Part of the Rolex 24 experience is the Daytona 5K. You take off from the Start/Finish line, make your way through the infield (skipping turns 5 and 6) onto the first set of banked turns before the Daytona Superstretch (pass the bus stop chicane). NASCAR 3 and 4 follow and cross over the Start/Finish line. For grins, imagine you’re strapped into a car going about 200 mph.
It was obvious there had been two full days of practice on the track before we stepped foot on it. Not only were there skid marks, there were actual gouges out of the pavement where cars had apparently fallen off the banking. Thirty-one degrees of banking must hurt when you come crashing down. Daytona track engineers have also put some thought into how cars enter into the infield road course. I’ve never seen gators quite like these.
For those of you contemplating walking a track, as we’ve said before – do it! Not only is it fun, you’ll be amazed at what you’ll see… and therefore learn. More from Daytona soon!