Daytona USA


William "Big Bill" Henry Getty France, NASCAR's first president, is credited for the construction of the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, an engineering marvel with 40-foot-wide, 31-degree banked turns and a unique trioval track design. In addition to a photographic record of the superspeedway's construction, Daytona USA offers visitors an inside view of stock car technology and an opportunity to try their hand at designing their own race car. Other attractions include a 16-second Pit Stop challenge, an exciting large-screen movie depicting race day at the Daytona 500, and a 30-minute tram tour of the speedway.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Mechanical
Topic(s):Technology/Materials
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Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The hard-packed sands of Daytona Beach were more speedway than beach in 1904-1935, when high-society "playboy" industrialists raced one another in specially built automobiles. In the final year of the beach speed runs, Englishman Sir Malcolm Campbell set a world land speed record of 276.82 mph.
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