If there’s anything Daytona is known for (besides it’s beautiful beaches, of course); it’s NASCAR! Home of the Daytona International Speedway since 1959, Daytona is now well recognized as “The World Center of Racing.” As a result, it’s summer races are some of the most popular. Located just 15 minutes away from the Aku Tiki, you can enjoy the best of both worlds during your stay – spend a day at the beach, then a day at the track for the upcoming Coke Zero 400!
Although it’s currently undergoing some construction to further enhance the fan experience, the Speedway is open for business and still ready for some racing. As the name implies, the Coke Zero 400 consists of 140 laps around the 2.5 mile track for a total of 400 miles. This 400 mile race is known by fans for its close finishes, making the track experience even more exciting. This is the 57th Annual Coke Zero 400. Sponsored by Coca-Cola and part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the Saturday night race will be held on Saturday night, July 4th. Additionally, this race will mark the return of NBC’s return to NASCAR!
Although I’ve never been to this race before, I will be attending the race for the first time in few weeks, so you can look forward to a recap of my experience complete with firsthand photos and a video or two. I’ve been to The Daytona 500 (a race held in January), more than a few times, so I can make a few track recommendations. The food and drink selection is amazing, with International Speedway Corporation owning its own catering company, AmeriCrown. Additionally and interestingly, the Daytona International Speedway is one of the few sports venues in the country that allows spectators to bring in their own coolers of beverages and food. My favorite snack at the track? Soft pretzels, for sure! Now that I’m “of age”, I’ll definitely be enjoying an ice cold beer along with a pretzel at The Coke Zero 400.