Daytona International Speedway in Florida
Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is made famous for its NASCAR racing and the Daytona 500, but also hosts a number of other races.
Click on the map to see the size of the track. Changing to the satallite view gives you a better feel for the size and if you select Streetview, you can walk around the outside of the stadium… then you can say you have been to Daytona too 🙂
Visiting Daytona International Speedway
Even if you aren’t a NASCAR or racing fan, this place is definitely worth a visit and it is fascinating to see the sheer scale of the racing circuit and stadium. I would recommend taking an All-Access Tour which gives you an all access pass to the track, a close-up view of the pit stalls, access to the drivers’ meeting room, a photo in Gatorade Victory Lane and a look inside the world’s first motorsports stadium
Try to imagine what the atmosphere must be like on race day, with 40 cars racing nose to tail for position around this 2.5 mile track. Topping out at 200 mph, the sound and smell of the engines plus the roar of 101,000 fans, must really bring this place to life.
Views of the 2.5 mile track at Daytona International Speedway
Start/Finish line at Daytona Speedway. This part of the track has a slight banking of 18 degrees.
The Daytona International Speedway stadium can hold 101,000 people.
These banked turns are at 31 degrees ,where the cars reach speeds of up to 200mph.
Inside the visitor centre, the winning car of the 2012 Daytona 500 is on display. Driven by Matt Kenseth, the Best Buy Ford – car number 17.
Visitors to the track can experience what it is like to go around the Daytona track, with the Richard Petty driving experience.
Car number 9, is a Chevrolet 5 litre, V8 run by Action Express racing. It took part in the 2012 Rolex 24 and finished in ninth place, completing 739 laps.
The Daytona 500 Champions Walk of Fame
Outside the main building, on the side walk, you can walk in the footsteps of past Daytona 500 champions. Since 1996 each DAYTONA 500 champion has a block in which they leave a handprint and footprint in concrete, starting with with Dale Jarrett.