The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long (805 km) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is the first of two Sprint Cup races held every year at Daytona, the second one being the Coke Zero 400. It is one of the four restrictor plate races on the Sprint Cup schedule. The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959 coinciding with the opening of the speedway and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series.
The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse. Championship points awarded are equal to that of any other Sprint Cup race. It is also the series’ first race of the year; this phenomenon is virtually unique in sports, which tend to have championships or other major events at the end of the season rather than the start. Since 1995, U.S. television ratings for the Daytona 500 have been the highest for any auto race of the year, surpassing the traditional leader, the Indianapolis 500which in turn greatly surpasses the Daytona 500 in in-track attendance and international viewing. The 2006 Daytona 500 attracted the sixth largest average live global TV audience of any sporting event that year with 20 million viewers.
Daytona Beach River Front Street
The $400 million DAYTONA Rising front stretch redevelopment project gets the checkered flag in January 2016 as we usher in a new era in motor sports! Be here for Speed weeks 2016 and the historic 58th DAYTONA 500 and experience the first-ever motor sports stadium, featuring 40 escalators, 101,500 new seats, amazing views, twice as many restrooms, three times as many concession stands and so much more.
With a limited number of seats available, buy early and guarantee your seat to witness the first DAYTONA 500 at the new Daytona International Speedway.
Daytona International Speedway
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