DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 21, 2021) – Today, The NASCAR Foundation and Daytona International Speedway hosted the first ever License to Drive event. From 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, fans in more than 500 cars got a taste of life in the driver’s seat with a chance to take their personal vehicles for a two-lap spin on the world-renowned track.
Accustomed to vibrant stock car occupants, the Speedway welcomed a different set of wheels for today’s event. For $50 a vehicle, street legal cars of all colors, shapes, and sizes arrived to drive from across the state. More than 500 cars preregistered before the event and many others stopped by the track to sign up.
After completing a safety check and getting the go-ahead from DIS staff, fans were welcomed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and Florida native Hurley Haywood, who holds the record for most Rolex 24 at DAYTONA wins (5). Both drivers were behind the wheel of pace cars that led the vehicles onto the historic 2.5-mile track for a ride they would never forget.
“The excitement and energy that the fans radiated today was incredible” said Nichole Krieger, The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director. “An event like this, which engages fans while supporting children in need, highlights the terrific impact of the NASCAR community.”
A crowd of spirited fans gathered at Victory Circle in ONE DAYTONA to view a special ceremony that kicked of the day’s festivities. After the ceremony, The NASCAR Foundation VIPs brought the first group of cars onto the track. Participants then had the opportunity to cruise at 55 mph down the very same straightaways that NASCAR legends have traded paint for decades. While guests were able to go on the banking through the frontstretch trioval, they weren’t allowed on the banking in turns 1 & 2, and 3 & 4.
As fans toured the track, ONE DAYTONA was brimming with families enjoying free raffle items, prizes, and kid’s activities. An array of lunch specials was served from the restaurants that call ONE DAYTONA home. For $5-$7, fans could purchase featured dishes from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Tiano’s Cuccina Italiana, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, Blue Flame and Game Time.
The License to Drive event continued the impressive efforts that The NASCAR Foundation has pioneered since it was established in 2006. In its 15-year history, The NASCAR Foundation has raised nearly $40 million and helped over 1.4 million children in need. All proceeds from the today’s activities will benefit the Foundation’s initiatives, which aim at improving the health and wellness of children in both Daytona Beach and in race markets across the country.
The Speedway’s next NASCAR weekend, featuring the regular-season finale Coke Zero Sugar 400, is set for Aug. 27-28. The event will serve as the last-chance race to for a driver to make the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 28. The Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27. For ticket information, visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.