If you’re a serious racing aficionado, there are two names that you undoubtedly fantasize about on a regular basis: The Sprint Cup Series and the Daytona 500. The Sprint Cup is one of the most important events not just in the world of racing, but in the world of sports in general. Though a large number of different events line the Sprint Cup’s schedule every year, the most popular and widely regarded is undoubtedly the Daytona 500.
The Daytona 500 has been at the start of the Sprint Cup race schedule for many years. It’s a 500 mile long race that is held every year at the Daytona International Speedway in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida. Of all of the races on the Sprint Cup race schedule, it is one of only four that falls into the restrictor plate category. The Daytona 500 has a long and storied history in the world of racing, dating all the way back to its inception in 1959. Since then, it has grown into the most prestigious event on the schedule and on the NASCAR calendar in general.
The importance of the Daytona 500 to the Sprint Cup race schedule also requires you to understand what makes it unique. In virtually all other types of sports, the most prestigious event of the season is held at the end of the year. The World Series doesn’t happen in Major League Baseball in early spring, for example – it happens in October, long after the yearly schedule itself has played out. Football and the Super Bowl are the same way – the biggest and most important event happens at the end, not the beginning.
The Daytona 500 takes that tradition and flips it firmly onto its head, allowing the season to start off with a massive explosion of excitement that is seen by people all over the world. The long lasting popularity of the race has certainly proved this to be a good idea, as the television ratings for the event have historically been the highest for any race all year since 1995.
The Daytona 500 also has an important place in not only the history of NASCAR, but the history of the country as well. It should come as no surprise why a nickname for the Daytona 500 is “The Great American Race” – stock car racing in general is very much a fully American sport and the Daytona 500 in particular is very closely associated with “America’s heartland,” the southern United States.
The Daytona 500 is something that every racing fan should see at least once in their lives, which is why custom trips are so hugely popular. When booking a custom trip, you not only get to choose a beach oceanfront resort to experience Florida while you’re not taking in the race, but you also get access to preferred seating anywhere in Daytona International Speedway. As if that wasn’t enough, you also get access to exclusive pit passes and hospitality passes for pre-race events.
When putting together your own custom trip, there are also a variety of different add-ons that you may choose. You can add tickets to additional races, for example, to help catch as much of the Sprint Cup race schedule as your own itinerary will allow. You can even purchase pre-race passes that will give you access to the garage to see the cars and teams get ready for the main event.
Getting to be front and center for one of the biggest events in the history of sports is most definitely something that everyone should do. It will let you live out your wildest dreams in a way that you never thought possible. Contact a Sports Travel Specialist at Roadtrips now to learn more about our Daytona 500 packages.