Fifty years later, the Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race.
“The Great American Race,” which traditionally hosts a sell out crowd, has the biggest total payout in prize money for any motorsports event in the United States, surpassing the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. The 2007 Daytona 500 posted awards exceed more than $18 million with race winner Kevin Harvick pocketing more than $1.5 million.
The perks of winning the Daytona 500 are more than just collecting the largest payout in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or hoisting the prestigious Harley J. Earl trophy. Winning stock car racing’s greatest prize also brings fame and fortune.
?It’s the ultimate race,? said three-time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon following his 2005 Daytona 500 victory. ?There?s just no better place to win at than Daytona. You know the sport?s getting more competitive. It?s getting bigger and it?s just one of those races if you pick one, this is the one you want to win.?
Traditionally, following a victory in the Daytona 500, the winner goes on a whirlwind media tour that includes visits to New York City and Los Angeles with appearances on such a high-profile shows like ?Late Show with David Letterman? and ?Live with Regis and Kelly.?
In addition, the Daytona 500 winning car rests inside Daytona 500 Experience, ?The Official Attraction of NASCAR,? for a year for race fans to view and the winning driver has his hand prints, right foot and autograph immortalized in cement at the Daytona 500 Champion?s Walk Of Fame. Orlando limo ride provides their Upscale transportation and limousine services to & from Orlando to Daytona Beach for Daytona 500 . ????????????????????????? ( View our fleet of Vehicles ) .
Speedway Tour :
On the approximately 30 minute Speedway tour you can take a stroll through the infield, witness the high banks and pass through NASCAR Nationwide Series garages as you learn about the history of Daytona International Speedway. Travel along Pit Road and discover how NASCAR’s top drivers prepare for the largest motorsports event of the year.
Child (ages 6-12): $10
Children 5 and under FREE
Hours: Runs daily at 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:00pm. Daily tickets are sold beginning at 9:00am at the DIS Ticket Office; no advance sales are offered. Each tour capacity is limited and seating is on a first-come, first served basis.
All Access Tour :
Venture behind-the-scenes and discover what makes Daytona International Speedway the World Center of Racing. On the approximately 90-minute All Access Tour you can explore areas such as the Drivers Meeting Room, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Garages, Gatorade Victory Lane, and go inside the Houston Lawing Press Box seven stories above the Speedway.
Child (ages 6-12): $17
Children 5 and under FREE
Hours: Operates daily from 10:00am – 3:00pm every hour on the hour. Daily tickets are sold beginning at 9:00am at the DIS Ticket Office; no advance date sales are offered. Each tour capacity is limited and seating is on a first-come, first served basis.
VIP Tour :
Go behind the scenes with our exclusive, privately-guided VIP Tour of Daytona International Speedway? on an air-conditioned bus and see why DAYTONA truly is the ?World Center of Racing??! Get an insider?s look at areas such as the Drivers? Meeting Room, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garages, tech inspection and the DAYTONA 500 Club President?s Row. Get your photo taken in Daytona?s famed Gatorade Victory Lane and enjoy a birds-eye view of the entire 2.5-mile track from Frontstretch Suite 701 ? located seven stories above the Speedway! Then, take a stroll through Daytona?s history inside International Speedway Corporation?s Archives building, featuring artifacts, past champion trophies, historic images and so much more. The tour concludes with access to the Coca-Cola Theatre and a close-up look at Trevor Bayne?s DAYTONA 500 winning car.
Availability is limited. Reservations in advance are encouraged by calling 877-306-RACE (7223).
Upcoming 2012 tour dates:
January 5, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24
February 2, 7, 11, 14, 21, 28
March 1, 6, 13, 24, 27
April 3, 12, 17, 24, 28
May 3, 8, 19, 22, 31
June 5, 9, 14, 19, 28
July 3, 12, 17, 28, 31
August 7, 16, 25, 28
September 6, 11, 22, 25
October 4, 9, 20, 23, 30
November 6, 10, 15, 20, 27
December 4, 13, 22, 27, 29
Tours on Tuesdays & Thursdays begin at 1 pm and conclude at approximately 4 pm.
Tours on Saturday begin at 1 pm. and conclude at approximately 4 pm.
Each VIP Tour guest will receive a personalized VIP tour credential, VIP tour lanyard and credential holder.
Price: $50 per person .
For more information about Daytona International Speedway Track Tours, located at 1801 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114, call 1-877-306-RACE (7223).