Daytona 500 is one among the most esteemed of NASCAR races. The 500-mile-long motor race is an annual event hosted at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach in Florida. The first ever Daytona 500 race was hosted in the year 1959 and till date 55 championships have
taken place under the famous banner. The last Daytona 500 race was organized in the early quarter of 2013. The Daytona 500 is also dubbed as season-opening motor race all other NASCAR races are scheduled following the Daytona 500.
It’s to stress here that Daytona 500 carries the largest purse in comparison to all NASCAR races which has earned it the stature of most prestigious and significant race on NASCAR calendar. Since the year 1995, the American TV ratings for Daytina 500 showed up to be the grandest for
any kind of car races that took place the similar year- it even surpassed Indianapolis 500, the conventional leader. Cut back to 11 years since 1995, Daytona 500 2006 pulled in 6 biggest average live international Television audience with around twenty million viewers, witnessed at any of the sporting championships that year.
Daytona 500 is also termed as “Great US Race”. All the 55 Daytona 500 races till date have been scheduled in February. In 2013, the Daytona 500 was organized on 24 th February (Sunday). Earlier, from 1971 to 2011, the NASCAR season-opener used to be held in association with the weekend commemorating Presidents Day.
Daytona 500 winners are regarded with “Harley J Earl Trophy” & the winning steam is displayed for a year at the Daytona 500 museum.
Jimmie Johnson (Hendrick Motorsports) is the current defending champion of Daytona 500 owing to his great win at the 2013 edition of the prestigious race. Dale Earnhardt Junior followed Johnson to the second position & Mike Martin checked in at the 3 rd position. The Daytona 500 2013 also witnessed the victory at the pole position by a female racer. Danica Patrick was the
first ever celebrated winner to win pole for this esteemed race- she finished in the 8 th place in the racing event.