Where to Watch the Rolex 24 at Daytona

NASCAR founder William “Bill” France Sr. constructed the Daytona International Speedway in 1959. Initially, the track was built to take over the NASCAR racing that happened at the Daytona Beach Road Course. The high banked corners gave a much better view of the cars and allowed them to hit faster speeds making for more intense and interesting racing. Lights were added to the track in 1998 and it is now the third largest single lit outdoor racetrack in the world. The track has been renovated three times, with repaving being done in 1978 and 2010 and the infield being renovated in 2004.

If you are joining us this weekend for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, here are some ‘hot spots’ to watch the race from.

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Start/Finish Line is a great place to see the race from. Excellent to see the field dart across the start line and the checkered flag drop. The Rolex 24 at Daytona is known for being a highly competitive, hard-fought race so the finish line is always a good place to catch any photo finishes.

For spectators, another good location to watch the race from is atop the FANZONE FanDeck. Here, you will overlook all of the garages and get a peak behind the scenes of running a race team during a 24-hour race. The FanDeck also gives viewers a great view of frontstretch track action. A great place to stand for an insider birds-eye view of the garage action during the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The first hairpin turn at the 3.56-mile Daytona circuit is the next must-visit place when watching the race action unfold. International Horseshoe has been a famous factor of the circuit since it was first built. With a grandstand set on the infield, this is a great place to watch the wheel-to-wheel action around the first corner of the track.

Continuing round the track, Carousel Turn provided the next stop to watch the 24-hour race unfold. Once again, a grandstand is placed in the infield so a seat should be available for you to witness the racing from here. It proves as a wonderful spot to see the cars enter a tight hairpin before taking a sharp left-hander to get them back onto the high-banked racetrack.

Not a location on the racetrack, but the Ferris Wheel will provide a spectacular view as you ascend high into the sky. 150 feet in diameter based on the East Coast, this Ferris Wheel gives a 360-degree view of the entire racetrack. Not only this, but spectators will also be able to see the Atlantic Ocean from the high viewing spot.

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If you fancy paying for a pass to the heart of the action at Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Pit Road Patio may be the place for you to visit. This viewpoint is offered as a two-day admission package and allows spectators to overlook the pit lane and Daytona’s frontstreach. The package also includes garage access, food and beverages for Saturday only, giveaways and infield parking. This deal is extra to the Speed Chills race package and prices for access to Pit Road Patio are unknown.

Located in the centre of the track, spectators can find Lake Lloyd. If the weather is nice this is a wonderful place to sit back and relax as you watch the cars burst over the horizon. Grab some food from concessions and take a seat around the tranquil lake to take in a unique motorsport experience with the combination of the calm lake and the high-paced Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The Rolex 24 at Daytona has a lot of locations for fans to make sure that spectators can enjoy the race whilst also enjoying the experience of the racetrack and the 24-hour endurance event. Another good fan zone that deserves a visit is the Sprint FANZONE. This takes spectators to around 10/15 feet behind the pits. It puts you right on top of the action; feeling the roar of the engines as they dash back off towards the track, see the rubber kick up bounce off the track as the racers flash passed, and lose yourself in the energy of the teams going all out to push their cars to the max and complete the 24-hour marathon.

The Kink is part of the infield at Daytona International Speedway connecting the two horseshoe turns. The drivers race out of International Horseshoe and through a slight left kink before a second west horseshoe turn takes the cars further infield. It is a good spot to watch cars make bold passes, especially if the cars are in different classes and pushing through traffic. More infield grandstands are available at this location so it is a good place to stop for a seat and soak in the fast-paced racing.

For the best seats in the house, you have to head down to the Stadium Seating. The grand stadium is unmissable as you approach the circuit, in brilliant bright colours. The 40,000-seat grandstand has recently been updated, with wider and more comfortable chairs now occupying the vicinity. The whole grandstand is the most up-to-date area in the whole of Daytona International Speedway so you have to make sure you give it a visit over the 24-hours of racing.

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To keep up to date with everything happening at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, make sure to tune into Radio Le Mans (link: http://www.radiolemans.co). This is a live radio station that will give you minute-by-minute updates on all the track action. Radio should also be available to buy trackside, which will also stream this station. Speed Chills will also be live tweeting from our official twitter account: @SpeedChillsView and be posting race updates to www.speedchills.com every four hours. For a complete spotters guide of all entrants of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, follow this link: http://www.spotterguides.com/portfolio/17_imsa/