DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The DAYTONA 500, NASCAR’s most prestigious race and the biggest stage in motorsports, is now in the history books and Michael McDowell’s winning car is going straight from Victory Lane to its year-long spot in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at Daytona International Speedway.
While the checkered flag has been waved for this year’s DAYTONA 500, visitors to Daytona Beach can ‘start their engines’ year-round by exploring and experiencing the area’s rich motorsports heritage along the area’s newest trail – the Motorsports Trail.
The Motorsports Trail takes visitors on a Daytona Beach area tour from scenic beachfronts to museums, guiding them through the history of racing.
Three must-see stops on the Motorsports Trail:
- The “World Center of Racing” – Daytona International Speedway. This storied superspeedway is open daily for tours and includes a visit to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America which celebrates all forms of motorsports, from stock cars and sports cars to motorcycles and powerboating and more. An iconic stop, the Dale Earnhardt statue, sits right outside the Tour & Ticket Building.
- The museums featured on the Trail are invaluable sources of auto racing history. The Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum and The Racing Zone permanent exhibit at the Halifax Historical Museum both pay tribute to the early days of auto racing and its pioneers.
- No motorsports history tour of the area would be complete without a visit to picturesque Ponce Inlet to the sites of the original North Turn and South Turn of the old beach road course. The legendary, NASCAR-sanctioned course was used for auto and motorcycle racing from 1948-1960.
Along the way, the Trail is peppered with restaurants and nighttime entertainment spots that are relevant to motorsports history, including the historic Ormond Garage, Main Street Station, Racing’s North Turn Beach Bar and Grill and the Streamline Hotel – recognized as the birthplace of NASCAR. More information about the Motorsports Trail is available at https://www.daytonabeach.com/things-to-do/trails/.
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