The Daytona 500 Event Guide

Daytona 500 Event Guide

The 2018 Daytona 500

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Daytona 500 Event Guide

Daytona International Speedway Information:

The Daytona International Speedway is a race track located in Daytona Beach, Florida. The track is 2.5 miles in length and seats a total of 168,000 spectators. Types of races hosted at the track include go-kart, motorcycle, sports car, pickup truck, powerboat and stock cars. The 29-acre Lake Lloyd is used to host the powerboat events at the track. Over the years, the track has been arranged in three different layouts, allowing for various 3.1 mile events.

Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR go hand-in-hand in history. NASCAR was founded by Bill France and other race promoters at Daytona Beach in 1947. Before the speedway was conceived, the first NASCAR events were held at the Daytona Beach Road Course. On August 16, 1954, France signed a contract with city officials of Daytona Beach to create the racetrack which would later be known as the Daytona International Speedway. The track was almost not completed for the first race, but France persuaded Pepsi-Cola company to help fund the facility, and the track was completed on time.

Some of the most important NASCAR races are held at the Daytona International Speedway. These races include competitions in the Craftsman Truck Series, the Nationwide Series, and the Sprint Cup Series. Lights were installed at the facility in 1998 so the Pepsi 400 could be held at night, and the race has been held at night ever since.

Speedway Location, Parking and Rules

801 W International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 254-2700

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Parking passes are not available at TicketCity at this time. Free parking and shuttle is available for Frontstretch ticket holders at Lot 7, and for Superstretch ticket holders at Lot 10. A park-and-ride shuttle is available at Lots 7 and 10 for patrons who decide to park off-site. The Volusia Mall is a great off-site parking spot, and parking space at Volusia typically runs $20.

Items prohibited inside Daytona International Speedway:

  • Firearms
  • Fireworks
  • Hard sided coolers, thermoses and insulated cups
  • Strollers
  • Glass containers
  • Umbrellas
  • Scooters, Skateboards
  • Pets
  • Any bags, backpacks or containers larger than the allowable size

Items allowed inside Daytona International Speedway:

  • One soft side bag or cooler, no larger than 6 x 6 x 12 inches
    • A soft side cooler may contain ice
    • This bag may be carried in any manner – by straps, by handle, on a belt, etc.
  • One clear plastic bag, no larger than 18 x 18 x 4 inches
    • To accommodate purchases and samples received by fans
    • May be carried in any manner (see above)
    • May not contain ice
  • Binoculars
  • Scanners
  • Headsets
  • Cameras
  • Flags (must not obstruct view, and must not be on a pole)


Daytona 500 Experience (formerly Daytona USA)
1801 West International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

The Daytona 500 Experience, formerly known as Daytona USA, is an interactive motorsports attraction located at the Daytona International Speedway. This attraction boasts an array of interactivity and motorsports memorabilia, including the display of the most recent Daytona 500 winner's vehicle. There are several exhibit areas, simulators and interactive displays to keep the family entertained. The Coca-Cola IMAX plays Nascar 3D: The IMAX Experience year-round, and guests can race against other guests and AI computer competitors at Acceleration Alley. Guests can also sit-in at the Richard Petty Driving Experience and take a few laps on the Speedway track itself at speeds over 160 mph. All in all, the Daytona 500 Experience is a must for NASCAR fans.

Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

4931 South Peninsula Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32127

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1998. The light station was completed in 1887, and was restored over the span of several decades. Today, the lighthouse is one of the best preserved, most complete light stations in the nation. This attraction is perfect for the entire family, and is relatively inexpensive. Take a break from the fast-paced world of racing to visit this gem located on the water. If you schedule your trip in advance, you can sign up for a tour of the lighthouse to travel to the tip top to examine the Fresnel lens and beacon.

Eats and Drinks:

Pre-Race Eats:

Crabby Joe's Deck & Grill
3701 S Atlantic Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32118
(386) 788-3364

If you're looking for a cheap place to eat, but a comfortable and unique environment, then Crabby Joe's is the place for you. Serving some excellent seafood (and alligator!) at reasonable prices, this seafood restaurant is located directly on the water for an excellent view of the ocean. This café is located on the pier, so make sure to watch the little ones - there is little protection preventing them from falling to the water below. Try their burgers, they're fantastic. Oh, and the beer is cold and cheap, especially during happy hour.

Brickyard Lounge
747 W International Speedway Blvd
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3539
(386) 253-2270

This beer and burger joint is located only a mile from the Speedway, so you'll never have to worry that you'll miss the starting flag. Open since 1993, the Brickyard Lounge has been serving some of the tastiest fare in Daytona Beach. Lunches here are often packed with locals, so make sure to get there early or expect a slight wait. The dinner menu is more upscale, featuring steaks and seafood platters. If you are just looking for a tasty burger, a juicy salad or a cold beer, than the Brickyard is the perfect place for you!

Post-Race Drinks:

The Arena
180 North Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

The Arena is a bar and grill located on Beach St. in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Arena is a sports fan's paradise, with 15 HD projectors located around the restaurant and a social atmosphere to boot. On game day, there is no better place to sit back and celebrate. There is a salad bar there for those watching their diet, and some big, juicy burgers for those that aren't. The bartenders are talented and laid back, and the prices are good. Make sure to stop by the arena to get your fill of the coldest beer in Daytona Beach.

Red Tails
230 S. Beach St
Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

Red Tails is one of the hottest venues in Daytona for some late night rowdiness. This bar and night club located right on Beach. St. features live music, potent potables and even skateboarding and wake boarding. For the younger crowd, Red Tails is a must. See and be seen in one of the hottest, rowdiest and freshest bars in town.

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