Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway
The Daytona 500 is held in Daytona Beach Florida at the Daytona International Speedway where this event has been dubbed “The Great American Race”. The race was originally held on a stretch of beach and part highway in Daytona Beach, but today is a race that is 500 miles around the famous oval track. The drivers do 2.5 miles on each lap at a time at an average speed of around 144 MPH. The track itself is a tri oval with seating stretching from turns one and four, center seating in front of pit row and the turn two backstretch. Seating capacity at Daytona International Speedway is close to 168,000 fans.
Where to Sit at Daytona 500
At the Daytona 500, fans should select the view that best meets their taste because every seat has a different vantage point which provides a different experience. The majority of the popular seats are along the stretch of track between Turn 4 and Turn 1. This section is where the Start/Finish line is located, and may of the seats offer a good view of the Pits and Pit Road.
The section numbers on this front stretch section range from Section 108 (near Turn 4) to Section 184 (heading into Turn 1) on the lowest level. The next level above those includes Sections 308 to 395. The top level, and most expansive view, are the Sections 408 to 495. Unlike most sporting events, it is more popular at NASCAR races, to sit up in these higher elevation areas which provide a better view of the track.
Although we have fans every year who specifically want to sit down low so they can get right up near the action on the track at Daytona. If you are going to sit down near the racetrack in in the lower grandstands, then we recommend that you wear earplugs and clear glasses to protect your ears and eyes. If you have long hair, make sure to tie it back-- the wind from the cars comes whipping by on each lap. It is an exhilarating feeling to experience the rumble of these cars as they move past you during the race.