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April 20, 2010
March 22, 2006
From journal Year-End Getaway to Sunshine State
Berlin, New Jersey
March 27, 2005
From journal Spring Break in Weston, FL
February 25, 2004
If you're attending a race I'd recommend the following:
Get there EARLY!!! Avoid the majority of traffic and hassle by getting there very early. There's plenty to do and see once you get there so you won't be sorry you did. There are some places to eat across the street from the speedway, so the best thing to do is get there early then walk over and have breakfast. After that, you can check out everything going on outside of the track (souvenirs, demos, etc.) and then get through security and find your seats with plenty of time to spare (and in time to see all the opening ceremonies).
Go to the Busche series race (i.e. minor leagues), as well as the Nextel (formerly Winston) Cup Series race (i.e. major leagues). The Nextel races are more hyped up, however, we actually enjoyed the Busche race more. There's not as many people and not so much hype, which made it much easier to just focus on the race.
Go to the website and read all the information about the track. You can find out parking info, get maps, find out what is allowed into the park, etc. Be sure to take some time and do this.
Don't go without sunscreen, a hat, shoes, and clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty, layered clothing (can be cool and/or hot throughout the day), poncho (don't bring an umbrella, as we had ours taken away by security), camera, earplugs, and binoculars.
Don't bring: umbrella or backpack (see website for details on what you can bring in -- it must be a clear plastic bag).
One of the best things you can do is rent the scanners so you can hear the drivers talking to their pit crews. Someone gave us this advice and it was the best advice we received. Not only can you listen to the pit crews, you can also hear the race broadcasting much more clearly and the headphones protect your ears from the loud noise.
We got the pit passes; however, it really isn't necessary to enjoy the race and if we did it over again, we wouldn't get them.
The best seats are in the middle of the stadium. If you're too low down you can't see the whole track and if you're too high up you feel too far away from the action. If you're too far to either side you can't see the pit crew. You want to be right about in the middle in one of the three center sections on the Frontstrech (Campbell, Robers, or Weatherly).
From journal Daytona 500 week in Orlando
July 29, 2003
From journal A Week in the Sun
Seabrook, New Hampshire
March 1, 2003
From journal Cape Canaveral Launch Pad to Central Florida