It’s no secret to fans of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) who live in and around Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida that January can be inexpensive joy at the legendary racetrack. Testing sessions return in 2012 and with that comes question-and-answer and autograph sessions with NASCAR drivers called Preseason Thunder Fan Fest.
The same testing, question-and-answer and autograph sessions will be available with sports car drivers from all over the world during the Roar before the Rolex.
The reasonable ticket price to the infield Sprint FANZONE has yet to be set for NASCAR drivers, but in the past the fee has been well below the cost of attending a race. All fans will be able to observe testing from grandstands for free.
Tourists visiting Florida at the beginning of next year might take their knowledge to heart and check out the feasibility of a DIS stop. Any fan can have details sent to them by signing up on www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/thunder
Courtesy of Daytona International Speedway:
NASCAR Preseason Thunder, the annual three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test session at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the prestigious season-opening 54th annual Daytona 500, will be held on Jan. 12-14.
All NASCAR Preseason Thunder test sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., weather permitting. Each includes a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.
Race fans can also rev up their new year at the NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest – the companion event to the January test sessions. Along with watching NASCAR Preseason Thunder track activity from the Sprint FANZONE, fans can enjoy two Fan Fest driver sessions – from 5-9 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 12 and from 5-7 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 13.
“NASCAR Preseason Thunder is an important opportunity for teams to acquire vital on-track data as they prepare for the sport’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race of the year – the Daytona 500,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “It’s also exciting time for race fans who are anxious to see their favorite drivers and teams preparing for the new NASCAR season.”
More courtesy by Daytona International Speedway:
The Roar Before The Rolex 24, the critical three-day test session prior to the historic 50th anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, is scheduled for Jan. 6-8 at Daytona International Speedway.
Sports cars from the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will test the twists and turns of the “World Center of Racing’s” 3.56-mile road course for three days as they prepare for their respective season-opening events.
The Rolex 24 At Daytona, celebrating its golden anniversary in 2012, will kick off the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season on Jan. 28-29 and showcase the world’s best drivers competing against each other lap after lap for 24 hours.
Tickets for the Roar Before The Rolex 24 are $15 and are on sale now by visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com
Six major NASCAR tracks are within a day’s drive of Tampa. Great destinations justify journeys.
Here the NASCAR venue is considered local if tracks are within a 10 hour drive from Tampa—Daytona International Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, Talladega Superspeedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway.
FYI WIRZ is the select presentation of motorsports topics by Dwight Drum at Racetake.com. Information and quotes derived from motorsports industry press releases.