One of the things February is known for is the Super Bowl, the most anticipated and watched sporting event of the year. But actually, there’s another huge sporting event that takes place in February, and it’s much more fast-paced and exciting than the football match-up. It’s the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing”, the Daytona 500.
Held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, this main event is a 500 mile long NASCAR Sprint Cup motor race, and is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar. This year, the race will commence on Sunday, February 23 at 1:00 pm. There are a lot of fascinating activities leading up to the big event so if you are a racing fan, give yourself at least a couple of days to experience it all. Here’s a schedule of the events taking place at the track.
Even if you are not a fan of racing, once you get there and take it all in, you will no doubt become one. I would highly recommend you splurge for one of the tours.(Check the list of available tours). I did a few years ago and absolutely loved it. We got to explore the track and take a lap around the infield. No, not in a race car… but riding in the slow moving tour vehicle gives you a much better chance to experience it all! I knew that the track was big, but you can’t imagine the scope until you are actually there. And those intimidating 31 degree banks…let’s just say that seeing it on TV does not do it justice. I especially loved the Victory Lane — it was so cool to see where the winners stood and actually stand there myself! You can also walk around the exhibits, get up close to actual race cars and so much more! It was definitely one of the highlights of a very exciting week!
And while you are in Daytona Beach, try to find some time to explore the area because it is rich with history, culture, nightlife, and some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see.
So “drivers, start your engines” and head over to Daytona International Speedway for one of the most exciting sporting events of the year!
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