Daytona International Speeway
Built in 1958 and holding its first race the following year, Daytona International Speedway is one of the most famous and important racetracks in the United States. The track was designed by William France Sr., the founder of NASCAR. Prior to the creation of this dedicated 2.5 mile tri-oval racetrack, the famous Daytona race occurred on part of the A1A highway and part of the beach.
Backstory and Context
In 2001 during the Daytona 500 in the final lap Dale Earnhardt was involved in a crash that took his life. The Grandstand was named the Earnhardt Grandstand.