The Latest on NASCAR’s $2 billion deal to acquire International Speedway Corp. (all times Eastern):

12:30 p.m.

NASCAR is calling its $2 billion deal with International Speedway Corp. a merger.

The stock car series says it is “pleased with the progress” the “merger agreement” represents. NASCAR pledged to grow the sport and deliver great racing to its fans.

TALLADEGA, AL – APRIL 28: Cars race during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 28, 2019 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

NASCAR has struggled with declining attendance and TV viewership in recent years. It has made a number of changes to the actual racing in hopes of drawing new fans.

ISC runs a dozen tracks across the country, from Watkins Glen in New York to Daytona in Florida, Talladega in Alabama and Auto Club Speedway in California. It is one of two major companies that host NASCAR races along with Speedway Motorsports Inc.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: A general view during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

9 a.m.

NASCAR is buying International Speedway Corp. in a deal worth about $2 billion.

International Speedway owns some of America’s most well-known racing facilities, including Daytona International Speedway in Florida, where the company is based, and the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 17: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, crosses the finish line winduring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 61st Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The deal comes a year after reports suggested the France family was looking to sell the struggling stock car series. NASCAR late last year began acquiring the remaining public stock in International Speedway, which owns a majority of the NASCAR-sanctioned tracks.

NASCAR could, at minimum, be seeking investors.

 

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