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With the Daytona 500 just around the corner, I wanted to share a few photos from last summer’s Coke Zero 400, at Daytona International Speedway. For anyone that has never been to one of the major races at Daytona, I highly recommend you get to one. The level of entertainment is unmatched. From the pre-race music and pageantry, to the track access, to the main event, it is an all day spectacular. For those that can’t wait for the race at the end of February, you can get your NASCAR fix at the Pre Season Fan Fest on January 12th & 13th. Enjoy the photos!!

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As we enter the new year, the countdown begins to some of Florida’s most exciting events. Of course there are many more throughout the state, but here are just a few of my recommendations for fun and exciting things to do in the first few months of 2011!!

  • Daytona 500 – February 20

February 20th is the date for the 53rd running of the “Great American Race”, but the action starts on January 20-22 with the Preseason Thunder Fan Fest, and continues right up to the big race with many other exciting races and events!! Daytona International Speedway is the venue!!

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  • Downtown Art & Living Expo, Orlando – February 19,20

If NASCAR is not your thing, check out the Art & Living Expo at beautiful Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando for great music, art and food!!IMG_2688

  • Bike Week, Daytona Beach – March 4-13

Daytona Beach and sites throughout Volusia County will be buzzing with the sights and sounds of the World Famous Rally!! Main St. in Daytona Beach and Daytona International Speedway are two of the major sites for all the great action!!IMG_9136 - Copy

  • Pelican Island Wildlife Festival, Sebastian – March 19

Indian River County is the location for the celebration of America’s very first National Wildlife Refuge. 2011 marks the 108th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s designation of Pelican Island as a federal bird reservation, which eventually became a National Wildlife Refuge!!

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  • MLB Spring Training, Throughout Florida – Mid February thru March

See major league stars up close as another great season gets under way with Grapefruit League action in cities and towns throughout Florida!! Catch Jeter, A-Rod, Albert Pujols, Joey Votto and many others as they prepare for the 2011 Major League season!!IMG_7421a

  • Easter Surf Fest, Cocoa Beach – April 22,23,24

The Cocoa Beach Pier and Shepard Park are the venues for some of the best surfing on the East Coast!! Come out catch some rays, eat some great food, and watch all the surfing action!!

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The UCF Knights claimed their 2nd Conference USA Championship in 4 years yesterday at Bright House Networks Stadium on a beautiful sunny afternoon in Orlando, Florida, as they defeated the SMU Mustangs 17-7. Led by freshman quarterback Jeff Godfrey, the Knights finished the regular season with a 10-3 record, and have accepted an invitation to play on December 31st in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.IMG_2223 - Copy IMG_2229 - Copy IMG_2230 - Copy IMG_2241 - Copy IMG_2250 - Copy IMG_2254 - Copy IMG_2260 - Copy IMG_2262 - Copy IMG_2265 - Copy IMG_2274 - Copy IMG_2281 - Copy IMG_2288 - Copy IMG_2296 - Copy IMG_2299 - Copy IMG_2321 - Copy IMG_2323 - Copy

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The new All Access Tour at the Daytona International Speedway is just the ticket for a Saturday afternoon, whether you’re a NASCAR fan or not. Race fans and sports fans alike will enjoy the tram ride along the road course and pit road, with stops at the Sprint Fan Zone, Victory Lane, the Driver/Owner meeting room, and the press box in the Sprint Tower. The “World Center of Racing” becomes more personal as you are guided on a narrated tour in and around some of the most restricted areas of the historical racetrack. With only the apron remaining in the track repaving project, now is the time to get a close up look at the brand new surface and start/finish line. The 2011 Daytona 500 is just around the corner, so get all the inside dirt before you get ready to cheer on your favorite driver!! And before its gone, make sure you get a picture of the actual winning car from the 2010 race, Jamie McMurray’s Chevy Impala!!IMG_3314 - Copy IMG_3320 - Copy IMG_4828 - Copy IMG_4852 - Copy IMG_4855 - Copy IMG_4862 - Copy IMG_4863 - Copy IMG_4868 - Copy IMG_4882 - Copy IMG_4888 - Copy IMG_4889 - Copy IMG_4908 - Copy IMG_4909 - Copy IMG_4913 - Copy IMG_4916 - Copy IMG_4919 - Copy

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With former players making their mark in the NFL, like Brandon Marshall, Kevin Smith, and Mike Sims-Walker, not to mention the former great Daunte Culpepper, UCF is quickly gaining national prominence for its football program. A recent showing in their first Top 25 poll, and a possible berth in the upcoming Conference USA title game have added excitement to an already rabid, tailgating fan base. UCF is providing Central Florida football fans an opportunity to watch a top notch Division 1 football team, at a reasonable price, in a beautiful new facility, right in their own backyard. The Knights will host the Conference title game if they sweep their last two regular season games, so keep your grills clean, and get ready to get out to Brighthouse Stadium, do some tailgating, and cheer on the Knights!!IMG_0381 - CopyIMG_0364 - Copy  IMG_0376 - CopyIMG_0365 - Copy (2)

 

Spring  Training in Florida is a tradition with many baseball fans across the country. Well known to even casual observers, each spring young and old players from several MLB teams come to Florida to get ready for the upcoming season. Not so well known though, is that when the big clubs leave for their summer homes to start their season, Florida baseball is just heating up. Of course we have the Marlins and Rays for a taste of the big league ball, but the Florida State League is a hidden gem of future MLB talent, with games taking place in cities like Viera, Jupiter, Tampa and Clearwater all summer long. Several Hall of Famers including Johnny Bench, Nolan Ryan and Cal Ripken Jr. played in the FSL early in their pro careers, and notable young stars like Ryan Braun, David Price and Cameron Maybin have all passed through the FSL in just the last few years. The FSL is a High Class A minor league, so many of the players never make it as far as the majors, but the level of play is high and the competition for autographs is low. At a fraction of the cost of an MLB game, the FSL is a low cost family friendly alternative, so check out a game today!!