DAYTONA 500 - FLORIDA - Thursday 14 to Monday 18 February 2019
DAYTONA 500 - FLORIDA - Thursday 14 to Monday 18 February 2019
The most prestigious race in the NASCAR series… hosted by Tiff Needell
We’ll be avoiding Daytona’s multi chain hi-rise hotels and returning to the undiscovered gem of New Smyrna Beach just twenty minutes south of the Speedway. A relaxed location with an attractive marina and a lively ‘downtown’ area with numerous restaurants, bars, shops and popular sandy beach. A fabulous few days to enjoy all the fun of what Florida has to offer – and not just the motor racing!
From the moment you arrive we will discreetly manage and personally oversee every detail of your programme. If you wish to extend your stay or join us as part of a longer period in the US then just ask, we’d be happy to assist. Whether you arrive into Orlando or Daytona airport our chauffeured transfer will be waiting for you. Our waterfront traditional style accommodation, provides a real feel of old Florida backed up with warm, welcoming hospitality from owners Betsy and Matt. New Smyrna Beach is just a short drive from the circuit. Your weekend will be hosted throughout by Tiff Needell. Tiff is a well informed and enthusiastic supporter of Daytona and has raced and filmed on this circuit during his motorsport and TV career.
DAY 1 | THURSDAY
Arriving by air into Orlando or Daytona, we will personally meet you on arrival and transfer you swiftly and safely to New Smyrna Beach. With some time to relax and settle in before we head ‘downtown, early evening, for welcome drinks and an informal dinner close to the beach.
DAY 2 | FRIDAY
After breakfast you’ll have the opportunity to explore the town and beach area at your leisure. We’ll meet up early afternoon and transfer by chauffeured vehicle to Daytona’s famous Motorsport Speedway. At the circuit we will soak up the atmosphere of the infield where loyal and enthusiastic NASCAR fans create a unique ‘village’ before heading into the exclusive Fanzone to watch the teams prepare for the first big race of the weekend - the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
100 laps and run under floodlights, this is normally one of the wildest races of the weekend where up and coming youngsters try to make a name for themselves, often providing some spectacular spills and thrills.
DAY 3 | SATURDAY
Today is all about flexibility. Maybe enjoy a day at leisure on your own with time to relax in and around New Smyrna Beach or sign up for one of our specially created experiences.
1. Tiff’s Tour
After a leisurely breakfast we head back to the speedway for a visit to The Motorsports Hall of Fame Museum. Next stop its downtown Daytona and a drive down the famous beach where Sir Malcolm Campbell set numerous World Land Speed records. Moving further south we arrive at the original home of Daytona for lunch at “North Turn- Beach Grill” the exact location where racing began in 1927 before it moved to the Speedway in 1959. Then its back to the hotel to refresh before heading out to the quarter mile New Smyrna Raceway for some grass roots American racing complete with cold beers and hotdogs all round!
2. Back to the Speedway
If you wish to spend the day at the circuit we can provide you with a car and driver for the day and reserved grandstand seats to enjoy the NASCAR XFINITY Series 300 –the second tire of NASCAR Racing.
3. Capt Doug's Sea Fishing Charter
A day’s deep sea fishing with Capt Doug who has been working the waters around Daytona and New Smyrna since he could hold a fishing rod. “I have been fishing with ol' Doug Hicks for the past five seasons. I have told every living person I know about his fishing charters – Quite simply the best in Daytona!"
4. Kennedy Space Centre
Fancy a day away from cars, track and racing? Then maybe a visit to the famous Kennedy Space Centre (formerly Cape Canaveral) where you can visit NASA's launch complex, the astronaut hall of fame, or even see a rocket launch! All just an hour from the hotel and includes a car and driver for the day.
DAY 4 | SUNDAY
GENTLEMEN…START YOUR ENGINES!
Today its raceday and after breakfast we head to the Speedway.
There will be plenty of time to explore the extensive merchandising area before heading back into the exclusive Fanzone where the atmosphere is building with live stage entertainment and the chance to get close to the cars before getting in position for the driver introductions.
From here it’s a short walk across the hallowed banked track with escalators taking you directly to your reserved premium grandstand seats in the popular ‘Pit In’ with spectacular views of the entire circuit. There’s huge video screens, an excellent PA system and of course your personal headset Fanvision TV/Radios to ensure that you keep in touch with your favourite driver’s pit communication throughout the race.
After the spectacle of the big race and podium celebrations we’ll head back to New Smyrna for late dinner and a chance to review the day.
DAY 5 | MONDAY
Our inclusive programme ends today but we would be more than happy to arrange extra days accommodation should you wish to extend your stay. We should mention that of the 59 Daytona 500’s run so far just one was postponed to the Monday because of rain! Whenever you choose to return our chauffeured transfers will have you back at you airport in good time for your flight home.
Your experience will include:
4 night stay in our charming privately owned, bed and breakfast waterfront accommodation.
Chauffeured transfers to and from Orlando or Daytona airport and throughout the weekend as detailed.
Thursday evening welcome drinks and informal dinner.
Friday – Reserved seats for the NASCAR World Truck Series evening race.
Friday – Access to exclusive Fanzone.
Sunday Daytona 500 Series reserved stadium seating in the Pit In section.
Sunday - Access to exclusive Fanzone.
Sunday Fanvision TV/Radio Monitors (1:2).
Post Race Dinner with Drinks in downtown New Smyrna.
Celebrity host Tiff Needell.
Motor Passion concierge hosting on-site throughout the weekend.
Price: £2,885 per person*
Saturday optional extras:
Tiff's Tour with an evening at New Smyrna Raceway - £185 per person (tbc).
NASCAR XFINITY Series 300 including circuit transfers - £245 per person (tbc).
Capt Doug's Sea Fishing Charter - £135 per person (tbc).
Kennedy Space Centre including transfers - £175 per person (tbc).