Plan a visit to Daytona International Speedway and become a race spectator at the Daytona 500. The event will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2020.
On December 14, 1947, Bill France Sr. organized a meeting in Daytona Beach, Florida, and the future of stock car racing was born – the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).
A speedway construction plan began on April 4, 1953, when Bill France Sr. proposed to build a permanent speedway facility due to the rapid growth of population and race crowds.
The following year on August 16, 1954, Bill France Sr. signed a contract with the City of Daytona Beach and Volusia County to build the “World Center of Racing” also known as the Daytona International Speedway.
In 1959, racing moved from a beach-road course to the Daytona International Speedway.
The first Daytona 500 took place on February 22, 1959, with a crowd over 41,000.
In 1961, the Daytona 200 motorcycle race was moved from the beach to the Speedway.
In July 2013, a renovation project turned this facility into a state-of-the-art motorsports facility costing $400 million.
In May 2016, the Daytona Speedway was awarded the “Sports Business Award” for Sports Facility of the Year by Sports Business Journal. This grand facility now includes 101,500 permanent comfortable seats, 40 escalators, 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites with trackside views, hospitality experience for corporate guests and more.
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