It is a 2.5 mile (4 km) tri-oval race track facility with a seating capacity of 101,500 spectators.

France began planning a new track for the premiere event in his fledgling series in 1953.

Music festivals, soccer tournaments, you name it -- Chitwood claims that the reconfigured Daytona would be perfect for that, and other tracks, such as the new Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, are already exploiting those opportunities. The track is one of the oldest in the United States, but has also gone through several upgrades throughout the years, which has kept it looking as young as ever. Guys like Chitwood, however, do, and hopefully always will.

And, like Chitwood said, it may be necessary for even traditional venues like his to look outside motorsports. That is something Formula One honcho Bernie Ecclestone discovered years ago: He calls the fans who attend F1 races “the studio audience.” Couldn't care less how many show up. The track first officially opened in 1959:The Indianapolis Speedway is home to the Indianapolis 500, the IndyCar Series’ biggest race and the Brickyard 400, one of NASCAR’s other biggest races.

*Daytona’s seating capacity is 101,500, which makes it the seventh highest-capacity racing venue on the NASCAR circuit.

Turn 4 – Sections 108/308/408 through 125/330/430 – These sections are located closest to the track’s fourth turn, Pit In – Sections 126/331/431 through 139/339/439 – These sections are located towards the beginning of pit road, Start/Finish – Sections 140/340/440 through 152/362/462 – These sections are located on the start/finish line in the middle of the front stretch, Pit Out – Sections 153/363/463 through 166/372/472 – These sections are located towards the end of pit road, Turn 1 – Sections 167/373/473 through 184/395/495- These sections are located closest to the track’s first turn. That’s a lot of people! Alongside their selection of regular seating, Daytona International Speedway also has suite seating located at the start/finish line as well as behind sections 160-170 and 124-133. The Magic of Lights holiday lights display is coming to DAYTONA! (Cropped image courtesy of Todd Van Hoosear via Flickr.

France met with Daytona Beach engineer Charles Moneypenny to discuss his plans for the speedway.

The ground was broken on November 2… Given the Daytona 500’s prestige and large prize purse, the competition between racers is fierce and virtually unrivaled on the NASCAR circuit.

Unlike most sports where the most important games are played at the end of the year, NASCAR’s premier race is the first competition of each year.

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Even before this, one racing web site posted a story a few days ago with the headline, “Is motorsports doomed?” That contention was based on attendance at last week's IndyCar race at Milwaukee, NASCAR race at Michigan and NHRA race at Bristol.

And Chitwood also knows that in this economic atmosphere, he can't make up for any lost Superstretch revenue by charging that much more for the seats that remain. He wanted the track to have the highest banking possible to allow the cars to reach high speeds and to give fans a better view of the cars on track.

6. Chitwood is quick to point out in an interview with Autoweek that there are awfully few facilities with more than 100,000 seats, and he intends to fill them come the 2016 Daytona 500, when the front grandstand will have been completely rebuilt, modernized with more room, elevators, escalators, 53 suites, new and more bathrooms and concession stands, thus making this track built in 1959 essentially brand new. Probably. Probably. Formula Libre ran there. NASCAR was founded by Bill France Sr. at Daytona Beach, Florida in 1947.

The race will be broadcast live nationally by NBC. “We are not transferring this downstream to our fans,” he said. The year's racing begins with the 24 Hours of Daytona race in the Grand American Sports Car series. Each year in mid-February one of the most exciting sporting events takes place: the Daytona 500.

But he is also realistic enough to know that in America in general, central Florida in particular, the entertainment landscape is far different than it was in 1959. Daytona International Speedway. The following is a list of motor racing venues, ordered by capacity; i.e. Granted, those seats sit pretty much empty for every event except the Daytona 500 -- except, of course, for the “Battle on the Beach” race in February, where late model and modified stock cars competed on a little oval track carved out of the back straight, so that event will have to be moved or eliminated. Marshall Teague became track's first fatality, in a practice crash in 1959.

*Built in 1959, Daytona Speedway is the fifth-oldest track in the Monster Energy Cup series behind Watkins Glen, Richmond, Darlington and Martinsville Speedways.

*Built in 1959, Daytona Speedway is the fifth-oldest track in the Monster Energy Cup series behind Watkins Glen, Richmond, Darlington and Martinsville Speedways. Use code NASCAR20 at checkout and save $20 off your purchase of $100 or more. *Daytona’s seating capacity is 101,500, which makes it the seventh highest-capacity racing venue on the NASCAR circuit. NASCAR has already hosted a limited number fans at several events this season including two August weekends at Daytona International Speedway, previously at Talladega Superspeedway and another this coming weekend at Darlington Raceway to jumpstart the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.

The Xfinity Series begins with the DRIVE4COPD 300, and then it is back to the Sprint Cup in "The Great American Race," the Daytona 500. The racing season begins at Daytona starting with the testing sessions. Daytona International Speedway is a superspeedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. One Daytona Boulevard. By using this website, you are agreeing to our revised, DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, 11 Social areas throughout the frontstretch dubbed “Neighborhoods” each the size of a football field, 101,500 brand new 20” – 21” frontstretch seats with backs and arm rests, 5 expanded and redesigned fan entrances called injectors, 3 new concourse levels for fans that will span the frontstretch, 40 escalators in the new venue (Tops the nation in number of outdoor venue escalators), 3x the current number of concession and merchandise points of sale, Venue length = nearly 1 mile (designers had to compensate for the curvature of the earth), Amount of steel used in DAYTONA Rising = 1% of annual U.S. Steel Output, Hundreds of club and loge seats (a new hospitality level will transition the hospitality experience from the old temporary chalet model to a permanent climate controlled high-end experience within the venue). The ground was broken on November 25, 1957.

2. What negative? The original premiere event in the series was held at the Daytona Beach Road Course.

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