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Continued: The Daytona Beach Area’s Proud Racing Heritage

In 1996, DAYTONA USA opened
A year-round attraction dedicated to auto racing and its rich 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 refurbished 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. While at DIS, race fans can ride along with a specially trained instructor around the world-famous super-speedway via the Richard Petty Driving Experience. The RPDE takes fans on three high-speed laps around the track in an authentic Winston Cup-styled stock car.

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.

Even kids can take a spin at one of the area’s many go-kart tracks! Speed Park Motorsports in Daytona Beach has three tracks, including a drag strip where speeds reach 75 miles per hour. In addition, kids of all ages will enjoy visiting Ormond Beach’s new Birthplace of Speed Park which commemorates the 1903 race between Winton and Olds with replicas of their history-making beach racers.

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 in November, Ormond Beach's Antique Auto Gaslight Parade and Antique Car Show commemorate the city's role in the development of sports car racing, as does its January Birthplace of Speed celebration. In March, DIS is the site of the annual Spring Daytona Beach Car Show & Swap Meet presented by the Daytona Beach Racing and Recreational Facilities District.

Visitors to DAYTONA USA may also take a tour of Daytona International Speedway.
Visitors to DAYTONA USA may also take a tour of Daytona International Speedway.



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