Daytona Beach Events – Daytona 500!
Speedweeks 2012/ Daytona 500February 13, 2013 - February 25, 2013
The Daytona 500 is known as The Great American Race and sometimes it's called the Super Bowl of NASCAR, but it doesn't really matter what you call it. It just matters that you are there at Daytona International Speedway to see it, hear it and feel it. There is simply no other experience that matches seeing a NASCAR race in person, especially the prestigious Daytona 500. Forty-three of the top drivers in the world compete in "The Great American Race," NASCAR's biggest, richest, and most prestigious motorsports event. There is a ton to do during SpeedWeek & The Daytona 500 for race fans of all ages.
The entire week is packed with fun and exciting things to see and do even before the big race!
February 18, 2012, 4:30 PM EST: Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 - The future stars of racing battle for 80 laps, 200 miles in the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, the season-opening event for the ARCA Racing Series.
And once the big day arrives, there are many activities and events to enhance your Daytona 500 experience.
Sprint FANZONE! - The next best thing to a garage pass is the Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Pass. With a Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race Pit Pass, you can walk the track surface over the grassy tri-oval and onto pit road for pre-race through driver's introductions. You can also step into the most fan-friendly hands-on motorsports experience in the Sprint FANZONE, which is located in the heart of Daytona International Speedway and transports race fans into the center of the action with a wide variety of activities and attractions including:
Driver Introductions - Watch your favorite drivers walk across the pre-race stage and wave to the crowd before the race.
Daytona 500 Club: The DAYTONA 500 Club is the place to be on race day! Located behind pit road, this venue is the premier hospitality experience at the "World Center of Racing." With access to Gatorade Victory Lane you can view the celebration with the winning driver. From pre-race until two hours after the checkered flag dine on world-class cuisine, sip on your favorite cocktail from the premium open bar, and have access to first-class banquet and lounge facilities.
5th Turn: In the 5th Turn, there is something for every type of race fan. Choose from In The Groove, a night club atmosphere with live music and driver interviews, or for those who crave something more interactive, try the Spark Pub, a game room/internet lounge. Relax before race time in the Budweiser Track Bar. There's also a coffee cart, cigar bar and a variety of food choices from healthy to classic track food to international cuisine. The 5th Turn is sure to have something for everyone.
SPEED Trackside Tavern: Spend DAYTONA 500 pre-race meeting SPEED television personalities, enjoying food, beverages and live entertainment inside the festive SPEED Trackside Tavern overlooking Daytona's high banks in Turn 3.
31 Degrees: Step back in time inside the 31 Degrees frontstretch hospitality area and pay tribute to past DAYTONA 500 champions and celebrate the history of "The Great American Race." 31 Degrees includes a Pre-Race/Sprint FANZONE pass that gets you garage-side action, driver & team interviews and front & center for pre-race ceremonies including driver introductions. This all-inclusive package covers your meals, unlimited Coca-Cola, beer or wine and plus an appearance by 2011 DAYTONA 500 Champion Trevor Bayne!
Pit Road Patios: Ever wonder what it would be like to sit on top of the pit box? Well our pit road patio is the closest thing to being there. The Pit Road Patios are right in the middle of the action along historic pit road. Picture yourself enjoying a full day of NASCAR excitement culminating with the earth moving under your feet as you and the 43 drivers hang on for the ride.
Live entertainment and scrumptious food is available throughout the week, and, of course, other NASCAR fans to meet and greet.
You are not going to want to miss a single day of Speedweek and The Daytona 500!