Nascar Racing: 54th Year of the Daytona 500

2012 marks the 54th year of the Daytona 500 at the International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.  The first year of the Daytona 500, 1959, posted awards for the “500-Mile International Sweepstakes” totaled $67,760 and the race was too close to call.

Gerber Collision and Glass location in Tampa, Florida is only a few hour drive to the Daytona International Speedway and as racers and spectators celebrate today, Gerber Collision and Glass wanted to share some interesting facts about the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway:

  • The speedway is 2.5-mile trioval runs 40 feet wide with 12- to 30-foot apron turns.
  • The Daytona 500 is 200 laps of racing.
  • The average Daytona 500 takes 3.5 hours to finish.
  • In the turns, the banking is 31 degrees.
  • Pit Road is 1,600 feet long, 50 feet wide.
  • Garage area includes seven garages with 82 stalls (spaces for 164 cars).
  • The track’s Road Course is 3.56 miles (incorporates trioval superspeedway and non-banked infield section). The infield course and chicane range from 30 to 50 feet wide.
  • Of the 480 total acres for the speedway facility, 180 make up the infield include 44-acre Lake Lloyd.
  • William France Sr founded NASCAR in 1948 and open The Daytona International Speedway in 1959.
  • NASCAR stands for: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.
  • Buddy Baker set a race record in 1980 with 177.602 mph in an Oldsmobile.

After the fatal car collisions and the death of Petty and Earnhardt, NASCAR began an intense focus on safety that lead to the use of head-and-neck restraints, oversee the installation of SAFER barriers, new inspection rules for seats and seat-belts, develop a roof-hatch escape system, and the development of a next-generation race car built with extra driver safety in mind: the Car of Tomorrow.


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