Daytona International Speedway: All Access Tour
My ex-husband and current husband are both HUGE NASCAR fans! My ex-husband has always been a Dale Earnhardt, Sr. fan, and my current husband is a Jeff Gordon fan. I never stood a chance…I could either join the band wagon, or be really bored during the racing season. (I’m a Kyle Busch fan).
My son, Scotty, has been a NASCAR fan since birth. On the 10th he turned 16, so we took him to the Daytona International Speedway Sunday for the “World Center of Racing” All Access Tour.
This is not in any form a sponsored post. This post details our adventure today and all opinions and facts are entirely based on our experience today. I am not being compensated in any form for this post. We just had such a great day that I wanted to share.
If you, or any member of your family, is a racing fan… I HIGHLY suggest you go do the tour. It was truly amazing. The sheer size of the Daytona complex is overwhelming. I don’t know if it was because there wasn’t a race and the place was mostly empty… but it was AWESOME.
Tips and Tricks
I really hate being unprepared, so once we decided to attend the tour, I began my research. The first thing I did was Google coupons. We want to buy a house in the near future, so we are looking for ways to save money on everything. I found a great $5-off coupon HERE. It only covers adult tickets, but with three adults, it saved us $15.00.
Next, I called the Speedway for more information. The woman that answered was super nice and very professional. She told me the best day to go this week was Sunday, because they held the Richard Petty Racing Experience on Saturday. By going on Sunday, we were able to go onto the track. I made sure we could use the coupon on the date we wanted to attend. She also suggested we get there 30 minutes early to have time to purchase our tickets, and to come early since Florida weather has been pretty finicky lately.
Tickets must be purchased the day of the tour, at the Speedway, so we arrived at 9:00 am since 9:30 am is the first tour. That gave us time to use the restroom (since it’s an hour and 45 minutes from our house), and purchase our tickets and get in line.
The tour director introduced the open-air trams and talked about the sites we would visit. We were so excited! My 16-year old knew ahead of time about the trip, but we decided to surprise the younger boys. OMG… the looks on their faces (especially my 9-year old UBER NASCAR fan) when we told them we were doing the tour was priceless!
Bring Your Camera
The tour visited almost every area of the complex. I took so many pictures that I couldn’t even begin to include them all. Check out my Facebook page for all of them.
We all learned SO much about the track. The complex includes seating for 101,500 fans, as well as RV and tent camping sites on the infield. The tour director talked about President Reagan visiting the race, and told us about the photo of Richard Petty driving on the field so that it looked like he was racing Air Force One. Finally, we learned that there is NO Pit Station #13 because Bill France was superstitious and didn’t want anyone stuck with an unlucky pit stop. There is a 12…12A…and then 14.
We learned that the lower seats are less expensive than the higher seats (which at first surprised me, but kind of makes sense). You can see more of the field the higher you go…I’m deathly afraid of heights so I have NO problem paying the lower amount).
We got to ride on the track and visit the Start/Finish line. You would be surprised how hard it is to walk up the incline. In addition, we saw Victory Lane (the boys were so excited), the Media Room, the Fanzone, the seats, the garage area, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Things I Never Noticed
I’ve been married or dating a NASCAR fan for the last 20 years. I NEVER noticed there is a lake in the middle of the field. Daytona’s Lake Lloyd was built in 1958 and stocked with fish. Daytona holds the Hot Rod and Reels fishing tournament in the lake which benefits the The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis & The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis as well as powerboat races.
Also, there are five entry points into the Speedway for fans. Each entry point is sponsored by either Chevrolet, Toyota, Florida Hospital, Sunoco, and Axalta. Each entry point includes features to showcase the sponsors like a huge hill to test drive a Chevy Truck and a steep incline which showcases Toyota stock cars.
The track hosts a LOT of events, such as Bike Week, stock car racing, motorcycle racing, powerboat racing, and much, much more. I never imagined that so many different events are held here. I really need to get out more.
We ended the tour at the Motorsports Hall of Fame. The center is filled with the vehicles from all of the different sport events they track holds races for… it was amazing! The Hall of Fame displays so much history that we easily could have spent hours in there… if we weren’t in such a rush to get to the beach.