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Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer
Are you ready for some auto racing? If so, this is the first race of the season in Central Florida. There is no event like the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, which delivers an all-star driving lineup consisting of IMSA regulars plus drivers from other racing disciplines such as NASCAR, IndyCar, and Formula 1. This race is being held on January 23-26, 2020, at the Daytona International Speedway. You’re in for a race that you will never forget! You have 24 hours to experience the Rolex 24. Get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime. Rain or shine this race goes on.
It is about a 1-2 hour drive in heavy traffic drive from Downtown Orlando to Daytona International Speedway. Check your GPS for the best route there. Parking around the Speedway. It is advised to arrive early for the best parking spaces around. Parking lots around the speedway only accept cash. Expect to pay $40+ per vehicle for parking. The venue address is 1801 West International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114.
Buy your tickets now for this race. The 4-day wristband allows you to experience all four days of intense sports car action and enjoy up-close access to the cars, teams and drivers with garage access for only $115 – a savings of $70.* Plus, this early bird pricing gives you two more days to take in the sights and sounds of the Rolex 24 weekend, including the BMW Endurance Challenge on Friday, at only $5 more (compared to the 2-day admission and garage wristband). This unbelievably-priced package includes: Walk-in access to the infield & general admission frontstretch seating (Thursday-Sunday, January 23-26) and Daily garage and UNOH Fanzone access . *Kids 12 and under are FREE. For tickets please visit https://mpv.tickets.com/?agency=DISV_PL_MPV&orgId=53953&eventId=2869#/event
Here is some brief information about the Rolex 24 race. The 24 Hours of Daytona, currently known as the Rolex 24 At Daytona for sponsorship reasons, is a 24-hour sports car endurance race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is run on a 3.56-mile (5.73 km) combined road course, utilizing portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course. Since its inception, it has been held on the last weekend of January or first weekend of February as part of Speedweeks, and it is the first major automobile race of the year in the United States. It is also the first race of the season for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The race has had several names over the years. Since 1991, the Rolex Watch Company is the title sponsor of the race under a naming rights arrangement, replacing Sunbank (now SunTrust) which in turn replaced Pepsi in 1984. Winning drivers of all classes receive a steel Rolex Daytona watch.
In 2006, the race moved one week earlier into January to prevent a clash with the Super Bowl, which had in turn moved one week later into February a few years earlier.
The race has been known historically as a leg of the informal Triple Crown of endurance racing, although it suffers from an increasing isolation from international Sports Car racing regulations, which have been eased in recent years (Prototypes include P2 Prototypes and an IMSA-spec open engine class with aero kits, and the two Grand Touring classes are now divided between ACO GTE, and FIA/SRO Group GT3 classes). Information courtesy by Wikipedia.org
Race fans should prepare for a long race day. First, it will be hot day in the Florida sunshine. Sometime the weather is unpredictable. One should have a hat, sunglasses, comfortable clothing & walking shoes, sunscreen, a poncho, and plenty of cash. It is advise not to drink a lot of alcoholic beverages in the heat.
If you get hungry during the race, this event has you covered. There are many concession stands underneath the stands on the main concourses. They have everything from sandwiches, salads, burgers, hotdogs, peanuts, ice cream, and much more. Plus, there is a long list of beverages from soda to liquor. Food and drink prices will range from about $5 – $15 depending on what you order. Anyone buying alcohol less than 40 years old must show any government I.D. No underage drinking is allowed!
This is a must see race. If you can’t make it, it will be on TV. Check your local listings for broadcast times. For more information please visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/Events/2020/Rolex-24-At-DAYTONA/Rolex-24-At-Daytona.aspx
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