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The Road to NASCAR – Daytona

The Daytona 500 is one of the most important NASCAR races of the year. It’s an iconic race at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. While the true spectacle is the race, Daytona is also home to some of the best tailgating and camping that you can do at any racetrack in the country. 

This event is a must-see if you’re a NASCAR fan, and you’ll be in for an all-out party, unlike any other experience. Camping is the best way to get the most out of the Daytona 500 race weekend, and that means all sorts of fun, plenty of RVs, good food, lots of people, and more. 

If you’re new to tailgating at NASCAR races, check out our Tailgating Essentials. If you’re ready and pumped for Daytona, take a deep dive with us into what you can expect to see at Daytona. The video above will give you a look at what to expect, and we’ll elaborate on specific parts of Daytona below.

Enjoy the Pre-Race Experience

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As you probably know, the Daytona 500 is about the race, but there’s a huge party that happens around the race, and that party starts early. Days before the 500. At Daytona, this is the pre-race experience, and it’s something you shouldn’t miss.

Much of the pre-race experience is planned. While tailgaters will be out doing their thing, the track gets busy offering tours, unique experiences, letting the properly credentialed fans get up close and personal with the drivers and cars, and there’s some supplemental racing to the main event. 

All of these things help lead up to the culmination of the true racing spectacle, the Daytona 500. Racing this year included the Bluegreen Vacations Duel on the 13th, the Next Era Energy 250 on the 14th, NASCAR Racing Experience 300 on the 15th. The Daytona 500 is on Sunday the 15th. 

Take advantage of the pre-race experience. There’s so much to see and do at the racetrack and in the infield that you should be able to have a heck of a time, partake in race-oriented activities, take in some shows and live music and more. 

Get In the Fanzone

The Fanzone is the area in the infield and around Pit Road, that’s close to the stands and the starting line. The Fanzone is only accessible to race fans who purchase the proper credentials for the Fanzone Experience. 

If you’re one of the smart ones who came ready to partake in all that the Fanzone has to offer, you’ll get an exclusive look into the NASCAR Cup Series garages, access to autograph sessions and driver appearances, a close up look at driver introductions, and more. 

The Fanzone is also the best place to take in the Daytona 500 pre-race show. All of the major music artists that play ahead of racing will be seen on this stage. It’s a longstanding Daytona 500 tradition and one that you certainly shouldn’t overlook. 

Check Out the Midway

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The Midway is a major hub for fan-friendly activities. It’s a huge area that stretches across the various injectors that are at the racetrack. The Midway was updated in 2016 and it’s better now than it has ever been before. 

This area of the racetrack during the Daytona 500 weekend is full of things to do from shopping at the Trackside Superstore by Fanatics or buying some food at the food courts and concessions to shopping with the various vendors out in the Midway or escaping the sun thanks to the FPL Solar Pavilion. 

The Midway is a hub for all kinds of vendors for race fans. You can spend hours in the Midway talking with people, taking in presentations, and getting information about interesting new products. 

Know Where to Tailgate

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Tailgating at Daytona is a must for any true race fan. Heck, it’s something you should think about doing even if you’re not a true race fan. There are plenty of areas for camping, whether you want to tent camp or you want to be in an RV. 

There are multiple places at the track to camp. All of the camping options come with a fee, so you need to check ahead of time for that fee and also look at the stipulations and rules for that particular area.

With that said, here are all of the places to camp.

Red RV

Centrally located, this is a good option for anyone. If you want to be in the middle of the action, this is a good choice. Here are some details about this area:

  • Reserved 20 foot by 40 foot RV site (site sizes may vary) 
  • No hookups
  • Two adult infield wristbands 
  • One car pass for a tow vehicle or guests arriving separately from the RV (must fit on site)
  • Guests are permitted to drive/walk-in & out of the infield

Horseshoe RV

Located near Turn 1 inside the famous road course, this RV camping area is a little more affordable and offers good views of the cars. Here are some of the details about this area:

  • Reserved 20-foot by 40-foot grass RV site (site sizes may vary) 
  • No hookups
  • Two adult infield wristbands 
  • One car pass for a tow vehicle or guests arriving separately from the RV (must fit on site)
  • Guests are permitted to drive/walk-in & out of the infield

Orange Tent Camping

Interested in tent camping? This is one of the most affordable ways to see the race. While not as comfortable, it’s still a lot of fun. Here are some details about this area:

  • Reserved 20-foot by 35-foot grass site (site sizes may vary) 
  • Two adult infield wristbands
  • Guests are permitted to drive/walk-in & out of the infield

Park West RV

Park West doesn’t offer a good view of the race, but if you’re going to head into the Fanzone or Midway to take in the race, this can be a fantastic and affordable option. Here are the details of this area:

  • Reserved 20-foot by 45-foot campsite (site sizes may vary)
  • No hookups
  • One car pass for a tow vehicle or guests arriving separately from the RV (must fit on site)
  • Tow vehicle/extra car is able to drive in and out of GEICO Park West

Yellow RV

Located inside Turns 1 and 2 this is a premium spot to go camping at Daytona. You’ll have amazing views and be able to see the cars on the high banks of the track. Here are some details about this area:

  • Reserved 20-foot by 40-foot grass RV site (site sizes may vary) 
  • No hookups
  • Two adult infield wristbands
  • One car pass for a tow vehicle or guests arriving separately from the RV (must fit on site)
  • Guests are permitted to drive/walk-in and out of the infield

Green RV

The Green RV camping area is inside Turn 4. It also offers awesome views of the cars coming off the high-banked corners. Here’s a look at this camping area:

  • Reserved 20-foot by 40-foot grass RV site (site sizes may vary) 
  • No hookups
  • Two adult infield wristbands 
  • One car pass for a tow vehicle or guests arriving separately from the RV (must fit on site)
  • Guests are permitted to drive/walk-in and out of the infield

Lake Lloyd Premium RV

Located in the infield along Lake Lloyd, this camping area is as good as it gets. You have a great view of the racetrack and the lake. Here are some details of this camping area:

  • Reserved 20-foot by 55-foot RV site (approximately 20’x40’ paved surface)
  • Controlled access area
  • 50-amp electric and water hook-ups
  • Two adult infield wristbands
  • One car pass for a tow vehicle or guests arriving separately from the RV (must fit on site)
  • Guests are permitted to drive/walk-in and out of the infield

Check out the camping page on Daytona International Speedway for more information and pricing

Buy Tickets, Parking Passes, and Credentials Early

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The Daytona 500 is such a big event that you need to plan ahead and buy your tickets and passes early. Many things, most notably the camping areas, sell out. If you want to be sure to have the Daytona experience you’ve been craving, then you need to make sure you’re buying things ahead of time. 

Buying early will also allow you to get the best price possible. If you wait, you may still be able to get what you’re looking for, but you may pay more. With all that said, Daytona offers plenty of ways to enjoy the race weekend. Check out all of the ticket options and make sure you have camping and parking taken care of before you go. 

Don’t Forget to Check Out One Daytona

One Daytona is the Daytona Beach area’s epicenter for premier retail, dining, and entertainment. It includes two hotels, residential areas, plenty of parking and more. If you have a chance before or after the race, it’s highly recommended. 

This is also a good place to go if you get to Daytona International Speedway early and want to do some shopping, dining, or some other activity. You can check out more about One Daytona by clicking here.


Don’t forget to tune into the latest NASCAR races. You can watch NASCAR on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports App. Additionally, you can catch races on FS1/FOX Sports App. You can also catch the races by checking out NASCAR free internet radio.

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