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:
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.
Just before turn four we are passing the so called “
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.