It’s Race Season

One thing I love about spring semester is all of the excitement it brings. A major part of the excitement is all of the racing events that occur in Daytona Beach. Before I came to ERAU, I was never interested in racing or NASCAR, however, once you live next door to the most famous track in NASCAR, you learn to love it.

Standing in the infield

Standing in the infield

In January, Daytona International Speedway hosts the Rolex 24 race. This race goes on for 24 hours, and is full of cool cars. This year there were Ford GTs, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Ferraris, BMWs, Audis, and many more. All of these cars race at the same time, which makes the race interesting. Each car is different, but they are all very loud.

Canadian-painted Porsche

Canadian-painted Porsche

I went to the Rolex 24 this year, and I got an infield pass. The infield pass allowed me to walk around the infield and look at cars, look at the garages, and be up close to the track. They had old Rolex 24 cars from many years ago, which were interesting to look at because cars have changed so much over the years. They also have a fireworks show, so I came back Saturday night to watch the fireworks erupt over the track.

Lamborghini

Lamborghini

New Ford GT

New Ford GT

Now that the Rolex is over, it is time to prep for the Daytona 500. This past week, drivers and merchandise trucks have been arriving each day. Along with the drivers come their jets. The airport is packed with private jets, which are fascinating for any ERAU student to look at. Speedweeks just started, meaning there is constant action over at the Speedway. This week, the traffic should start to pick up, making it hard to navigate anywhere in Daytona Beach.

The excitement that the Daytona 500 brings is contagious. Personally, I think it would be fun to get next Friday off from school, since there is so much going on over at the track, but I don’t think that would go over well. Many people dread the flood of people who come to Daytona Beach for the week, but I think it is refreshing. It’s fun to see a different crowd of people in the city for a bit. The Goodyear blimp has been flying overhead for a few days now, and one of the USAF Thunderbirds arrived last week. Once the rest of the Thunderbirds arrive, it will be very loud, since they all have to practice for their flyover.

I am counting down the days until the 500, since it is one of my favorite events to attend. This year will be even better now that the Speedway has been remodeled. I get to sit on the front-stretch this year, which will be a new experience. Florida Georgia Line is also performing before the race, and I am ecstatic, since they are one of my favorites. Needless to say, this coming weekend should be a great one. Let’s hope that Kasey Kahne can pull out a win at the Daytona 500…

Until next time,

Lindsey

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