While Florida's Daytona Beach is well known as "The Birthplace of Speed" and NASCAR central, there are a few other places in Florida for race fans to get their "need for speed" fix, including Disney World. If you're a car or race fan or are traveling with one keep these attractions in mind the next time you visit Florida.
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Daytona International Speedway
The "Birthplace of Speed" has fittingly become the "World Center of Racing," and a driving force in the world of motorsports. Home of many popular NASCAR events, thousands of fans flock to the oval course for popular speed weeks that feature the world-class stock car, motorcycle, sports car and go-kart racing.
Climb inside a 600 HP NASCAR for a drive or thrilling ride-along at the Richard Petty Driving Experience located at Daytona International Speedway and two other Florida locations.
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Downtown St. Petersburg's streets are turned into a 1.8-miles, 14-turn temporary course along the bay front. The event features races from both the IndyCar Series and the American Le Mans Series. The Istreet course, with high fences, tight turns and roaring race cars is a family-friendly affair with fun activities for all ages — like racing simulators, face painting and rock climbing — taking place off the raceway.
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Cruisin' Cafe - Daytona Beach
This restaurant gets rave reviews from nearly all who try it! Conveniently located across the street from the Daytona Beach Pier, every table in the Cruisin' Cafe is dedicated to a Daytona 500 winner — from the 1959 winner, Lee Petty to 2010's winner, Jamie McMurray. Ask to be seated at your favorite driver's table for a memorable lunch or dinner.
While there are healthy choices on the menu, the Cruisin' Cafe serves up some of the tastiest burgers in Florida. If you're up for a belly-busting meal, take the Cruisin Cup Challenge by ordering and eating a Cruisin Cup Burger, featuring two pounds of all-beef patties, American, Swiss, Provolone and Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and a pound of delicious French fries. If you can eat it all, you get your picture and name on three Websites, a t-shirt and your name will be added to the Cup Burger trophy!Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Recognized as the second oldest continuously operating antique car museum in the nation, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum features one-of-a-kind classics in rotating exhibits. Explore the history of the "car" and see an amazing collection of celebrity-owned classics and muscle cars, as well as rare vintage automobiles.
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