Daytona 500 is finally here and there is unprecedented enthusiasm among the speed-buffs across the US and beyond. While people are trying to find out details about the race at Daytona International Speedway, we have got everything here to make the occasion all the more memorable for you.
This is the race that is the highest on priority list of every person who has even slightest interest in racing. And now when it is the day when race is taking place, the excitement is on its highest.
While there are many reasons for its importance, we must mention here that the Daytona 500 is the first of two Cup races held every year at Daytona, the second being the Coke Zero 400. It is one of the four restrictor plate races on the Cup schedule. The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959 coinciding with the opening of the speedway and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series.
Many people love to call Daytona 500 as “Great American Race” and the start of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
START TIME: The broadcast begins at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. The occasion may become all the more important for Hollywood lovers as Actor Owen Wilson, will instruct drivers to start their engines at 2:18 p.m.. the man who will wave the flag before the race is none other than NFL giant LaDainian Tomlinson. It will be done at 2:30 p.m.
This is rather very long race. The Daytona 500 is 200 laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway for a total of — you guessed it — 500 miles.
PRE-RACE: Seven-time Grammy Award winning group Lady Antebellum will perform a concert on pit road at 1:20 p.m. ET. Three-time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon will drive the pace car.
TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: Fox will broadcast the race on TV and has a pre-race show beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius/XM Radio will call the race on the radio.
LIVE STREAMING: Fox is offering a live stream through its Fox Sports Go app.