Daytona International Speedway is probably NASCAR’s best-known track and one of its most legendary. It plays host to both preseason preliminary events and the Daytona 500. For a fan, it’s one of the best places to watch a race – but before you go, make sure you know the following Fast Facts.
1. Tailgating to-do
Tailgating is encouraged at Daytona, but it’s a competition of its own to get a space. Tailgating/infield car parking is available for purchase starting at 6 AM on race Sunday for $55 per car. There is no advance purchase. RVs are not considered tailgating (see below).
2. Don’t miss infield camping
DIS is a fantastic venue in which to park your RV and watch a race, with multiple infield camping lots available, and kids 12 and under stay free. Just make sure you have enough time to put everything together; you’re not allowed to set up on DIS property in advance.
3. Prepare for parking
The good news is that parking at DIS is free. The bad news is it gets understandably crowded fast. You can buy some reserved parking in advance, but if you don’t, get to the speedway before gates open at 8 AM and prepare for a wait. For disabled parking, be aware that you must have your plate/placard, and law enforcement will check to confirm that the owner of the plate/placard is in the vehicle.
4. Get plugged in
If you’re one of those fans who likes to listen in on all the action, rent a FanVision handheld. FanVision provides digital radio scanners so you can pick up in-car audio, live video including in-car cameras, and access to up-to-the-moment data like lap times and driver comparisons. Plus, it offers instant replay if you missed anything when you went to get that hot dog. The unit costs $39.99 for one-day use but only $10 more for a full weekend rental.
5. Capture the moment
DIS policies are slightly different than going to your average movie or concert. You are allowed to bring cameras, video cameras, tablets and even your laptop to the track. So don’t be shy about snapping pictures or shooting some video of your day at Daytona.
To make sure you’re completely in the know at Daytona, go to the Daytona International Speedway web site and download their online Fan Guide. It will tell you the specific locations of everything from souvenirs to first aid, and detailed information on packing and parking. With that handbook and these fast facts, you’ll have an excellent weekend at the Daytona 500.