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6 Facts You May Not Know About The Daytona 500

Posted by Alyson Wuamett on Feb 21, 2013 10:36:00 AM

1272816365daytona 500 logoThe Daytona 500 is the largest race of any NASCAR season, but the 2013 version of this Great American Race held on February 24th will be crucial to the future success of many of the sport’s top drivers. Regarded as the most prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, the Daytona 500 occupies the attention of nearly 200,000 screaming fans. The race has the highest U.S. television rating for any auto race of the year, exceeding the traditional leader, the Indianapolis 500.  

Magellan Jets has representatives ready to coordinate your flight to and from the Daytona 500 this weekend.  We can arrange your luxury jet and have you in the air to your destination with as little as 10 hours’ notice. It does not get much easier for race lovers to enjoy the kick-off point of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series than that!

A few facts you may not know about the Daytona International Speedway:

  • The main track is 2.5 miles long and only 40 feet wide
  • Richard Petty has had the most victories at Daytona International Speedway
  • Jeff Gordon set the record for the youngest winner in 1997, at 25 years old
  • 10 NASCAR drivers, including Dale Earnhardt, died in crashes at Daytona International Speedway
  • The race includes a grand total of 400 left hand turns and 200 left hand bends.
  • The first two Daytona 500 races were not 500 miles. The race didn't become 500 miles until 1961. 

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