You will feel the rush of the cars as they fly by, fighting for top position around the high banks of the track at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series. Winning at Daytona has always been important, but as the last chance for drivers to secure a spot, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 is the ultimate challenge, and the excitement is substantial. With pack-style racing, the stakes are high, and the driver’s hearts are racing as fast as their engines as they zip along the track.
Fast, food, friends, and family are some good ways to describe the Coke Zero Sugar 400. You’ll have the best of everything here with the fastest racers, tastiest food, friendliest people, and family-oriented activities galore to enjoy with the kids. You can take the kids to the start/finish line to sign their names (and yours too), meet the drivers, and get pictures and autographs. There are concerts, a parade, and fun activities for the kiddos.
Grab some food and cold drinks at the Budweiser Bistro and then head over to the Fanatics Superstore for some swag and souvenirs for the people back home. And if you don’t want the fun to end when the race does, make sure you reserve one of the 3,858 campsites at the track. You can hang out with the rest of the racing fans until the next race starts.
Recently, one-day tickets for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway have gone for $20 to $180 for general admission. This does not include any of the extras such as the UNOH Fanzone or NASCAR Practice Day. Rather than buy them separately, get a package and save money. Camping is separate as well, and the price of camping typically varies from $370 to $990.
Just three miles from Daytona Beach and less than an hour from Orlando, Daytona International Speedway is off of US-92, which you can get to from the north or south on I-95. If you are coming in from the east, take US-1. And from the west, take I-4 and that will lead you to I-95. You can check traffic around Florida by calling 511 free of charge.
You can find free parking for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in Lot 7, which is still pretty close to the track. No matter how far away you park, the free tram service will come and take you where you want to be. In addition, the track has several other parking lots with premium and VIP parking for a small fee.
The ESCOT Bus Line teams up with Daytona International Speedway for this event to offer a shuttle service from many areas in Central Florida. You’ll also be able to get a ride from the Park & Ride bus from several locations. Cab companies have also been known to work with the Daytona International Speedway to offer their services as well.
When you visit Daytona International Speedway, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a spot to camp in your RV. Green Campground has 138 campsites inside Turn 4 with grass sites that are 20x40 feet. None of these sites have utility hookups.
Red Campground has 432 campsites that are 20x40 feet right on Lake Lloyd, with or without water and electric hookups. Yellow Campground has 722 campsites that are 20x40 feet just to the west of Lake Lloyd inside Turns 1 and 2, with or without electric and water hookups.
Park West Campground has 955 20x45 foot sites just outside Turns 1 and 2, with or without electric and water. Orange Campground has 1,611 campsites up to 20x35 feet in length without any utilities located inside Turns 3 and 4.
If your rig is too large or you just want to be closer to nature, check out one of the state parks or forests nearby. Eight miles from Daytona International Speedway, Tiger Bay State Forest in Volusia County is 27,395 wooded acres where you can find several campgrounds with restrooms, fishing, swimming, hiking, and horseback riding.
Tomoka State Park is just 17 miles from the track and boasts 12 miles of shoreline along the Tomoka and Halifax Rivers. The 2,000-acre park has 88 campsites with electric and water access that can accommodate rigs up to 34 feet long. There are also a few RV campgrounds within 20 miles of the track that have sites from rugged and primitive to plush and fancy.
With free tram service throughout the speedway, you won’t have to walk much unless you really want to venture on foot. Trams run all weekend long and go all over the park from the parking lots to the campgrounds and from the track to the concession area. Keep your admission ticket on you at all times to get a ride on the trams during the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Florida in the summer is hot. No doubt about it. You are going to want to pack shorts and light t-shirts or tank tops mostly but be prepared for the lows in the 70s at night. Some people even bring their hoodies or a sweater just in case. Grab a pair of comfortable shoes as well in case you want to walk somewhere and maybe your swimsuit for the beach.
If you want to bring a cooler to the Coke Zero Sugar 400 for drinks and snacks, make sure it is 14 inches or less. Dry ice is not allowed, so use regular ice or ice packs. A lightweight backpack up to 17 inches has been welcome in recent years, and fans can pack a camera, electronics, blanket, and binoculars as well as tickets.
Pack plenty of sunscreen and sunblock for your RV vacation because Florida is known for its sunshine, and you will be spending a lot of time outdoors with not much shade. A hat with your favorite driver’s name on it is a FAN-tastic idea. And sunglasses will not only make you look cool, but they will protect your eyes, too. Drink plenty of water (and not too much alcohol) to stay hydrated, and get out of the sun often.
As long as you keep your fire in the fire pit or a BBQ pit, you can cook whatever you want at your RV campsite anytime you desire. Campers often make meals ahead of time and freeze them. Then, all you have to do is heat them up on the grill, and you can eat within minutes. And if you need anything like propane or BBQ sauce, there are several retail and grocery stores nearby in Daytona.
Have a hankering for some Thai or Japanese cuisine? You’re in luck then because there is an excellent place less than a mile from Daytona International Speedway. In fact, there are half a dozen eateries less than a mile from the track that you can walk to, including an Italian restaurant, pub, brewhouse, Mexican food, and even a steakhouse and a Caribbean place.
You will find all kinds of yummy foods from burgers to BBQ and pizza to popcorn. In fact, there are so many venues to choose from, you will have to eat all weekend so you can try them all. And you’ll have to grab an ice-cold soft drink or beer to wash it all down with before heading back to your seat. In addition to the food vendors, there are plenty of merchandise vendors at the track just waiting to show you their newest items.
Speedway guests will have bags and coolers searched at several different sections of the track. Security personnel are not just there to keep order, they also want to make sure you are having fun while staying safe and following the rules. Don’t bring anything on Daytona Speedway's prohibited list like drugs, weapons, or fireworks, and follow the designated rules.
Daytona Beach is warm most of the year, but in August, it can be downright steamy. But who cares about a little heat while you are watching the races? Just make sure you are prepared and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated while at the Coke Zero Sugar 400. The average temperatures in late August are 90 for the high and 75 for the low. Afternoon showers and storms are frequent, so be prepared for that, too.
Daytona International Speedway has several Florida Hospital First Aid Stations around the concourse for your convenience. Whether it is an injury or illness, the medical personnel at the track are trained to handle almost anything. The Care Center on the infield is fully staffed with medical professionals, and if you need additional help, they will get you to where you need to go. The closest hospital is just two miles to the northwest up I-92 if you would rather go on your own.