It was Bill France Sr. who realized all the way back in 1953 that Daytona Beach, as beautiful as it was, was limited when it came to racing. The huge crowds only got bigger year after year, and so the Daytona International Speedway was born. Since then the speedway has hosted thousands of races and continues to bring large crowds for fun, food, and fast thrills. The speedway itself has over 100,000 seats, 40 escalators, and 17 elevators throughout the 500-acre complex.
Previous events notable to this speedway are the Daytona 500, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and NASCAR Xfinity Series. Racing cars isn't the only thing you'll find at the speedway; there are plenty of other events dedicated to trucks, karts, and dirt bikes.
This vast complex is perfect for camping of all types, whether it be a tent or RV. People in RVs are given some of the state-of-the-art facilities to use along with plenty of hookups. While events are going on all year, it's late January to early February that is prime time for camping. The moderately mild Florida winters allow people from all over to enjoy the forested parks to the West and the amazing waves of Daytona beach to the East.
A recent $400 million project has expanded the grounds even more to include redesigned entrances, plenty of concession stands, and over 60 luxury sweets. There has never been a better time to visiting the Daytona International Speedway!
Tickets for Daytona International Speedway can vary dramatically depending on what you want to do. Racing tickets right at the finish line easily exceed $100, while seats farther back range around half that. Special pricing is available for children 12 and under with some discounts offered to military veterans and senior citizens as well. Package deals are also available, which often include bonuses like special seating, Pre-Race access passes, and VIP access.
Camping choices include small tent or vehicle camping as well as RV campsites and packages that last multiple days. Because of the plethora of options, available prices can go just above $100 and upwards to $3000. For more information on specific deals, please visit the Daytona International Speedway website.
Getting to Daytona International Speedway is pretty easy as it is on I-92, which turns into International Speedway Blvd. Located southwest of the speedway is the Route 95 and I-92 junction. Located just a couple of miles away is the East Coast of Florida, also referred to as Daytona Beach. Within walking distance and just to the southeast of the grounds is the Daytona Beach International Airport.
Free parking is available, usually located in both lots 7 and 3. Trackside parking is also available and ranges anywhere from $20 to $40 depending on the day; oversized vehicles like RVs and trailers are prohibited here but can be parked in the camping area.
Shuttle services are often provided via ESCOT to and from the racetrack. Schedule and fees vary and don't include actual tickets into the speedway. Shuttle services usually drop off just outside the grandstand. Private transport services and taxis are available in the surrounding area.
Camping facilities vary with RV ones with some including electricity and water hookups but only if called ahead. RV sites come in both 20' x 40' and 20' x 55' sizes (approximately). Tent camping is available as well, and sites range from around 20' x 30.' In the rare circumstance that all sites are taken up, there are other options in the surrounding area. The permitted size of trailers and RVs can vary by location, and may or may not include the towing vehicle.
A couple of camping options are available and extremely close to the Daytona International Speedway. Campsites may be on grassy or sandy fields depending on the orientation to the beach, with grass recommended for RV and larger vehicle setups. Most campsites are within a few blocks of I-92 or Route 95, which makes getting back to the racing a matter of a short drive.
The campground at Daytona International Speedway is fairly manageable to get around on foot and is often filled to the brim with people. Because of this, most small motorized vehicles are not permitted, such as motorcycles, hoverboards, and ATVs.
In most areas of the country, the month of February can be brutal in terms of cold weather. Thankfully, Florida has relatively mild winters, with temperatures rarely below freezing. Travelers will still want to bring warm clothing like a jacket, jeans, and even gloves, especially if planing to watch a race at night time.
Generators and heaters are recommended with some special rules; exhaust must be away from both your unit and your neighbors. Ensure that proper ventilation is given to avoid carbon monoxide build-up dangers. Much of what you would bring to a typical campsite applies to the speedway as well, such as sleeping bags, portable lights, and chairs.
Even though the brunt of the camping takes place during the winter months, there are usually still plenty of golden rays in the Sunshine State. That means be prepared with sunscreen, hats, and glasses as you'll be spending a lot of times outdoors. First aid stations are available on site, but you will still want to have a first aid kit on hand for small matters.
Cooking is available as long as it stays within the RV. Coolers are permitted in some areas, including the stands, as long as it is no larger than the permitted dimensions. There are many places to pick up food and other essentials just off-site, with several options across the street from the speedway itself.
Located near Daytona Beach, guests will find plenty of options to choose from ranging from good country eating to Mexican food and even a chain of breweries and pubs. Most of these options are available all along Daytona Speedway Blvd. and extend to the west and the east near the beach.
Daytona International Speedway houses plenty of vendor options to choose from with the brunt of it related to food. Tens of thousands of soft drinks, hot dogs, beer, and pretzels are consumed during the two-week event along with other yummy treats and delights. Memorabilia and other fun items are throughout the premises. While many vendors offer the use of credit cards, it is recommended to bring some cash for the smaller vendors.
Bags, coolers, and other belonging are allowed into the stands but will be subject to a search. Security personnel is on site, but make sure you take time to lock up your belongings as the speedway is not responsible for anything lost or stolen.
A relatively mild winter doesn't mean you won't need warm clothes. While you won't need a parka, a hoodie and basic jacket will go a long way. Occasional rain from the north is known to happen when a cold front pushes weather toward Florida, so make sure to have a raincoat or umbrella handy. Wet, cold air may join you in the area; being prepared with layers and an extra blanket for sleeping can help you navigate the changing conditions.
A fully staffed care center is located in the infield as well as along the frontstretch near the pedestrian bridge. First aid is located throughout the grandstands and infield. In case of an emergency, attendees can be taken to the nearest hospital about 10 minutes away. Pharmacy options rest about five minutes away from the track.