Daytona International Speedway is 1 mi. e. of I-95 exit 261 at 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd. NASCAR founder Bill France opened the tri-oval racetrack in 1959 with the inaugural Daytona 500 race. Every February the Daytona 500 thrills racing fans and is the culmination of Speedweeks, a series of sports- and stock-car races and test runs held throughout January and February. With at least eight major race weekends each year, the speedway's busy calendar includes the Rolex 24 At Daytona in late January, motorcycle events during Bike Week in March, Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola in July, Fall Cycle Scene in October, and the Ferrari World Finals and karting events in December.
Daytona International Speedway features a 2.5-mile superspeedway and a 3.56-mile infield road course. When races are not scheduled, the 500-acre complex is used for vehicle testing and development, automobile-related shows and events, and the Richard Petty Driving Experience. The 30-minute Speedway Tour includes the infield, Gatorade Victory Lane, the start/finish line and Pit Road.
The 90-minute All-Access Tour includes everything from the 30-minute tour and adds entrance into the driver's meeting room and garages as well as an inside look at the renovated stadium. The 3-hour VIP Tour includes everything from the All-Access Tour plus a visit to the Archives and Research Center where guests can view photographs, trophies, memorabilia, a re-creation of Bill France Sr.’s office from the 1960s and Marvin Panch’s 1961 DAYTONA 500 champion car. Entrance for grandstand viewing is through the ticket office lobby.
Guided tours are available. Food is available.
All-Access Tour $24; $18 (ages 6-12). Speedway Tour $17; $11 (ages 6-12). VIP Tour $52. Grandstand viewing free.
Hours: Guided All-Access Tours are given daily on the hour 10-3 (weather and track schedule permitting). Guided Speedway Tours are given daily at 11:30, 1:30, 3:30 and 4. All-Access Tours and Speedway Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket sales begin at 9. VIP Tours are given on some Tues., Thurs. and Sat. 1-4; reservations are recommended. Tours are not available on race days or during car shows. Closed Christmas. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.