Daytona International Speedway hosts the Daytona 500 -- the race that any stock car driver would most love to win. Since Daytona International Speedway opened its gates in 1959, the prestigious Daytona 500 has been run under the same name ever since and currently leads off the NASCAR season.
As a steeply banked 2.5-mile tri-oval, Daytona International Speedway is second only to Talladega in length and all-time top qualifying speed. In fact, speeds at both tracks got so high (well over 200 mph in qualifying) that in 1988, NASCAR began requiring cars to run restrictor plates for races held there. Though the Daytona 500 is certainly the most famous, other well-known races hosted by the speedway over the years were the Firecracker 250/400 (1959-1983) and the Pepsi 400, which was first run in 1989 and continues to this day.
Daytona International Speedway Visitor Information
Daytona International Speedway contact information: Daytona International Speedway. 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL (32114). Phone 386/254-2700 or 386/253-RACE (7223). www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
Daytona International Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Daytona International Speedway layout.
Darlington Raceway security: Race goers may bring in one soft-sided cooler, scanner bag, fanny pack, purse, binocular bag, or diaper bag (that’s key) -- but none larger than 6 x 6 x 12 inches. In addition, you may bring one clear plastic bag, no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches, and binoculars, scanners, headsets, and cameras worn over the neck or on a belt. Seat cushions are allowed, but insulated cups or flasks, strollers, and umbrellas are not. For more guidance, download a fan guide from the track’s Web site.
Child safety: Free child safety and identification wristbands are available at information booths and at Daytona USA’s Guest Services Desk. The wristbands leave space to list a child’s name, a preselected meeting location, parent/guardian's name and phone number, and other information to ensure a quick reunion.