Classic Motorsports History
Daytona Track Facts
Daytona Beach, Florida, was an early center for American auto racing. Daytona International Speedway opened in 1959 and hosts the Daytona 500, one of NASCAR’s premier events.
The track is a 2.5-mile tri-oval super speedway, 40 feet wide with 12 to 30-foot apron. Banking is 31 degrees.
Originally known as the 'International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race', the 2.5 mile oval in Speedway, Indiana plays host annually to the largest motorsports event in the world, the Indianapolis 500. With the exception of the years America was in World Wars 1 and 2, the 500 has been run every year since 1911.
Aside from the traditional Indy 500 race, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway also hosts NASCAR's Brickyard 400, the United States Grand Prix Formula-1 event, and Red Bull MotoGP races.