Florida Friday Vol. 1, Issue 6 | October 16th, 2015

Fire-up Your Engines for Florida's NEW and Favourite Motor Racing Hot Spots

Motor racing fans are all geared up for the opening of the new home of DAYTONA 500, NASCAR's most prestigious race, following the completion of a $400 million redesign of the old DAYTONA International Speedway.

Racing fans of all ages can get their engines revving at a host of experiences and raceways across Florida, where some of the most famous racing events take place. From the mild, Tomorrowland Speedway at Walt Disney World and LEGO City at LEGOLAND Florida. To the wild, new DAYTONA Rising and North America's oldest permanent road racing track at Sebring International Raceway. There is a track, race and pole position for every racing enthusiast and car fanatic when they visit Florida. With sure fire regulars and superb one off annual events, here are a few suggestions to set your clients off at the green light.

RACING FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Tomorrowland Speedway at Walt Disney World
Early learners can take the wheel of their very own gas-powered hot-rod as they buckle up and wind their way around the scenic miniature motorway. Designed to look like a famous Speedway, the racecourse includes iconic backdrops from the motoring world. Starting from the pit, once the chequered flag is waved, drivers can reach safe speeds of up to seven miles an hour around the 0.4 mile track as they aim for pole position in the Victory Circle.

LEGO City at LEGOLAND Florida
From driving their own LEGO car to steering their own LEGO boat or playing fireman at the Rescue Academy, LEGO City is the place where kids can take control. Ford Driving School offers the younger visitors aged between 6 -13 years, a "real-life" driving experience where they will learn the rules of the road and receive their very own LEGOLAND driving licence. Ford Junior Driving School is the pint-sized version for children aged 3-5 years, ensuring all age groups are catered for.

RACEWAY ACTION FOR ADULTS

DAYTONA Rising
On Sunday, February 21, 2016 at DAYTONA International Speedway "The Great American Race" returns for the 58th run of DAYTONA 500. Fans of the sport will be the first to experience the event in its glorious new 500-acre home. Throughout the season DAYTONA Rising boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe.

Richard Petty Driving Experience at Daytona International Speedway
Anyone who has ever dreamt of being a race car driver and winning the DAYTONA 500 can fulfil their dreams with a Richard Petty Driving Experience at Daytona International Speedway. Various experiences are available, whether it's sitting behind the wheel and driving yourself or being a ride-along passenger on board a 600HP NASCAR, views of the world famous Daytona Beach will whizz by as you navigate the 2.5 mile tri-oval with 31 degree banking.

Bubba Raceway Park, Ocala
Having opened in 1952, this 3.8 mile, d-shaped, semi-banked clay raceway is the oldest in Florida. It has had many guises over the last 63 years. It has changed its name many times, changed from clay to asphalt and back to clay again and now features new grandstands, lighting and pits.

Homestead-Miami Speedway
First opened in 1995, the 650-acre Homestead-Miami Speedway facility is active for over 280 days a year. It will be host to NASCAR's championship races during the Ford Championship Weekend November 20-22, 2015 for the 14th consecutive year.

Sebring International Raceway
Opened in 1950 this is the oldest permanent road racing track in North America, having evolved from Hendricks Field, a World War II airbase used to train B-17 combat crew. The raceway made a name for itself in 1952 with a 12 hour endurance race which is now second only to Le Mans. On the third Saturday of March every year, the 3.74 miles of concrete and asphalt challenge the best of the sports car racing world to one of the most enduring of tests.

Gainesville Raceway
This raceway opened in 1969 and has long been considered one of the finest tracks. It was here that drivers clocked the first top fuel runs, reaching speeds of up to 300 miles per hour. Gainesville Raceway has a separate purpose built road course for vehicle testing, driving schools and autocross.

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