Daytona International Speedway, located in Daytona Beach, Florida, is one of the most famous race tracks in the world. It features the most well-known race, the Daytona 500, which is one of the biggest sporting events of the year. In addition to the Daytona 500, the track also hosts many other racing events including the Bud Light Cup and the Rolex Sports Car Series. If you are visiting or live in Daytona Beach, Florida, you know exactly what we are talking about.
The track has been around since the 1950s and has been designed by NASCAR Hall of Fame member Herman Langley. The record for the Daytona 500 is currently 10:54.53, set by Alex Tagliani in 2018.
Since the cars are traveling at high speeds during the race, it’s natural for fans to wonder how fast they actually are. The following will investigate.
The 2019 Season On The Track
During the 2019 season, the track was closed for several months due to the pandemic. It opened up again in June and had its first practice session on June 24th. Since then, it has had three more practice sessions as well as two weekly races. These have been fairly quiet races with no major upsets.
There was one major upset during the July 24th race. David Gilliland started first and kept the lead until around lap 40, when he gave it up to Brad Keselowski. Keselowski would go on to win the race. Gilliland would finish third. The next week, Gilliland would win the pole position and lead the most laps, but would ultimately finish fourth due to a late-race crash. This shows that even though the races have been relatively quiet, the competition is still very fierce.
Average Speed For The 2019 Season
The average speed for the track during the 2019 season was 152.1 mph, according to research done by the Winston Salem Police Department. This was a decrease of 1.7 mph from the 2018 season. The following table shows this year’s average speed compared to those from previous years (2017-2019):