Daytona International Speedway is a racetrack in Daytona, Florida, which has hosted the Daytona 500 for over fifty years. The course also features a partial road course configuration which is used for the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. The oval/road course was also used for the first event of the original United States Road Racing Championship as well as the inaugural season of the revived series. Porsche garnered its first Trans Am Series victory there in 1967, the first in what would become a several year dominance of the under two liter class (as for unknown reasons the SCCA classified the 911 as a sedan and not a sports car). Also that year, Mario Andretti garnered his only NASCAR victory. AJ Foyt garnered his first NASCAR victory there in 1964. NASCAR champion David Pearson made his debut there in 1960. Champion Bobby Isaac garnered his first victory there in 1964. NASCAR champion Bobby Allison made his debut there in 1961. In 1971, BMW received its first IMSA GT Championship victory. Daytona would be the final venue to host an IMSA GT race when the series still featured TO and TU race categories. Champion Tony Stewart made his debut at the 1999 Daytona 500, coming over from the IndyCar Series.
Video Gaming Edit
For the most part Daytona has been restricted to NASCAR video games due to NASCAR's ownership of the course. Forza 6, however, features the circuit in both road course and oval versions, the first time in franchise history.