There are few sporting events quite a big as the Daytona 500. Stepping onto the grounds at Daytona International Motor Speedway on raceday is an experience that is coveted by NASCAR fans all over the world. While the race for the checkered flag is without a doubt the main event, there is plenty more to the Daytona 500 experience that fans should not miss out on. Here are a few of the highlight events at the 2015 Daytona 500.
If you are attending the 2015 Daytona 500 you have to do one of the guided garage tours. The tours are open to fans of all ages and offer NASCAR fans an unprecedented ability to get close to the cars as they are being prepared for race day. There are a limited number of spots available for the garage tours every year, and the first tours are scheduled to begin at 7:30 am on the day of the race. The guided garage tours begin in the Sprint FANZONE.
Thunderbirds Autograph Session
Another event in the Sprint FANZONE is an autograph session with the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds. The world famous and ultra talented show pilots are always a pleasure to meet and being that close to some of the top pilots in the world is an opportunity that should not be passed up. The autograph session runs from 9:00 – 9:40 AM.
Watching the drivers be introduced at Daytona Motor Speedway is an unbelievable experience. The crowd erupts for the big stars as they walk down the ramp in front of thousands of fans. 2015 will be the last Daytona 500 for NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon, and seeing the iconic driver introduced before the race will likely be one of the most chilling moments in the history of the sport.
Starting at 12:20 on race day (February 22nd, 2015) at the 2015 Daytona 500, rock sensation Kid Rock will take to the stage for the Daytona 500 Pre-Race Show. The award-winning artists will set up stage in Pit Row at the World Center of Racing and get everyone fired up and ready to go for raceday.
One of the best ways to experience the Daytona 500 is from the infield. Fans from all over the world bring RV’s and throw what ammounts to be one of the largest tailgating events in American Sports. There are dozens of personal barbecues set up, with fans sharing food, stories, and fun. Heading down to the infield before the race is a great way to make new friends and is one of the top experiences at the Daytona 500.