Race Day Essentials

To fully enjoy the sights, sounds and atmosphere as NASCAR action returns to The World Center of Racing to start the 2017 season, make sure you consider bringing several of the items listed below.

Racing Headphones & Portable Radio

When some of the finest engines in all of motorsports come speeding past you at nearly 200 mph, things can get noisy. Bring along a pair of headphones or ear plugs so you can enjoy the race at a comfortable volume, while tuning into the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven By General Tire on WNDB 1150 in Daytona Beach and every other Speedweeks 2017 race on MRN. Hearing the action described as the race unfolds before you is a truly terrific way to experience a race.



You’ll be able to sit in the prestige of the world’s only motorsports stadium to watch the weekend of racing action. While the new stadium brings you closer to the action than ever before and provides tremendous sightlines, a pair of binoculars will come in handy if you want to focus on a specific group of drivers or a certain part of the 2.5-mile tri-oval. For night races, you’ll be able to use the binoculars to keep tabs on drivers coming into pit lane via their one-of-a-kind lighted pit signs.

Comfortable Shoes

For drivers and race teams, Speedweeks means two weeks of hard work and little sleep. For you, it means plenty of time to explore Daytona International Speedway and take part in all of the fun activities that make Speedweeks one of the most celebrated events on the motorsports calendar. As a fan, you’re really not experiencing DAYTONA if you don’t take advantage of all of the entertainment, including the programming inside UNOH Fanzone, the Midway and the World’s Only Motorsports Stadium.

With so much to do and so much to see, a comfortable pair of shoes will be your best friend for this event because, if you plan it right, you’ll be moving seamlessly between fun activities.

We highly recommend downloading the DAYTONA International Speedway mobile app, which will help direct you throughout the property with step-by-step navigation.

While you’re breaking in those shoes, you might as well win great prizes instantly. Be sure to stop by one of our seven DAYTONA Rewards Stations located on the first level each injector inside the stadium, in the Midway and inside UNOH Fanzone for a chance to win prizes include winning a hot lap, celebrating with the newest DAYTONA champion in Gatorade Victory Lane and access to the driver’s meeting!

Once you’re go-to shoes are laced up or packed, be sure to check the event schedule and our things to do to see to start planning out your weekend.

Prepare for the Weather

Weather generally doesn’t get much better than February in Florida; however, since you’ll be here all day during events, the weather will probably fluctuate a bit. Expect temperatures to move anywhere between the low-50’s and the high-70’s. Recommendations are to bring clothing that can be easily removed or added in order to keep you comfortable during any time of day. Even in February, this is still the Sunshine State so sitting out and watching racing all day will definitely attract some rays; while you want a nice tan, make sure you keep your skin protected by bringing along sunscreen, hats and sunglasses.



Make yourself at home by bringing coolers from home, full of your favorite food and drinks. Be sure to check out the gate policies to find out what you can and cannot bring.

Sharpie and Memorabilia

As a die-hard racing fan, you’ll want to take advantage of several autograph sessions held in UNOH Fanzone throughout Speedweeks. This year, Speedweeks autograph sessions include the ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menard’s All Access & Autograph Session on February 17 from 12:30 pm to 2 pm, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Autograph Sesesion on February 24 from 3 pm to 3:45 pm and an autograph session with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds on February 26 from 10 am to 10:45 am!

Be sure to bring your favorite items to get signed, along with a fresh Sharpie.

In addition, your Sharpie could come in handy for signing the start/finish line during the pre-race ceremonies. To make sure you have access to all of the incredible experiences, upgrade your race ticket by purchasing UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access. They are still available online or at 1-800-PITSHOP, and will be available on event days at the UNOH Fanzone ticket office.


Do you any question on anything else you should bring? If so, let us know in the comment box below. In addition, be sure to review the list of prohibited items.

Join us for the race that means more than any other – at the place that's unlike anything else. Guarantee your seats for the 2017 DAYTONA 500 before they sell out. For tickets and more information, visit DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.

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