Daytona International Speedway is the home of "The Great American Race" -- the Daytona 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event garners most of the attention -- as well as the largest audience in motorsports -- the enormous 480-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of "World Center of Racing."
In addition to 10 major weekends of racing activity, rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo "shoots," production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.
After a jam-packed month of sports car and stock car testing in January, another 16 days of on-track activity mark the track's annual Speedweeks events. Its diversity includes sports car drivers from more than 20 foreign countries and the United States in the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The Rolex 24 kicks off three weeks of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch Series, Craftsman Truck Series, Crown Royal IROC, iPOWER Dash Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series racing that culminates with the Daytona 500.
Coinciding with the Daytona Beach community's "Bike Week," every March Daytona International Speedway hosts two weeks of intense motorcycle racing with Daytona 200 Week. Racers and fans from around the world converge on the Speedway for the best in road racing, supercross and dirt track competition. Nine days of two-wheeled action concludes with the American Motorcyclist Association-sanctioned Daytona Supercross By Honda and the Daytona 200 By Arai Helmets.
Recently tagged as Summer Speedweek, July brings the Rolex Sports Car Series, the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series together for the Pepsi 400 weekend of racing all under the lights on Independence Day weekend. The latter two events mark the mid-point of the NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup series.
In October, see World Championship motorcycle racing as Buell Lightning, Formula USA, International Lightweight & the GP Final series race on the high banks of Daytona. Along with fast action in motorcycle racing on the track, cycle enthusiasts can enjoy all that the major motorcycle manufacturers have to offer in the vendor, display and demo rides at Daytona for Biketoberfest.
November is a busy month at the Speedway as well, when Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) and the Grand American Finale At Daytona visit the track. Vintage sportscars tackle the 3.56-mile road course for HSR, as fans enjoy live entertainment, a wine and cheese reception in the infield and an up-close-and-personal look at the most well-known vehicles of the century. Sportscars make a season-ending visit to the Speedway as the Grand American Road Racing Association presents the Grand American Finale At Daytona. Watch the Speedway host an international field of drivers as they pilot exotic machines around the 3.56-mile road course in events from the Rolex Sports Car series and Grand-Am Cup series.
The World Karting Association Finals sweep through for a holiday visit every Dec. 26-30. See go-kart racers of all ages tackle the high banks of Daytona and the dirt track of the nearby Stadium.
DAYTONA USA, which opened July 5, 1996, has transformed Daytona International Speedway into a destination for tourists looking to acquaint themselves with the history of motorsports activity in the Daytona Beach area.
DAYTONA USA, "The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction," is a highly interactive multi-million-dollar entertainment facility designed to broaden the entertainment and educational experience for visitors of all ages -- whether or not they are racing fans.
Guests of DAYTONA USA don't want to miss a chance to experience ACCELERATION ALLEY to compete against each other in 80-percent scale stock cars. DAYTONA DREAM LAPS is a motion simulator ride that places guests behind the wheel in a virtual Daytona 500 race. "The DAYTONA 500" movie that gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Daytona 500 or the 16-Second Pit Stop Challenge that allows visitors the opportunity to be a pit-crew member in a timed pit stop.
In addition, guests can hop aboard a Speedway Tour, visit the Daytona Speedplay game center, Pit Shop souvenir and gift shop, 4th Turn Grill snack bar, and the Daytona Beach Area Welcome Center.
DAYTONA USA is open daily except for Christmas Day, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. with extended hours during racing events. Track tours are available daily, weather and track conditions permitting.