The claim: Image shows Daytona International Speedway flooded by Hurricane Ian
After Hurricane Ian slammed Florida’s Gulf Coast, causing widespread power outages and devastating flooding, many social media users began sharing a photo that asserts the storm flooded a popular Florida racetrack.
“Daytona Speedway is now a raceway for speed boats,” reads a Sept. 29 Facebook post, which was posted less than a day after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida and was shared more than 22,000 times in four days.
But the photo was taken years ago. It shows the track after it was flooded by heavy rain in 2009, according to Autoweek, which originally published the photo.
USA TODAY reached out to several users who shared the post for comment.
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Photo shows flooding at track after heavy rain in 2009
The photo was taken after more than 17 inches of rain soaked the track, which is in Daytona Beach, Florida, over a period of several days in 2009, according to Autoweek, which did not respond to a request for comment.
An editor's note has been added to the automotive publication's original coverage of the flooding, initially published May 21, 2009, that indicates the photo was not taken after Hurricane Ian.
"Some social sites are touting these shots as the result of 2022's Hurricane Ian," the editor's note reads. "This story and these images are from a 2009 storm that hit Florida, NOT 2022."
The track wasn't damaged by the flooding in 2009, ESPN reported.
This isn't the first time the image has circulated online following a hurricane. After Hurricane Matthew hit Florida in 2016, track officials mentioned the 2009 photo while reporting that there was no flood damage as a result of that storm.
A video released Friday by the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, which has an office in Daytona Beach, shows some flooding at the track following Hurricane Ian. Andrew Gant, a spokesperson for the sheriff's office, said the track visible in the footage is Daytona International Speedway.
Daytona International Speedway officials did not respond to a request for comment.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that an image shows Daytona International Speedway flooded by Hurricane Ian. The image was taken after heavy rain flooded parts of the track in 2009.
Our fact-check sources:
Andrew Gant, Oct. 3, Email exchange with USA TODAY
Autoweek, May 21, 2009, Heavy Rains Flood Daytona Speedway
Autoweek, Oct. 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew hits Daytona International Speedway; no major flooding reported
ESPN, May 26, 2009, Daytona will be ready for July race
Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Sept. 30, Air One over flooding damage: 9/30/22
Daytona International Speedway, accessed Oct. 3, About Us
NBC News, Sept. 29, Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida
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