Florida is home to some of the largest NFL, NCAA football stadiums in the nation… Those stadiums are small when compared to the Daytona International Speedway! The Speedway is historically known for the Daytona 500!

Unbelievable Facts About The Daytona International Speedway:

  • It only cost $3 million dollars to build the speedway in 1957!
  • Construction took a year and a half and the speedway opened in 1959!
  • The stadium has a capacity of 101,000 seats! That’s a lot of people!
  • The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is held at the speedway. This includes The Daytona 500, Coke Zero 500, Advance Auto Parts Clash and the Can-Am Duel!
  • The Speedway consists of 5 car courses! From NASCAR to motorcycle tracks!
  • The Daytona International Speedway sits on 448 acres adjacent to Daytona’s Airport.

The History of The Daytona 500

  • Daytona’s tri-oval is 2.5 miles long with 31-degree banking on the turns.
  • The track was built by NASCAR founder William “Bill” France, Sr. 
  • George W. Bush is the only person to serve as Grand Marshal for both the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero 400!
  • You could fit two Magic Kingdom parks inside of the Speedway’s 180-acre infield!
  • A record six women qualified for the Lucas Oil 200!
  • From the top of the bleachers, you can see the Atlantic Ocean off in the distance!
  • Want to drive the track like a real NASCAR driver? Now you can!
  • Dale Earnhardt Sr. Won 34 races at the Speedway!
  • The Speedway now offers 50 new trackside suites!

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