Each year, thousands upon thousands of racing fans flock to Daytona Beach to take in some high-octane excitement at the most iconic racetrack in motorsports — Daytona International Speedway. And, as experienced race-goers know, packing for an auto-racing event requires a bit of insider know-how, as the list of spectator must-haves for this sport differs a bit from that of other American sporting events. 

So, whether you’re headed to the World Center of Racing for the big event — February’s DAYTONA 500 — or to one of the many other exciting racing events on tap at the Speedway throughout the year, consider bringing the following five must-have items along to make your day more comfortable and enjoyable:

  • Earplugs: While the roar of the engines and the squealing of tires definitely add to the race-day atmosphere and excitement, things are bound to get loud when dozens of race cars are zooming past at speeds exceeding 200 mph. And the high noise levels are sustained throughout the day, as many races involve hundreds of laps from start to finish. Bring a set of earplugs along so that you can avoid any ear irritation and keep the decibel level you’re exposed to in check.
  • Binoculars: While its state-of-the art design ensures that every seat offers a great viewpoint for catching the action, the sheer size of Daytona International Speedway will make you glad you brought your binoculars along on race day. Use them to keep a close watch on your favorite drivers, or to observe every detail during a pit stop or a Gatorade Victor Lane celebration.
  • Portable radio: This one’s a sure sign that an attendee has garnered some seasoned race-goer knowledge. With a portable radio in your pocket and earbuds or earphones to listen along, you’ll be able to follow all the goings-on throughout the day in real time, heightening the attendee experience. Expert local’s tip: For the official Motor Racing Network broadcast, tune into Daytona Beach’s WNDB at 1150 on the AM dial.
  • Elemental essentials: With a long day out in Mother Nature on tap during your race day, you’ll want to be prepared for the elements by packing items like sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, a rain jacket and layers of clothing to put on and take off as needed.
  • Food and drinks: Regular attendees of other major American sporting events may be surprised to learn that outside food and drinks are welcomed at Daytona International Speedway. Fans are allowed to bring in soft-sided bags and coolers that are no larger than 14” x 14” x 14”, and they can be filled with the attendee’s favorite beverages, snacks and even meals.

An interior view of the Daytona 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway

Another useful tip: In addition to the soft-sided bags and coolers mentioned above, each race-goer can bring in one (solid or clear) lightweight backpack, cinch sack or duffle bag, as long as it is under 17 inches in length.

Of course, there’s also a list of items that you can’t bring along to the track, and these include usual suspects such as weapons, fireworks and illegal substances, as well as some attendee-safety-related items like umbrellas, glass, potential projectiles and seat cushions containing metal components. To see the full list of what is and isn’t allowed at the track, visit the Daytona International Speedway website.

Are you revved up and ready to take in some high-speed thrills in Daytona Beach and at Daytona International Speedway?

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