The Daytona International Speedway, located in central Daytona Beach, Florida, is home to the most prestigious race in NASCAR: the Daytona 500. Come for a race or simply for the day; you'll find the best enjoyment and the best cure for your need for speed. You'll get the opportunity to hit the arcades, visit the museum, and so much more. The Daytona International Speedway is located less than an hour from Orlando, giving you easy access to this amazing venue. Races are held regularly at the track so you'll have plenty of events to choose from like the annual Coke Zero Sugar 400.
This 500-acre motorsports complex has the most diverse racing lineup of any in the world! Aside from NASCAR racing, this complex hosts social gatherings, vehicle testing, car shows, police training, concerts, photoshoots, and more. It is also home to the amazing Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. If you come on a day when racing is not happening, you'll still have plenty of options for your enjoyment.
History of the Daytona International Speedway
In 1953, Bill France Sr. noticed a problem: racing on the beach would not be able to continue for much longer due to the large crowds and spreading of land use to do the growing population in Daytona Beach. In April of that year, he proposed to build a permanent race track for the area. The next year, a contract was signed to build the 'World Center of Racing'. Construction did not begin until 1957 when land clearing started to take place. The first Daytona 500 took place on February 22, 1959 in front of 41,000 people! This race was very controversial due to the very close call for the victor. Two years later, the Daytona 200 moved to the Speedway as well and the next year, the track saw the Rolex 24. Over the years, the track has hosted football games, supercross, truck races, triathlons, and more. In 2013, a $400 million project began that added seats, restrooms, escalators, elevators, more concession stands, and more! After that, it was awarded SportsBusiness Journal's Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year.