The Daytona International Speedway came onto the scene on February 22, 1959. It was built by Nascar founder William France, Sr. He came up with the idea in 1953 and turned his vision into reality in 1959.
The track has been renovated twice since then. Lights were installed around the track. It is now the second largest single-lit outdoor sports facility. 50 years later the Daytona International Speedway is still going strong. The first Daytona 500 totaled sweepstakes prize was $67,700. Now the Daytona 500 is the biggest award you can get in any motor sport race in the world. Award hand-outs have surpassed 18 million dollars which pays out more than the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. The Daytona International Speedway has become by far the most famous race car track. The Daytona 500 is also known as the Greatest American Race.
When you win at the Daytona International Speedway you not only win money but with money comes the fame and prestige. If you win you are whisked off on a media tour hitting all the major metropolitan cities, not to mention television appearances. As you can see racing has grown extremely popular and largely followed over the years. 3 time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon admits there is no better place to win than Daytona. “If you had to pick a race to win this is the one.”
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