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Daytona Speedweeks presented by AdventHealth is a series of racing events that take place during January and February at Daytona International Speedway. The events lead up to and conclude with the Daytona 500.

Nearby tracks New Smyrna Speedway and Volusia County Speedway also run special events during the period. There is also a Monster Jam event held at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.


JanuaryEdit

Through 2014, Speedweeks informally kicked off in early January with off-season testing at Daytona. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Xfinity Series regularly conducted annual preseason tests on the 2.5 mi (4.0 km) oval, under the moniker "Preseason Thunder". For 2015, the January test sessions were cancelled as part of NASCAR's overall ban on private testing.[1]

Also in early January, the United SportsCar Championship conducts a test session on the Daytona road course, in preparations for the Rolex 24. It is nicknamed the "Roar Before the 24."[2]

24 Hours of DaytonaEdit

The first major event of Speedweeks is the Rolex 24. Currently it is held the final weekend of January, which is also the bye week for the Super Bowl and the weekend of the Pro Bowl. This weekend has been specifically chosen to avoid conflict with the Super Bowl. Events during the weekend include:

Daytona 500 weekEdit

Following the Rolex 24, there is no track activity for two weeks. This prevents a conflict with the Super Bowl. During this time, track officials clean the track, convert it back to the oval configuration, and make final preparations for the arrival of stock cars and the increased number of spectators.

The highlight of Speedweeks are the nine days leading up to and including the Daytona 500. It begins the weekend prior to the Daytona 500, and ends with the race itself. Currently, the Daytona 500 is scheduled for the Sunday of the weekend during the Presidents Day holiday.

ThursdayEdit

FridayEdit

  • ARCA practice and qualifying

SaturdayEdit

SundayEdit

ThursdayEdit

FridayEdit

SaturdayEdit

SundayEdit

HistoryEdit

 
2010 Speedweeks logo
 
Budweiser Speedweeks logo

In 2004, the Hershey Kisses 300 was stopped on Saturday for rain. The race couldn't continue on Sunday due to the 46th running of the Daytona 500. The race was completed on Monday, with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. winning both the Busch Series race and Cup race in the same weekend.

In 2005, a 5K run was added to the Speedweeks schedule, as part of the Rolex 24.

In 2007, the IndyCar Series hosted an open test on the road course configuration during the week after the Rolex 24. No race was scheduled, however.

In 2012, the Daytona 500 was postponed for the first time in race history.

In 2013, Budweiser became title sponsor of Speedweeks. [3]

Starting with the 2019 season, AdventHealth replaced Budweiser as the official sponsor of Speedweeks in a multi-year agreement.[4]

Former namesEdit

Former events during SpeedweeksEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NASCAR’s testing ban will include Daytona’s Preseason Thunder
  2. ^ Roar Before the Rolex 24 to move back a week in 2015
  3. ^ a b Newton, David (February 24, 2012). "Next year's Daytona 500 is Feb. 24". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
  4. ^ "Daytona announces official sponsor for Daytona Speedweeks". NASCAR. October 8, 2018. Retrieved October 8, 2018.