see you there in January!
>For more information on logistics for the Rolex 
>24 at Daytona, please contact Kristian Kuhnke at 
>(410) 659-9314, extension 2219, or <mailto:bdc at nfb.org>bdc at nfb.org.
>For more information about the NFB Blind Driver 
>Challenge visit our website at 
><mailto:blinddriverchallenge at nfb.org>blinddriverchallenge at nfb.org.
>John G. Paré Jr.
>Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives
>200 East Wells Street
>Baltimore, Maryland  21230
>Telephone:  (410) 659-9314, ext. 2227
>Cell phone:  (410) 917-1965
>Fax:  (410) 685-5653
>Email:  <blocked::mailto:jpare at nfb.org>jpare at nfb.org

                         David Andrews:  dandrews at visi.com
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