Daytona 500 NASCAR Race – Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona 500.jpgDaytona 500 NASCAR Race – Daytona Beach, Florida

The roar of the engines, the hype of the crowd, the attention of all NASCAR fans all combine to bring the Daytona 500 the attention that brings thousands of people from all over the world to watch these excellent drivers and their precision cars race for the checkered flag. 
The race is NASCAR’s signature event that kids off the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.  With over 50 years of racing under its belt the city of Daytona Beach knows how to put on a party as well as race great cars.

The best way to experience the pageantry and excitement of the race is to be there in person.  The Daytona 500 is the most coveted ticket in motorsports and traditionally has been a sell out since the inaugural event in 1959.
The race is held in February annually.  The Daytona 500 is a culmination of DIRECTV Speedweeks, a 10-day festival of speed which includes the Camping World 300 Nationwide Series race, the Chevy Silverado 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, the Gatorade Duel At Daytona qualifying races, the Budweiser Shootout, ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX Series race and Daytona 500 Qualifying.
Not only are there great races and lots of people but before the race goes green, race fans are entertained with the Sprint Pre-Race Show, a heart-stopping pre-race show that has feature top-notch entertainers in past years such as Mariah Carey, LeAnn Rimes, Vanessa Williams, Five For Fighting, Bon Jovi and Kelly Clarkson.
One of the best things is that race fans can also get into the heart of the atmosphere of the Daytona 500 through a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE pass, which includes activities such as:
Photo opportunities on the start/finish line and pit road
Watching teams stage their cars and pit stalls
Viewing pre-race entertainment through driver introductions
Inside the Sprint FANZONE, there’s also plenty to do. This uniquely designed fan area features amenities such as:
Looking through the windows into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garages.
Viewing the garage activity from the Sprint FANDECK overlooking the garages
Strolling through the Goodyear Legends of Daytona
Dining at the Budweiser Bistro
Live entertainment in the Entertainment Zone.
If you have wanted to visit the 500 and didn’t know what to expect, you really need to go.  There are huge parties, great tailgating and fantastic racing.  Daytona Beach will be glad to have you come.
Daytona International Speedway Specifications
Superspeedway
2.5-mile tri-oval
40 feet wide with 12- to 30-foot apron
Turns
Banking: 31 degrees
Length: 3,000 feet
Radius: 1,000 feet
Tri-oval
Banking: 18 degrees (at start/finish line)

Front stretch
Chute length: 1,900 feet (from turn to middle of trioval)
Total length: 3,800 feet
Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Backstretch
Length: 3,000 feet
Banking: Minimal for drainage only
Pit Road
Length: 1,600 feet
Width: 50 feet
Garage Area
Sprint Cup Garages (spaces for 74 cars)
Nationwide Series Garages (spaces for 74 cars)
Alternate garage pad (spaces for 54 18-wheelers)
Road Course
3.56 miles and 2.95 miles (incorporates tri-oval superspeedway and non-banked infield section) Infield course and chicane range from 30 to 50 feet wide
Speedway Facility
Total acreage: 480 acres
Infield: 180 acres (includes 29-acre Lake Lloyd)

Parking:
Lot 2
Infield, requires PARKING PASS, CREDENTIAL, TICKET and/or FEE
Lot 3
Speedplex Office Park complex requires PARKING PASS (access lot via Bill France Blvd.)
Lot 7* (Frontstretch Ticket Holders) (Open Feb 14)
Corner of Bill France Blvd. and Clyde Morris Blvd. FREE PARKING AND SHUTTLE before and after the race. (Lot map available below)
Lot 8
West side of Speedway (Turns 1 and 2) for Self-Contained Specialty Vehicles, requires PARKING PASS, TICKET and/or FEE
Lot 10 (Superstretch Ticket Holders) (Open Feb 16 & 17, July 5) Southeast corner of Williamson Blvd. and Bellevue Extension, FREE PARKING AND SHUTTLE before and after the race. (Lot map available below)
Where is the disabled parking area?
In order to accommodate guests needing mobility assistance, please follow these guidelines for designated disabled parking: A state-issued disabled permit or license plate is required to park in designated accessible parking areas. Guests who have purchased reserved wheelchair and/or companion seats will receive a free parking pass for a reserved accessible parking area in close proximity to their grandstand. In addition there are general accessible parking areas available on a first come, first served basis.

Lot 1
Front side of Speedway, requires PARKING PASS or DISABLED PERMIT or LICENSE PLATE Lot 6 Backstretch of Speedway, requires PARKING PASS or DISABLED PERMIT or LICENSE PLATE
Park-and-Ride
Park-and-Ride provides access to and from the Speedway from off-site parking areas free of charge. Park and Ride services will be provided for the following locations:
* Lot 7 at Bill France and Clyde Morris Blvds.
* Lot 10 at Southeast corner of Williamson Blvd. & Bellevue Extension
VOTRAN Shuttle Services
VOTRAN bus services* offers express bus services for guests visiting the area for Speedweeks. VOTRAN buses will transport race fans attending the event from the Ocean Center Parking Garage located on the north side of the Ocean Center at 701 Earl Street (at the corner of Earl Street and Atlantic Avenue) in Daytona Beach to a special de-boarding area near Daytona International Speedway. (*parking and bus fees apply) For more information on event bus services, call VOTRAN at (386) 761-7700.
Frontstretch/Superstretch Tram Service
The Speedway provides tram service between the Frontstretch and Superstretch on both the east and west end of the Speedway before and after events and will depart regularly from the Speedway’s tram plazas.
- East Tram Route: Turn 3, near Gate 70 to Turn 4, next to "Souvenir Row" and Fan Walk.
- Fan Zone / Turn 1 Tunnel Route: Outside Turn 1 Tunnel, next to Lockhart grandstand, to Infield Fan Zone (must have an infield or FanZone admission to board)

- Infield Tram Route: From turns 1 & 2 to 3 & 4 along Lake Lloyd Road.
- West Tram Route: Turn 1, next to the Lockhart Grandstand to Turn 2, behind the "Turn 2" Grandstand and return (operates only on open Superstretch seating
days)
Tram passengers under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Trams are provided as a courtesy service to speedway guests. Due to the demand for this service, continuous riding (joyriding) is prohibited.
FRONTSTRETCH TICKET HOLDERS
(Oldfield, DePalma, Weatherly, Campbell, Roberts, Segrave, Keech, Lockhart grandstands and NEXTEL, Petty & Earnhardt Towers)
From the North (Jacksonville)
I-95 South to US-1 (exit 273)
South on US-1 to S.R. 40 (Granada Blvd.)
West (right) on S.R. 40 to Clyde Morris Blvd.
Clyde Morris Blvd. South to Parking Lot 7
FREE SPEEDWAY PARKING AND SHUTTLE
From the South (Melbourne)
I-95 to LPGA Blvd. (exit 265)
LPGA Blvd. East to Clyde Morris Blvd.
Clyde Morris South to Parking Lot 7
FREE SPEEDWAY PARKING AND SHUTTLE

From the East (Daytona Beach Area)
From A1A take any one of the area’s bridges to US-1
US-1 to Mason Ave.
West Mason Ave. to Clyde Morris Blvd.
North on Clyde Morris to Lot 7
FREE SPEEDWAY PARKING AND SHUTTLE
From the West (Orlando)
I-4 East to S.R. 44 (exit 118)
S.R. 44 East to US-1
US-1 North to S.R. 400/Beville Rd.
S.R. 400 West to Clyde Morris Blvd.
Clyde Morris Blvd. North to access Parking Lot 7
FREE SPEEDWAY PARKING AND SHUTTLE
SUPERSTRETCH TICKET HOLDERS
(Allison, Tiny Lund and Turn Two Grandstands)
From the North (Jacksonville)
I-95 South to US-1 (exit 273)
US-1 South to S.R. 5-A (Nova Rd.)
Nova Rd. South To S.R. 400 (Beville Rd.)
Beville Rd. West To Clyde Morris Blvd Clyde Morris Blvd. North @ ½ Mile to Bellevue Extension
Bellevue Extension West @ 2 miles to Lot 10
FREE SPEEDWAY PARKING AND SHUTTLE
From the South (Melbourne)
I-95 North to S.R. 44 New Smyrna Beach (exit 249)
S.R. 44 East to US-1 (Dixie Freeway)
US-1 North to S.R. 5-A in Harbor Oaks
S.R. 5-A North to S.R. 400 (Beville Rd.)
Beville Rd. West to Clyde Morris Blvd.
Clyde Morris Blvd. North @ ½ Mile to Bellevue Extension
Bellevue Extension West to 2 miles to Lot 10
FREE SPEEDWAY PARKING AND SHUTTLE

From the East (Daytona Beach Area)
From A1A, take any one of the area’s bridges to US-1
Go South on US-1 to S.R. 400 (Beville Rd.)
Beville Rd. West to Clyde Morris Blvd.
Clyde Morris Blvd. North @ ½ Mile to Bellevue Extension
Bellevue Extension West @ 2 Miles to Lot 10
FREE SPEEDWAY PARKING AND SHUTTLE

From the West (Orlando)
I-4 East to S.R. 400 (Beville Rd.)
S.R. 400 East to Williamson Blvd.
Williamson Blvd. North to Parking Lot 10
NOTE: DURING PEAK TRAFFIC INGRESS TIMES TRAFFIC MAY BE DIRECTED TO CLYDE MORRIS BLVD. AND THEN TO BELLEVUE EXT. TO ACCESS LOT 10 FREE SPEEDWAY PARKING AND SHUTTLE

 

Exiting After The Race Go To US 1
After the race, for the fastest and least congested routes north, south and west of the Speedway, the Police Department and Highway Patrol suggest that you access Interstate 95 or Interstate 4 by going east from the Speedway to U.S. 1. From U.S. 1 you can access I-95 or I-4 as follows:

U.S. 1 NORTHBOUND TO:
I-95 just north of Ormond Beach (approx. 11 miles)
I-95 just north of Bunnell (approx. 27 miles)
I-95 at St. Augustine (approx. 45 miles)
U.S. 1 intersects I-95 north at all three of the above locations. We recommend you stay on U.S. 1 north all the way to St. Augustine then take I-95 north at St. Augustine.

U.S. 1 SOUTHBOUND TO:
SR 44 in New Smyrna Beach (then 15 miles to I-4 west)
SR 442 in Edgewater (then 5 miles to I-95 south)
To get to U.S 1, go east from the Speedway to Ridgewood Avenue. (Ridgewood Ave. is U.S. 1)
 
NOTE: I-4 is under construction between Orlando and Daytona Beach and I-95 is under construction south of Jacksonville and around Daytona Beach. Some delays may be experienced and we recommend leaving earlier than planned to avoid delays associated with the construction.

Tickets for the races run from $99 to $185 for Sunday’s Daytona 500 Race.  There are other packages available that run from $190 to $3,852 per ticket so you can choose the package you want.

Enjoy the races!
 

Comments

  1. Ron Fromkin says:

    My first and last Daytona “experience”. Got within 1 mile of the exit for parking lot 7 on I-95 at 1030AM. Sat there for over 2 hours without moving a half a mile. FHP said they had 30 troopers working the event instead of the normal 300. Finally got to the parking lot at about 1:30 PM. Lot 7 is Free parking, but Ticketsnow sold me a pass for $52.00. I still have not figured that out. No available trams to the buses, walked the 1/2 mile. Got to the track at about 2:15PM. Missed all opening events although we were there 2.5 hours early. About an hour and a half of race time spent by track crew to try and figure out how to fix a hole in the track. Cold weather was not letting the repair set correctly. Had no one thought of this before? After the race, no trams to get from the buses to the parked cars at least a half mile away. The 6 dollar beers and stale peanuts just heightened the enjoyment, but you expect that. The race itself was a great experience. The $279 holiday inn motel room after the event was very nice, but should have been 1/2 the price. I spent almost $1000 for my son and I to attend. They could have done a much better job in making this a good experience. They need to get it together. I would not recommend this to anyone.

  2. Robert Wade says:

    The Frances evidently don’t have enough money yet. They have finally priced the common working people out of being able to afford to go to the races (at any track). I live in Daytona, but I’ve gone to my last race that the Frances control. “Greed” is definitely their middle name. What a shame that a third generation of a family can ruin one of the greatest sports in America. If the car owners, sponsors, and drivers don’t break away from Nascar and the Frances soon, stock car racing will be a thing of the past except for the little weekend tracks that still put on a good show every weekend.

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