The race track

The Daytona International Speedway: unbelievably sharp curves.

The Daytona International Speedway: 3.5 miles long – and much more than just a race track.

Daytona is one of the most historic and exciting racetracks in the world. This is predominantly due to its two steep bends which have an impressive 31-degree incline. They not only allow extremely high average speeds, they also make Daytona the season’s only racetrack where you can fight for position both next to and above your competitors.

Discover more about the individual corners and special features of the Daytona International Speedway:

Porsche - Section 1

Section 1

Porsche - Section 1

Section 1

The Daytona International Speedway does not have a classical main straight, since the course starts with a fast left turn.

Porsche - Section 2

Section 2

Porsche - Section 2

Section 2

The first section begins with a tightening left-hander. Almost all drivers clip the inside of the track before running out to the right to set up for turn one. However, the optimized lines all show that it is quicker to stay to the outside all the way until turn-in. Turn two can easily be taken flat-out.

Porsche - Section 3

Section 3

Porsche - Section 3

Section 3

Turn three is called the “International Horseshoe”. Here it's very important to avoid turning in too late from too far toward the left because the track is very wide on the exit. The driver turns the car in hugging the inside of the turn rather than clipping the apex.

Porsche - Section 4

Section 4

Porsche - Section 4

Section 4

Just before turn four we are passing the so called “Porscheplatz” on the left. Turn four is very fast with an exit wide to the right, in order to stay close to the inside through turn five, taking a bit of the double apex around the flat edge of the corner. Turn six is the last turn before we are heading into the oval. It is very important to concentrate on the exit, to carry as much speed into the oval as possible. Since the exit is quite bumpy this is not always an easy task.

Porsche - Section 5

Section 5

Porsche - Section 5

Section 5

Turn seven is the famous left hander of the Daytona oval with incredible 31 degrees of banking, which can be driven flat out.

Porsche - Section 6

Section 6

Porsche - Section 6

Section 6

Next up is the famous bus stop chicane, which is critical for quick laps. The key is to take apexes at turns 10 (first left kink), 11, and 13 (last turn of chicane), but running just slightly wide of the apex at turn 12. The drivers are trying to take turn 11 at the highest possible speed but still have to concentrate on a good exit to carry all that speed on the long straight.