NASCAR - DAYTONA 500 & PEPSI 400
Daytona Beach is home to not only the "World's Most Famous Beach" , but also Daytona International Speedway which hosts two NASCAR Nextel Cup Events annually including the DAYTONA 500 (Feb.) and the Pepsi 400 (July). This photo was taken in Victory Lane following Dale Earnhardt's victory in the July 2001 PEPSI 400 event. This was a bitter sweet victory for Junior, winning at the track where his father Dale Earnhardt, Sr. lost his life several months earlier.
Climb to the top of Ponce Inlet Lighthouse!
This historic lighthouse is located at the southernmost point of Daytona's 23-mile-long beach. The tower was completed in 1886. It stands 175 feet tall, the second tallest lighthouse in the USA.
Climbing to the top is a great exercise, especially during the summer! Once you get to the top, the view is gorgeous. And, oh, that breeze!!! :-)
Daytona - a beach and a racetrack
We stopped at Daytona Beach for a quick afternoon on our way from Pennsylvania to Tampa in summer 2009. We entered the town along the beach, then turned up International Speedway Boulevard to the Daytona International Speedway. After a tour of the track and museum, we jumped on I-4 west and were in Tampa in a little over two hours.
exciting time in Daytona Beach
Daytona is a very exciting place to be
just to let your hair down , party at one of there bars or have a beach party with lots of fun going people, I
just spent 5 days there with friends.
Would recommend it for the over 21 crowd.
Daytona racing can be very fun, I got lucky enough to peek inside a car driven by Elliot Sadler, ironically enough he is from my area in Virginia... here are some pics of it..
Sponsers, sponsers everywhere- a few facts about a Nascar racecar- some of these decals you see cost more than $50 thousand USD, depending on their placement and advertising involvement, though some are secured by donating parts and equipment, the main sponsers (in this case Hersheys- M&M's brand) cost millions with contractual agreements usually annually, or some per race. The primary sponser on the hood could net upwards of 18 million, the sponser on the back lid could go for 3 or 4 million. The cars themselves cost upwards of a quarter million to build, with enginneering and testing included in this price. The cost of tires is about 20 thousand per race, making this a very expensive sport to participate in.
The Nascar stock cars put out an excess of a whopping 750 Horsepower, with the commercial-designed passenger car influence killing the aerodynamics trim, making this a very hard car to drive with such excess horsepower, as they do not have the wings and design of a formula or Indy car to balance the vehicle. Many drivers from other leagues have tried and failed at the modern Nascar level. The cars run under like chassis for each venue and currently have unlimited Goodyear tire changed avaliable for each race.
Drivers rewards- rookies come in with base salary around $400,000, plus incentives for winning poles, races, or picking up points positions. The more successful they are, the more money they get...and when you win like today's rookies seem to do, raises are frequent and large.
But most drivers make much more than their team pay through a combination of sponsor appearance fees, sponsor incentive bonuses, straight endorsement fees, and merchandise sales.
According to Forbes, Jeff Gordon made $19.3 million in 2004. But according to NASCAR, he won only $8.3 on the track. Actually, he probably took home about 40% of those winnings. The remaining $11 million came from salary, appearance fees, bonus incentives from his sponsors, and endorsement fees.
The famous Daytona landscape