Daytona Beach Road Course
was a race track
that was instrumental in the formation of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
, or NASCAR. It originally became famous as the location where fifteen world land speed records
Beach & road course
The course started on the pavement of highway A1A
(at 4511 South Atlantic Avenue, Ponce Inlet ). A restaurant named "Racing's North Turn" now stands at that location. It went south two miles (3 km) parallel to the ocean on A1A (S. Atlantic Ave) to the end of the road, where the drivers accessed the beach at the south turn at the Beach Street approach , returned two miles (3 km) north on the sandy beach surface, and returned to A1A at the north turn. The lap length in early events was , and it was lengthened to in the late 1940s. In the video game Nascar Thunder 2004
by EA Sports
, the course is shortened to about half its distance, but still shows how the course basic setup was like.
resident William France Sr.
was familiar with the history of Daytona. He moved to Daytona in 1935 to escape the Great Depression
. He set up a car repair shop in Daytona.Daytona Beach
officials asked local racer Sig Haugdahl
to organize and promote an automobile race along the course in 1936. Haugdahl is credited for designing the track. The city posted a $5,000 purse.The Unauthorized NASCAR Fan Guide......