Coke Zero 400

By James | Last updated May 10, 2024

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The Coke Zero 400 runs around the Independence Day weekend and takes its name from the 160 lap, 400 mile (640 km) race at the Daytona International Speedway.

First run in 1959, it is one of two major stock car races held at Daytona as part of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series circuit, the other being the Daytona 500.

The race is held on the Saturday evening nearest to July 4th, under lights.

The circuit is a 2.5 miles (4 km) high speed tri-oval and cars average around 150 mph (242 kph). There are typically around 40 entrants each year.

In 2017, the 59th Coke Zero 400 starts on the evening of Saturday, July 1st at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by a “July 4th” fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. There is a concert by country music star, Typer Farr at 5:25 p.m.

For one famous American racing car driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., this will be his final race.

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

Coke Zero 400 Event Schedule

The Coke Zero 400 event starts on the preceding Thursday, June 29th when the midway opens at 12 noon. On the first day there are a series of practice sessions.

On the Friday there are a number of events including the main evening event, the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 race which is over 100 laps followed by the Professional Fighters League.

With the event running for such a long time, a lot of spectators choose to camp on site, either in tents of RVs.

Coke Zero 400 Tickets

Ticket prices depend upon where on the circuit you want to watch the race from and how many days you intend to stay from a single day to a all three days.

Various packages give you walk-in access to the infield, general admission to the grandstands, daily garage and UNOH FANZONE access and hospitality suites, VIP viewing and even a lap around the track. Children 12 and under are generally free.

If you are camping then prices vary depending on whether you are simply tent camping outside of the track or you want to park the largest RVs in the infield.