Auto Racing In Daytona
February and July in Daytona Beach are very important months, especially to auto racing fans. Auto racing in Daytona, dates back to 1902, when cars raced on the Daytona Road Course. The road course was run, partly, on the pavement that is A1A, and directly on the beach. The road course was instrumental in the creation of what is now the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, otherwise known as NASCAR. Bill France, Sr. was the founder, and the France family continues to head the corporation, to this day.
Auto Racing In Daytona
The Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959 and has been an attraction to millions ever since. That same year, the inaugural Daytona 500 was run and won by Lee Petty, father to the infamous Richard Petty.
February in Daytona, is always the start to a new NASCAR year. Speed Week kicks off the festivities. This event features seven days filled with racing, musical events, food and fun, in and around the track. Even if you are in the Daytona area during the NASCAR off-season, you can still visit the speedway and ride a tram around the track. You can also tour the Daytona 500 Experience, a museum of racing history and visitors center. Daytona 500 Experience houses a large gift shop where you can purchase the merchandise of your favorite NASCAR driver.
If you still feel a ‘need for speed,’ and have always wanted to get behind the wheel of a stock car, then the Richard Petty Driving Experience is for you! You become the driver and after you complete your training, you will take a few laps in a legit race car.
If, after a day at the track, you want to learn even more about the history of racing, South Daytona is home to the Living Legends of Racing Museum. It is housed inside the Sunshine Park Mall, on Ridgewood Avenue. Folks can stroll through the museum and view photographs of earlier racing days, authentic memorabilia and antique race cars. Another hot-spot is the Living Legends of Auto Racing Memorial Brick Walk of Fame, in Daytona Beach Shores. This wall of inscribed bricks, pays homage to those who pioneered the sport of auto racing.
Auto racing in Daytona is an institution and part of our DNA. If you’re a race fan, no life is complete without enjoying at least one race week!