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Experience the Thrill of Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach

While most people wait all year long in anticipation for Christmas, most motorsport and car enthusiasts wait for all year for the iconic Daytona 500. Now in its 62nd year, the Daytona 500 is taking place Saturday, February 16, 2020 at none other than the legendary Daytona International Speedway. Start your engines and grab your tickets early to this 500-mile Nascar Cup Series, because you won't want to miss The Great American Race at the "World Center of Racing". Daytona 500 offers the supped-up vacation you're looking for complete with sunshine, warm weather and thousands of fellow racing fans.

Welcome in the Nascar season this February at one of the biggest and most prestigious motorsport races. Watch drivers duke it out on the 2.5-mile long, 500-mile track, as stock cars race along the high banks of this renowned speedway and pit crews scurry to do their job with a victory at stake. Fans from across the US and more than 40 different countries come to Daytona Beach each year to see this race. See for yourself who takes the victory title from 2019 Daytona 500 champ, Denny Hamlin.

In 2019, Denny Hamlin led the 30 laps in the 61st annual Daytona 500, with Kyle Busch and Erik Jones taking home second and third. Along with the Daytona 500 win, Hamlin has also had 37 Cup wins, 17 career Xfinity Series wins and two career Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series wins. Other winners of the Daytona 500 include Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon. Check out the 36 drivers competing for a chance to become the next Daytona 500 champ.

What's Happening at Daytona 500?

Along with all the thrills of Daytona 500'S three-wide racing, Daytona International Speedway always offers a variety of other activities and entertainment for visitors of all ages. Enjoy the pre-race show where multi-Platinum rock singer Darius Rucker, formerly of Hootie & the Blowfish, will perform. To catch Rucker's performance you'll have to purchase tickets offering UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access. This access also gets you up-close-and-personal with the drivers and their beautiful sports cars, as well as autographing sessions.

This will also be the 10th year in a row that United States Air Force Thunderbirds will perform, showing off their signature "Delta" formation over the speedway at the end of the Nation Anthem, ushering in an unforgettable start to the racing festivities. Then it's time for the moment we've all been waiting for: the Daytona 500. Cheer on your favorite drivers as the rush past you at over 180 miles per hour all vying for chance at the Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy and to stand in the Gatorade Victory Lane. Crack open a cold one and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the speedway as the race comes down to the final stretch.

We know that race fans wait all year for this epic event and if you want to satiate your appetite for all things Daytona before the race, stay connected to the Daytona International Speedway through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to get the latest news on the Daytona 500 and other races and events happening throughout the year.

If you want to witness NASCAR history, make memories with friends and family, and enjoy an action-packed weekend in Daytona Beach, then Daytona 500 will not disappoint. Remember to bring you memorabilia with you to the vendor displays for your favorite driver to autograph.

What is Daytona Speedweeks?

Daytona Speedweeks is happening Friday, February 17, 2020 – Sunday, February 16th, culminating in the moment we've all been waiting for—the Daytona 500. The weeks prior to the biggest race of the year you can whet your appetite with a variety of other racing events including,
  • Lucas Oil 200, February 8th
  • Busch Clash at Daytona, February 9th
  • Daytona 500 Qualifying, February 9th
  • The Blue Greens Vacation Duel, February 13TH
  • NextEra Energy 250/Nascar Gander RV & Outdoor Truck Series, February 14th
  • Nascar Racing Experience 300, February 15th

Tickets to Daytona 500

Tickets to Daytona 500 have sold out the last three years, so if not being at the Daytona 500 is going to leave you with some intense FOMO, then you better snag those tickets before someone else does. With exclusive packages and VIP tickets offering "meet and greets" with the drivers and pre-race artists, there are a variety of ways to take in the splendor of the Daytona 500 race. Ticket prices start at $99 and you can book your tickets online at the Daytona International Speedway or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

A "Need for Speed" Vacation in Daytona Beach Awaits

Heed the Siren call of engine roars at Daytona Beach, where excitement lies both inside and outside the Daytona International Speedway. After taking in the highly anticipated spectacle of the Daytona 500, it's the perfect time to discover what Daytona Beach has to offer, from delicious local seafood and live entertainment to biking the miles of beautiful beach. Now, Hilton Honors members can experience the Daytona 500 with a special offer on the best available rates for Speed Week. This race only happens once a year so start planning your getaway today.