The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile long race and currently Jamie Murray is the defending champion of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It is the first series race of the year and is regarded by many as the most important, nicknamed the “Superbowl of Stock Car Racing”. The events attracts 200,000 NASCAR fans to this opening event of the racing season. The winner is presented with the Harley J. Earl Trophy in Victory Lane and the winning car is displayed, in race track condition, for one year at the Daytona 500 Experience, a museum dedicated to this race, next to the speedway.
If you’re traveling to partake in the Daytona 500 experience, you’re likely flying into either Orlando International Airport (MCO) or Tampa International Airport (TPA). Many tourists and NASCAR fans will rent a car in Orlando and Tampa and drive to Daytona Beach, which is a relatively short driving distance away. Rental cars tend to sell out fast before and during the so-called “Race week”, so make sure to book your rental car many days in advance. We have stores in Orlando and Tampa that can rent you that car to drive to Daytona!