The history of automotive competition in the Daytona Beach area goes back to 1903. It is recorded that a friendly wager between two gentlemen debating who had the fastest horseless carriage spawned “The Birthplace of Speed.” On February 22, 1959, Daytona International Speedway, the “World Center of Racing,” hosted the first Daytona 500. The posted awards for the “500-Mile International Sweepstakes” totaled $67,760. A field of 59 cars took the green flag for the start. A crowd of over 41,000 was on hand to witness the beginning of another chapter in the history of racing in Daytona. Today, the Daytona 500 remains one of racing’s premier events each year.
follow link The Daytona 500 Experience includes:
- Deluxe 3 day / 2 night hotel accommodations at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary Hotel for the 2016 or 2017 Daytona 500 Race
- Full American breakfast daily
- Tower tickets to the Daytona 500 Race on Sunday
- 3-day rental car or $150 transfer allowance
- All hotel taxes