If you really want to experience the full-blown fun of a NASCAR race there’s only one way to do it, by RV. RVing and NASCAR have gone hand-in-hand long before the days of restrictor plates and road races and still maintain a tight relationship to this day. The easiest way to have a good time RVing to a NASCAR event is to be prepared and what better track to RV to than arguably the granddaddy of them all, the Daytona International Speedway.
Let’s get you set up for RVing to Daytona with places to stay at the track, places to stay near the track, a little history of the track itself as well as some tips and tricks. You’ll be ready to “turn ‘em loose” on a Daytona RVing adventure.
About Daytona International Speedway
The track you know and love was not actually the first version of Daytona. The first NASCAR affiliated races took place on Daytona Beach and not on an actual track. Daytona International Speedway as we know it broke ground in 1957 and opened two years later in 1959. The track has undergone numerous changes over its years and has been used as a road course, dirt track and more. Today, Daytona is known for its 2.5-mile tri-oval configuration which hosts several NASCAR sanctioned events.
Places to Stay at Daytona International Speedway
There are several options available should you choose to RV to the actual track itself. There are too many options all to be listed but here are some examples of different site types.
GEICO Horseshoe Camping
- Infield RV camping
- 20’ x 40’ grass site with no utility hookups
GEICO Grounds Yellow Premium RV Camping
- Infield RV camping
- 20’ x 40’ grass site with electrical hookups
Gecko Shores at Lake Lloyd Premium
- Infield lakeside RV Camping
- 20’ x 55’ paved site with water and electrical hookups
These are just a few of the varied sites available for RV camping right at the track. There are additional items with these sites such as wristbands to events and car passes, depending on the site. Perfect if you want the true NASCAR infield camping experience but these sites are a bit costly. Reserve early if you want to get a site. For a full list of available site types at Daytona International Speedway please visit Daytona’s RV camping information page.
Places to Stay Near Daytona International Speedway
Infield RV camping is not for everyone. Many RVers would much rather grab a nearby site in order to get to the race. For those RVers, here are a couple of great nearby RV parks.
International RV Park and Campground: Daytona Beach, FL
International RV Park and Campground is about as close as you can get without being in the infield. Full utility hookup RV sites, some sites come with cable hookups and all sites have some degree of Wi-Fi access. You get the basic RV ground amenities such as laundry, restrooms, and showers in addition to a general store, club house, rec hall and exercise room, group picnic areas, heated pools and garbage pickup. International RV Park also provides bus service to the track during events so you can leave your RV behind.
Daytona/Speedway KOA: Daytona Beach, FL
The Daytona/Speedway KOA is near all of the action. Like many KOAs there are a variety of site types but regardless of choice, you will get full utility hookups on top of cable TV access. You can trust that the bathrooms, showers, and laundry will be clean and there are some other amenities outside the basics such as a camp store, propane refills, and dog areas. Be sure to book early if you plan on coming down to this KOA for a race weekend.
Tips and Tricks for RVing to Daytona International Speedway
- Be prepared for any type of weather. Daytona Beach can undergo drastic weather changes so be prepared for rain and even severe thunderstorms. It can get surprisingly cool as well even in Florida, bring a light jacket at the least.
- If you’re attending the race make sure any coolers or other items such as purses meet track regulations.
- Wear plenty of sunscreen, even if it seems cool out, the UV rays are still there.
- If you’re parking near the speedway, try the east side. Traffic coming out of the east side of the track is typically less congested.
For a full list of NASCAR related events at Daytona International Speedway, please visits NASCAR’s event page.
If you’re a true diehard NASCAR fan then RVing to the race is the only way to experience it. With Daytona being arguably the most popular track in all of NASCAR, it is definitely worth a visit in your RV. Keep those engines rumbling.