Daytona International Speedway

Updated: June 27, 2011, 6:41 PM ET
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Overview
When it comes to NASCAR, it all starts with Daytona, literally and figuratively. It is here where many of the sport's most enduring memories have been created. Drivers who have won both the season-opening Daytona 500 and an overall series championship have actually said that winning the Daytona 500 was more important.

The 2.5-mile tri-oval has two points races, the Daytona 500, held in February, and the Coke Zero 400 on July 2.

The 500 is the one that sets the tone for the entire season to follow. Who can forget Darrell Waltrip's "Ickey Shuffle" in Victory Lane after his victory in 1989, or Dale Earnhardt's row of congratulatory handshakes on his way to that elusive place that had eluded him for so long? Or what about the 1979 race in which Cale Yarborough and the Allison brothers duked it out on national television?

The 400, meanwhile, has had some magic of its own. This is the race in which Richard Petty won his 200th race as President Ronald Reagan watched in 1984. It's also where Dale Earnhardt Jr. won just five months after his father passed away in the 500 in 2001.

The track itself has become one of the most fan-friendly venues in all of sports. Hospitality suites and tents are everywhere. And you can't beat the sight of seagulls and the smell of the ocean in February. The speedway is just minutes from Daytona Beach and surrounding-area sands.

This is truly the place where NASCAR began its ascent to the top of the American sporting landscape. It has everything racing fans could want.

Address
Daytona International Speedway
1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32120
daytonainternationalspeedway.com
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Notable Events

Coke Zero 400 Weekend
Thursday, June 30, 2011
• NNS practice, 2:30-3:50 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS practice, 4-5:20 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• NNS final practice, 5:30-6:25 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS final practice, 6:35-8 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 2 p.m.

Friday, July 1, 2011
• NNS qualifying, 2:10 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
• NSCS qualifying, 4:10 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
• Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola, 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR Nationwide Series
Gates open at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 2, 2011
• Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola, 7:30 p.m.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Gates open at 1 p.m.

Tickets
• Ticket office: 386-253-7223 or 1-800-PITSTOP; 866-472-8725 (TDD Hearing Impaired)
• Online: Buy tickets
• Pit passes: Not available.
• Fan hospitality: Several different options available, call the track ticket office for further information.
• Special packages: Call the track ticket office for further information.

Track Specs
• Track length: 2.5 miles
• Banking: Corners -- 31 degrees; straights -- 3 degrees; tri-oval -- 18 degrees
• Frontstretch: 3,800 feet
• Backstretch: 3,000 feet
• Race length: 500 miles, 400 miles
• Grandstand seating capacity: 147,000
• Opened: 1959

Carry-In Items
Fans may enter Daytona International Speedway with one each of these bags described:

• One soft side bag or cooler, no larger than 14 x 14 x 14 inches
• Coolers of this size typically have a removable plastic liner and are branded to hold 24 to 36 cans of soft drinks or other beverages.
• To ensure these items fit underneath grandstand seats and do not block walkways, coolers with telescoping handles and wheels will not be permitted.
• A soft side insulated cooler may contain ice.

One lightweight backpack
• Bag can be similar to a daypack carried by school students.
• This one bag may be carried in any manner -- by handle, with shoulder straps, on a belt
• Fans can bring in one cooler and one backpack.

Other items permitted include:
• Binoculars, scanners, headsets, cameras, not in a bag, worn separately over the neck or on the belt, and seat cushions carried separately are also allowed.
• Flags are acceptable for admissions, provided they are not attached to poles and that they do not obstruct other fans viewing of racing activities. No flagpoles of any type will be allowed.

Souvenirs/Displays
• Merchandise: Driver and NASCAR merchandise haulers on-site.
• Scanners: Scanners available for rent on-site.

Autographs
Check local newspapers and TV; drivers rarely available on race day.

Pit Area Guidelines
Pit passes not available for sale.

Camping
RV reserved: Available; call track ticket office for further information.

Associated Driving Schools
Richard Petty Driving Experience
1-800-BE-PETTY
Website

Getting There
The track is located about a mile east of I-95 on West International Speedway Boulevard.

For Frontstretch ticket holders (Oldfield, DePalma, Weatherly, Campbell, Roberts, Segrave, Keech, Lockhart Grandstands and Sprint, Petty & Earnhardt Towers):
• From the north (Jacksonville):
Take I-95 South to US-1 to exit 273.
Drive south on US-1 to State Route 40 to Granada Boulevard.
Travel west (right) on SR 40 to Clyde Morris Boulevard.
Take Clyde Morris Boulevard South to Parking Lot 7.

• From the south (Melbourne):
Take I-95 to LPGA Boulevard.
Drive up LPGA Boulevard east to Clyde Morris Boulevard.
Go on Clyde Morris Boulevard South to Parking Lot 7.

• From the east (Daytona Beach area):
From A1A, take any one of the area's bridges to US-1.
Travel on US-1 to Mason Avenue.
Take West Mason Avenue to Clyde Morris Boulevard.
Go north on Clyde Morris Boulevard to Parking Lot 7.

• From the west (Orlando):
Take I-4 East to State Route 44; get off at exit 118.
Take SR 44 East to US-1.
Travel on US-1 North to SR 400/Beville Road.
Motor on SR 400 West to Clyde Morris Boulevard.
Take Clyde Morris Boulevard north to access Parking Lot 7.

For Superstretch ticket holders (Allison, Lund and Turn Two Grandstands):
• From the north (Jacksonville):
Take I-95 South to US-1 to exit 273.
Drive south on US-1 to State Route 5-A (Nova Road).
Motor on Nova Road West to Clyde Morris Boulevard.
Go north on Clyde Morris Boulevard a half-mile to Bellevue Extensions
Take Bellevue Extensions west 2 miles to Lot 10.

• From the south (Melbourne):
Take I-95 North to State Route 44 in New Smyrna Beach (Exit 249).
Drive east on State Route 44 to US-1 (Dixie Freeway).
US-1 North to State Route 5-A in Harbor Oaks.
State Route 5-A North to State Route 400 (Beville Road).
Beville Road West to Clyde Morris Boulevard.
Go north on Clyde Morris Boulevard a half-mile to Bellevue Extensions
Take Bellevue Extensions west 2 miles to Lot 10.

• From the east (Daytona Beach area):
From A1A, take any one of the area's bridges to US-1.
Go South on US-1 to State Route 400 (Beville Road).
Beville Road West to Clyde Morris Boulevard.
Go north on Clyde Morris Boulevard a half-mile to Bellevue Extensions
Take Bellevue Extensions west 2 miles to Lot 10.

• From the west (Orlando):
Take I-4 East to State Route 400 (Beville Road).
SR 400 East to Williamson Boulevard
Williamson Boulevard North to Parking Lot 10.
Note: During peak traffic ingress times, vehicles may be directed to Clyde Morris Boulevard, then to Bellevue Extensions to access Parking Lot 10.

Parking
• Free parking: Available, with shuttle service.
• Handicapped parking: Available; requires parking pass or disabled permit.

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