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Daytona Speedway - Daytona Beach

The Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida is home to the Daytona 500, the biggest race in America. The 2.5 mile oval is centered on a 480 acre complex that hosts racing events year round.

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Daytona International Speedway
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Daytona Speedway Track Specifications
2.5 mile trioval
40 feed wide with 12 to 30 foot apron
30 Degree Banking on Turns
Garage area has space for 75 cars
Pit Road is 1,600 feet

Every February over 200,000 race fans flock to Daytona Beach for the Daytona 500. It’s the start of the NASCAR season and has been a tradition in Daytona for over 50 years.  But the Daytona Speedway also hosts other notable events.

There is a 400 mile race every 4th of July that historically was known as the Firecracker 400. The race has been renamed a few times through sponsorships. In 1985 it was the Pepsi 400 and it is currently the Coke Zero 400. Today the 400 takes place on the first Saturday in July.

Races at the Daytona Speedway

Daytona is known as the World Center of Racing because of the extensive schedule races. Here are a few of the races that take place at the Daytona Speedway.

  • Daytona 500
  • Rolex 24 at Daytona
  • Daytona 200 (motorcycle race)
  • Supercross
  • Porche 250
  • July Nationwide Series 250
  • Coke Zero 400 (4th of July - originally the Firecracker 400)

 

NASCAR at 180 MPH at Daytona Speedway

The blur of 180 MPH at Daytona Speedway




Attending a Race at Daytona

If you plan to attend a race at Daytona you have a few choices. The grandstands at Daytona are organized by tower name.  The big tower in the center is the Sprint Tower and on either side there are other towers. Tickets for the different towers range in price depending on the section you choose.

Infield Tickets and Camping

In the center of the Daytona Speedway is the Infield. Infield tickets have always been a low cost alternative but to get a good view of a race you need an RV or some other tall vehicle. RV owners can get reserved spaces in the infield and stay from Thursday through Sunday (race day). There are several camping package options available.

Sprint Fan Zone

Even if you have grandstand tickets you should consider getting tickets to the Sprint Fanzone, which is in the infield. The Fanzone is a huge area with tons of food options, access to the garage area, the inspection station, the Sprint Fandeck, and many other things. There is usually a band playing and there is a kids area.

The Fandeck is a raised area you access via stairs in the Fanzone. From up on the Fandeck you get a good view of the backstretch, turn 3 and 4, the pit area, and the front stretch.

Inside the Fanzone you can view the inspection station as each car is inspected by NASCAR before the race. You are about 10 feet away from the cars as they are inspected.


View from Fanzone at Daytona Speedway

A good view of the Daytona Speedway from the Fanzone



Racing on Pit Road, Daytona

Cars racing into the Pits at Daytona Speedway


Garages and Autographs at Daytona

There are 75 garages surrounding the Fanzone area. You can look into each garage through a large window and see the each NASCAR race team working on their cars. Before the races the drivers and their crew will give autographs through a oversized mail slot where you can pass them something to sign.

NASCAR in Florida
The NASCAR season starts in Florida with the Daytona 500 in February and ends in Florida with the Ford 400 at the Homestead - Miami Speedway in November.




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