This year, our neighbor Nate Cosper went to the auction with Tommy and bid on an All-Inclusive Daytona 500 Speedweek Package. He was hoping to bring his entire family down for a memorable Winter Vacation. As time got close, Nate and the family were unable to attend and asked if Ellen and I would be interested in going instead. Oh My God, that took us about 2 seconds to say YES!
So off to Daytona we go on Wednesday to visit the track and get our official NASCAR Hot Pass Credentials. It is our first up close look at the New Daytona Stadium and it is very impressive. The package is sponsored by Rob Fuller Motorsports and we meet up with Nealie Stufflet who handles PR for the team.
We pack our stuff and drive up again Thursday, check into our Hotel right on the beach at Daytona and head over to the track for the day. Thursday features practice sessions and a great opportunity to visit the vendor booths and merchandise stores. The big races Thursday are the CanAm Duels which determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500. Two races full of excitement and mayhem.
We skipped the track on Friday and enjoyed a beach day on Daytona. It was little cool and breezy but not bad for February and a great way to relax going into the weekend. We did watch the Truck Race from our hotel balcony.
Saturday was bright and shiny as we head to the track to catch the Xfinity cars in their afternoon feature. Nealie was able to hook us up with special reserved infield parking for Saturday and Sunday and it is AWESOME. Parking is $40 in the lots along Speedway Blvd. We spent the day hanging out in the pit and garage areas and watched the race from the Sprint FanZone.
Sunday is THE BIG DAY. The Daytona 500 is the premier race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Season and Rob Fuller has hooked us up with seats with a great view of turns one and two and a perfect view of pit road exit. It’s a great place to watch the race in person. The new stadium is HUGE and the seats are comfortable. We did have to bounce up and down a lot as the beer drinkers next to us constantly ran to the bathroom.
I need to thank Nate for thinking of us for these tickets, it was a great experience. I also need to thank Rob Fuller and Nealie Stufflet of Rob Fuller Motorsports for putting this great package together each year. And special recognition needs to go to the 15-40 Connection Organization for the great work that they do for Cancer Awareness. Check them out at 15-40.org.