August 2nd

The Need for Speed

posted by KTaylorChevy , August 2 at 3:41pm  

Admittedly, I’m not a NASCAR fan … which is probably pretty hard to believe since I was born in N.C. (NASCAR Country a.k.a. North Carolina), but I was pretty damn excited when I found out one of our missions* included a trip to the Daytona International Speedway’s Daytona 500 Experience. It just seemed like an opportunity to explore another part of Central Florida and experience something I’d never normally do.

So, Saturday morning we jumped in the Camaro, filled the gas tank (I keep forgetting this baby has a 19-gallon tank) and headed east to Daytona.

The Daytona 500 Experience is considered “The Official Attraction of NASCAR” and once you’ve been, you’ll understand. There’s plenty to see from the “NASCAR 3-D” IMAX movie to all the cool race-related memorabilia displayed throughout.

3-D Ready! Think those glasses are big enough?!

Lucky for us our tickets were VIP Hot Pass tickets which meant that we’d spend the next two hours touring the track aboard an air conditioned motor coach. ¬†Our tour guides for the day, Ron & Terry, knew everything there is to know about the Speedway, including fun facts like this is the first time the track is being completely re-paved with the asphalt removed entirely or that the track isn’t oval-shaped it’s really a tri-oval.

Close enough to touch, but I don't think you're supposed to. Oops.

We also got to explore many parts of the Speedway most people probably never get to see like Victory Lane, the 500 Club, the Driver Meeting Room and views from President’s Row.

View from President's Row! This is how the other half lives.

The only thing that could’ve made the day better is if they’d let me take the Camaro for a spin around the track! I’m going to pretend the re-paving was the only thing standing in the way of burning some rubber! Maybe next time!

For more photos of the experience, check out our full photo stream on Flickr.

*Tickets were provided as part of the Girlfriend Getaway Florida program.

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