Entries tagged with “Daytona 500”.


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 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