Daytona International Speedway is one of the most famous racetracks in the world. If you’ve never been there, here’s your chance to see what all the fuss is about.
The Location Is Brimming With History
Daytona is located in North Carolina–the same state where the Daytona 500 is held each year. Construction on the track began in 1914 and was finished two years later. It originally had a grandstands that could hold 25,000 spectators. Today, only about 12,000 can fit inside due to safety concerns.
The speedway has undergone massive renovations over the years which have increased its capacity. The most recent addition was the Tricky Trio chicane, a set of three fast turns designed by German engineer Hannes Mozert. The chicane was built in 2014 and replaced the old Twin Ring Mound, a double helix-shaped element which had been the signature design element at the track since it opened in 1949.
The Track Is Uneven
One of the greatest things about Daytona is how uneven the track is. The banking is frequently quite steep, which leads to lots of close calls on the corner as cars try to navigate the twists and turns. In order to make the track more challenging, NASCAR has made certain areas less sharp, creating wider lanes that cut across the track. In some places, the race track nearly touches the front lawn of the spectator areas. With its wide-open spaces and breathtaking vistas, anyone can have a good time at the Speedway regardless of their driving skill.
The Noise Is Intermittent
The main issue with attending a NASCAR race at Daytona is that the noise level is frequently so high that it’s nearly impossible to hear what is said by the people around you. The good news is that once the race begins, the noise level drops significantly. But before the start of the race, prepare to be blinded by the lights.
The Experience Is Ample
The great thing about Daytona is that no matter what you want out of an experience, you can get it there. From luxurious suites to top-notch food and drink, you won’t go hungry or thirsty, either. There are lots of places to make the most out of a trip to the Speedway. You can even build your own racing league and hold tournaments there. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to understand why so many people have enjoyed their time at Daytona. It’s officially designated as a historical landmark and is one of the country’s most famous attractions. It would be a crime not to visit this magical place at least once in your life.