At the very first Daytona 500 on May 27, 1948, only seven drivers took part in the Daytona race. All the cars that lined up in the grid were made up of cars from Europe and England. The event was to be a trial run for the European cars to prove their speed before the season's championship was decided at the Grand Prix at Le Mans. Each of the teams had their own special design that had been tailored for each driver in order to make sure they could race against the best and last longer.
They were all designed to be lightweight, aerodynamic and were known as Daytona in honour of the first time that a car had ever been driven round the Daytona racetrack. Today the cars are known as Dallara Indy cars, they were built by the legendary manufacturer and designers the Dallara company. Every year the Daytona has been held as the title race of the NASCAR season but it has been changed back to its original name of the Daytona 500. It is often said that it is the best-rebuilt oval that can take part in the championship, meaning that the cars from the past hold great memories for the current drivers. Not only that but if you are lucky enough to be invited to attend the Daytona 500 then the races are always exciting as they test your driving skills against the fastest of modern times.
To be invited to participate in the big one-off race that is held in Daytona means you are in the best company in motorsports. You will also be joining a motoring forum where you can meet other drivers from around the world and be exposed to many different types of motorsports. You can choose to spend a weekend or even a week at the Daytona and have a real racing experience. If you are not into the type of motorsports you are used to then perhaps it would be a good idea to come to Daytona as a spectator and take in the sights and sounds as you enjoy the traditional and most exciting of all motorsports - Indy racing.