Daytona 500

Daytona 500, #39 U.S. Army Chevrolet [© CC BY 2.0 U.S. Army,]
Daytona 500, #39 U.S. Army Chevrolet [© CC BY 2.0 U.S. Army,]

The Daytona 500 is the jewel in the crown of NASCAR racing and one of the biggest racing events at the Daytona International Speedway alongside the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The 500 refers to the number of miles (805 km), some 200 laps of the 2.5 mile oval circuit. The Daytona 500 is the first race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series calendar and carries the largest prize money.

It concludes the Daytona Sprint Unlimited and Daytona Budweiser Speedweeks event.

There are around 43 cars taking part each year. Richard Petty is the leading overall winner with seven wins between 1964 and 1981.

In 2016 the 58th Daytona 500 race itself starts at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 21 but the event starts at around 7:00 a.m. in the morning when the garages open.

Daytona International Speedway has recently undergone some major redevelopment work to the grandstands with 101,000 permanent grandstand seats.

Daytona 500 Event Schedule

The Sprint FANZONE and garages open at 7:00 a.m. with the grandstands opening at 8:00 a.m. Guided Garage Tours in the Sprint FANZONE are available from 7:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

The race starts at 1:00 p.m.

There is also a midway carnival, live music, food and drink concessions.

The award-winning country duo Florida Georgia Line will be performing as part of the DAYTONA 500 Budweiser Pre-Race Show on pit road of the “World Center of Racing”.

Daytona 500 Tickets

Ticket prices depend upon where on the circuit you want to watch the race from.

You can also get a Daytona 500 Spring FANZONE / Pre race wristband for $99 that allows you to watch the garage activity from the Sprint FANDECK and take part in the fan forums on the main stage. You can also get access onto the track surface of Daytona International Speedway, watch the driver introductions, have great photo opportunities on the start/finish line and along the pit road. Children 12 and under are free.

A five day version valid from Wednesday, February 17 to Sunday, February 21 is available for $150.

Note wristbands do not include a race day admission ticket.

Daytona International Speedway Main Races

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