FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Daytona Speedway After Being Hit By Hurricane Ian In September 2022?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows a picture of Daytona International Speedway in Florida during Hurricane Ian in September 2022. 

Verdict: False

This image was published in 2009 in the car culture publication Autoweek. The publication recently edited the story to include a disclaimer that the image is not recent.

Fact Check: 

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio requested $33 Billion in disaster aid to the state following the impacts and damage left from Hurricane Ian, according to Politico. The storm made landfall Sept. 28 in Fort Myers as a category 4 storm with 150 mile-per-hour winds, NBC News reported.

The Facebook image allegedly shows a tweet that reads “Wow #ian” and shows an image of what appears to be a flooded racetrack with the words “DAYTONA SUPERSTRETCH” visible on the side of the track.

“This is amazing Daytona International Speedway under water….wow,” wrote a Facebook user who shared the screenshot. (RELATED: Does This Video Show A Seal In The Streets Of Florida During Hurricane Ian In September 2022?)

The image predates the landfall of Hurricane Ian. A reverse image search reveals that the photo was originally published by car culture publication Autoweek in 2009 after Daytona Beach, Florida, received over 17 inches of rainfall.

Autoweek edited the article to include the following disclaimer: “EDITOR’S NOTE: Some social sites are touting these shots as the result of 2022’s Hurricane Ian. This story and these images are from a 2009 storm that hit Florida, NOT 2022.”

Actual footage from the track following the storm appeared on the Volusia County Sheriff’s Facebook page, showing large portions of the infield flooded with rainwater. The land that supported the track was damaged, but the track remained intact and will be ready for events next season, according to Road & Track.

Misinformation regarding the impacts of Hurricane Ian has circulated on social media following its landfall. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video showing a roof being blown off during the storm.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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