NASCAR Tailgating: Daytona International Speedway

daytona international speedway | TailgatingIt’s raceday at Daytona International Speedway, and this 500-mile-long (805 km) motor race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida and is the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series .If you are a NASCAR fan or just merely want to tailgate for a NASCAR event, you will need Stamina. NASCAR Fans show up at 7am for a race that will not start for another 12 hours.The Super Bowl of the racing world, the Daytona 500, has sparked fans to create temporary comforts of home while waiting to hear the roar of engines.Daytona 500 | in field campingMarveled by the elaborate tailgating set-ups of large canopies, stereos, big screen TVs, and even portable bathrooms, fans are evolving their tailgate parties with the most top notch gadgets and extreme camping gear.

Know Your Lot: Daytona International Speedway


  • There is RV camping available on the grounds including inside the track around Lake Lloyde. Tent camping is also available in and around the speedway. This is the best for tailgating as you really never go anywhere. You can see the race, eat some food, have a cocktail and then eventually go to bed, right there.
  • The Speedway’s fan-texting service now offers traffic information, parking-lot opening times, schedule changes and other updates. To sign up, fans can text the word “DISINFO” to 69050.
  • Permitted Items

    1. One soft-sided cooler, no larger than 14 x 14 x 14 inches (Coolers of this size typically have a removable plastic liner and are branded to hold 24-36 cans of coke or other beverages. The soft sided insulated cooler may contain ice.
    2. Fans are allowed to bring in one lightweight backpack (school backpack)
    3. Binoculars, scanners, headsets, cameras, not in a bag, worn separately over the neck or on the belt and seat cushions carried separately are also allowed.
    4. Seat cushion bags with compartments will be reviewed on an individual basis. All items brought through a grandstand gate will be inspected.

  • Restricted Items

    1. Firearms, Fireworks
    2. Hard-sided coolers, thermos and insulated cups of any size.
    3. Strollers, umbrellas, etc.
    4. Any bags, backpacks, or containers larger than the allowed size.
    5. items restricted by Local, State or Federal laws


You will find private parking across from the front stretch on the side streets off of International Speedway Blvd. You can’t really tailgate in some of these areas but it is convenient to leave from them. The map below shows the various Speedway parking areas available during major race events.

Daytona International Speedway Parking MapThe Speedway’s fan-texting service now offers traffic information, parking-lot opening times, schedule changes and other updates. To sign up, fans can text the word “DISINFO” to 69050.


    Free parking is available in Daytona International Speedway’s parking lots, providing free park and ride service to and from the Speedway before and after the race.
    1. Lot 7
      Recommended for Frontstretch ticket holders (Oldfield, DePalma, Weatherly, Campbell, Roberts, Segrave, Keech, Lockhart grandstands and Sprint, Petty and Earnhardt Towers) Located on the corner of Bill France Blvd. and Clyde Morris Blvd.
    2. Lot 10
      Recommended for Backstretch ticket holders (Allison, Lund and Turn 2 grandstands)
      Located on the Southeast corner of Williamson Blvd. and Bellevue Extension.
      Lot 10 is only open the day of the DAYTONA 500


    1. Frontstretch bus parking is located just east of Williamson Blvd.
      *Enter in the Turn 1 Plaza

    2. Backstretch bus parking is located behind the Backstretch grandstands.
      *Enter through Gate 70 off Midway Blvd (Lot 6).


    1. Additional parking locations located in close proximity to Daytona International Speedway are available for race fans attending Budweiser Speedweeks 2013.

    2. Daytona Beach International Airport offers parking for $50 including sales tax. No motor homes, campers, RV’s, trailers or vehicles over 20’ feet in length.


Daytona International Speedway Camping mapThe camping experience at Daytona International Speedway is like being transported into a community unto itself – it’s a series of neighborhoods populated by some of the world’s best race fans. Check out Daytona’s Geico Campgrounds to choose the best spot for your next racing vacation!


Daytona International Speedway's transportation systemDaytona International Speedway provides multiple tram routes to get around the 2.5-mile Superspeedway during major race events like NASCAR’s Daytona 500.



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