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Daytona USA

Another fun family attraction is Daytona USA located just outside Daytona International Speedway's fourth turn. This motor sports attraction offers a combination of high-tech, hands-on excitement and a fascinating historical perspective that's perfect for all ages.

In 1996, Daytona USA opened. A year-round attraction dedicated to auto racing and its rich racing legacy, Daytona USA features a historic walk of fame that chronicles milestone events in racing and the evolution of speed. Included in the walk is Campbell's Bluebird V, which has been fully restored to its former glory after an intense restoration effort.

The motorsports attraction also features a 15-minute feature film, a "do it yourself" participatory pit stop and a video "interview" session with popular NASCAR drivers. In addition, the attraction also features the racecar of the current Daytona 500 champion.

Visitors to Daytona USA may also take a tour of Daytona International Speedway. The speedway tour is a splendid opportunity for visitors to experience the live thrill of modifieds roaring down the track during testing runs or to use their imagination and hear the whispering ghosts of past races. And on the rare occasion when Daytona International Speedway falls silent, racing remains at two nearby tracks - the Volusia County Speedway in Barberville and the New Smyrna Speedway in New Smyrna Beach. Both tracks offer a full racing schedule every Saturday night. For those who want to take a spin themselves, numerous go-kart tracks in the area make racing a fun family activity. The latest addition, Speed Park Motorsports, offers three tracks, including a drag strip where speeds reach 75 miles per hour.

The area's historic love affair with the automobile is still evident as antique and classic car shows are staged throughout the year. The Daytona Turkey Run, an event for collectors of vintage automobiles, is held at the speedway each November. Also held in November, Ormond Beach's Birthplace of Speed commemorates the city's role in the development of sports car racing with antique auto races on the beach.

The International Speedway Arena
The International Speedway Arena



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