The Rolex 24 is Here!

The Rolex 24 at Daytona is an iconic endurance sports car race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is part of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series and is known for its prestigious status and challenging circuit.

Key points about the Rolex 24 at Daytona:

  1. Duration: The race lasts for 24 hours, making it one of the longest continuous sports car races in the world.
  2. Format: It features a diverse field of sports cars, including prototypes and GT (Grand Touring) cars. Teams consist of professional drivers from various motorsport disciplines.
  3. Track: The race takes place on the 3.56-mile combined road course and oval track at Daytona International Speedway.
  4. Rolex Trophies: Winners of the race receive coveted Rolex watches as trophies, adding to the prestige of the event.
  5. Daytona Prototype International (DPi): This class features top-tier prototype cars specifically designed for North American endurance racing.
  6. GT Classes: The GTLM (Grand Touring Le Mans) and GTD (Grand Touring Daytona) classes include high-performance production-based cars.
  7. Endurance Challenge: Drivers and teams face not only fierce competition but also the unique challenge of racing continuously for 24 hours, testing the durability and reliability of both machines and drivers.
  8. Fan Experience: The Rolex 24 is a significant fan attraction, offering a vibrant atmosphere with camping, infield activities, and opportunities to meet drivers.
  9. Tradition: The race has a rich history dating back to its inception in 1962. Over the years, it has become a prestigious event attracting top teams and drivers from around the world.

Whether you’re a motorsports enthusiast or a casual fan, the Rolex 24 at Daytona provides an exhilarating and memorable experience, blending high-speed action with the endurance test of a full day’s racing.


Celebrate the holidays in Daytona Beach

Craving an escape from winter weather? Head to Daytona Beach for a range of holiday events and holiday spectaculars. Whether you are in the mood for the dreamlike experience of Christmas lights, a celebration that takes a step back in time or a jolly holiday parade, plenty of fun Christmas activities await in Daytona Beach! Consider any one of these events to put you in the holiday spirit. Here are a few ways to celebrate Christmas in Daytona Beach.

Magic of Lights® Holiday Display

The iconic Daytona International Speedway transforms into a Holiday Heaven during the Magic of Lights® Holiday Display. Take the family and drive through the 1.5-mile display, which features over a million of the latest in LED bulbs and all-new digital animation technologies that have been specially created for the “World Center of Racing.” For more information on ticket pricing for cars, motorcycles, vans, limos, and buses, CLICK HERE. The event takes place daily through New Year’s Eve from 6 to 10 p.m. November 22-28, then from 7 to 10 p.m. November 28 through January 1. Ticket holders can drive through twice on Tuesdays (excluding Christmas Eve.)
• Where: Daytona International Speedway (at the intersection of International Speedway and Bill France Boulevards) 1801 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
• Admission: $25/car at the gate; $20 in advance.

DeBary Hall Historic Site Candlelight Tours

Take a step back in history with a DeBary Hall Historic Site Candlelight Tour. Originally a hunting retreat for a wealthy steamboat line owner, DeBary Hall offers interpretive exhibits that give a glimpse into the lifestyle of the late 1800s. During the holidays, the historic site is aglow with holiday adornments, Christmas decorations, and old treasures. Explore the lodge on a candlelight tour and hear the story of the Christmas Orange, followed by refreshments. This experience is recommended for visitors aged 12 and older; call (386) 668-3840 for reservations.
• Where: DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Boulevard, DeBary, FL 32713
• Admission: $10

Daytona Beach Boat Parade

Holiday cheer gets a nautical twist at the Daytona Beach Boat Parade, a favorite local tradition that’s back for another year on Saturday, December 7, at 6 p.m. Boats will be extravagantly decked out with twinkling lights and holiday décor to cruise the Halifax River, and you can experience the magic free of charge. Viewers post up watch along bridges, causeways and river shorelines, and it all culminates at Halifax Harbor Marina. What a unique way to celebrate Christmas in Daytona Beach!
• Where: Halifax Harbor Marina, 450 Basin Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114
• Admission: FREE

Christmas at Peabody Auditorium 

The Peabody Auditorium schedule features several holiday-themed shows. Mannheim Streamroller Christmas tour is set to feature classic Christmas songs from their holiday albums along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting during their concert on Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Witness the Volusia Civic Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” on Dec. 2-3, which in addition to the full-length production, will also offer a condensed narrated Family Series show. On Dec. 19, Celtic Woman A Christmas Symphony will provide the rare opportunity to hear Celtic Woman’s angelic harmonies with the thrilling live sound of a full symphony orchestra.

Venue: Peabody Auditorium
Address: 600 Auditorium Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

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