If Old Man Winter has you planning your escape, Daytona Beach is the perfect haven for chilled bones seeking sunny weather, beautiful beaches and relaxation. If you also have a love for motorsports then you most likely know that Daytona Beach is home to one of the most famous speedways in the country: Daytona International Speedway.
If you are planning a trip down to the Sunshine State the weekend of January 25th and 26th you're just in time for the 58th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona. This is the only event like it where you get to see non-stop racing action for a full 24 hours. Spectators come from across the globe for this event, and if you want to catch a race at Daytona Speedway this one will prove to be unforgettable.
You'll find all of your favorite International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) drivers from around the world come to Daytona Speedway to test their and their car's endurance on the 3.56-mile course. Watch more than 60 exotic sports cars from four different classes including Nascar, IndyCar and Formula1 start their engines and glide neck and neck for the championship title. Each team has three to five drivers, who change shifts throughout the day. For car enthusiasts, this lineup offers everything from Mazda and Fords to Porsches and Lamborghinis.
Want to keep up to date on all the salacious rumblings prior to the event? Nascar feeds its fans' love of the sport with some cool behind-the-scenes action before the Rolex 24. Check out photos of the upcoming racers during the IMSA Roar Before the Rolex 24 test days that happened January 3-5th at Daytona International Speedway.
While you've probably come to see the 2,000 miles of intense racing, the Rolex 24 also offers other activities and events for its guests. "Garage Pass" allows visitors the unique opportunity to meet their favorite drivers and crew while getting an up close and personal look at some of the amazing cars racing in this year's Rolex 24. Garage Access is a must for any diehard race fans. Access to the UNOH Fanzone is included in your infield admission ticket, which offers cool displays, as well as garage views, and entertainment and fun for visitors of all ages. There will also be autographing sessions with the drivers, live entertainment, a Ferris wheel and other Boardwalk-style games.
To round out all the supped-up evening action is the largest fireworks display apart from the Fourth of July. Enjoy the illuminating spectacle as cars racing around the track for a truly heart-pumping experience.
It's easy to work up an appetite as you check out all the sights and sounds of Daytona Speedway. Luckily, all of the area's best restaurants are coming to you for this event. Experience the 11th annual Taste of the 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Tickets include a weekend pass to Rolex 24, access to the UNOH Fanzone, a chance to win a Rolex watch and admission to Taste of the 24.
If breakfast is the most important meal of the day you can grab your cup o' Joe and full breakfast buffet on Sunday, January 26th from 8-10am at the Café 24 Breakfast Garage, adjacent to the UNOH Fanzone.
Grab Your Tickets to Rolex 24
There are many ways to watch all the rubber-burning excitement of Rolex 24. If you can't seem to satiate your deep-rooted love for racing then the four-day wristband may be perfect for you. The wristband will also give you access to the race's cars and drivers, as well as activities and events such as the BMW Endurance Challenge happening prior to the weekend's main event.
Daytona Speedway also offers two-day wristbands and single-day admission, as well as a variety of add-ons and packages. Check out Daytona International Speedway's site to learn more about tickets, packages and pricing or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
Plan Your Rolex 24 Vacation with Hilton Daytona Beach
If you are looking for fun, excitement and a little adventure to shake you out of your winter hibernation, Daytona Beach has it. After a day spent at the raceway, why not unwind with beautiful views of the World's Most Famous Beach while enjoying dinner at Doc Bales' Grill or a handcrafted rum cocktail at McCoys Rum Room.
Hilton Daytona Beach puts you less than five miles from the speedway and within walking distance of the area's best activities, events, shopping and dining. Take advantage of our Rolex 24 vacation package, which gives you the best available rates for a weekend of rip-roaring fun, making it easy to plan to your next high-octane vacation. Start your engines and head down to Daytona Beach this January for an electrifying weekend getaway.