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This was a car taking part in the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the time.
Daytona International Speedway - All Access Tour
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1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Tours are offered daily on the hour from 10am-3pm.
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The Daytona International Speedway All Access Tour is a 1.5 hour tour of the racetrack and nearby facilities such as a garage area, pit road, victory lane, the drivers’ meeting room and a luxury suite above the stands. The tour involves both a short tram ride as well as walking and includes the speedway’s most popular areas. There also is a shorter and cheaper tour that involves just driving around the track and a longer and more expensive VIP tour that covers more of the facility.
The speedway complex is a mammoth sports venue that is home to arguably the most famous and popular event in all of racing as well as in NASCAR – The Daytona 500. The facility is undergoing a $400 million expansion and modernization program due to finish in 2016. To give a sense of how large (and popular) the speedway is, when the modernization is complete there will be over 100,000 seats for fans and even more fans can be accommodated in the infield area. The raceway opened in 1959 and is 480 acres. Many years ago racing enthusiasts would race cars on the nearby beach, initially for bragging rights and later for purses. Those early races gave rise to the current facility.
The tour was well run and the guide was personable and professional. The tour took about 1.5 hours to complete. Some tours finish earlier, depending on how much the guide has to say and how many questions are asked. Racing fans will enjoy the chance to see various parts of the facility up close and have their picture taken at the victory lane area. For non-race fans though the tour will be much less interesting, aside from perhaps getting to experience the sheer size of the facility which was impressive. While this may sound like a truism, it is true that that if you like NASCAR, you will like the tour and if you don’t you won’t. The Richard Petty Driving Experience was taking place at the time on the track and the noise from the race cars is rock concert loud, so bringing some ear plugs is a good idea.
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