Racing is a sport that has international interest. Japan, Canada, Australia and the United States are just some of the few countries that have embraced various racing leagues and made it their own. Nascar is a racing league that was directly created in the United States and owned by a family business, which was founded by Brian France Sr. He founded Nascar in 1947 and since then the racing league has become a phenomenon in the United States.
Nascar holds over 1500 races through the USA and Canada, there are 39 tracks available for the drivers to race on. There are also national races that take place every year in Nascar. People from all around Canada and the USA turn on their TV’s in order to view these national races.
The most popular national race that takes place each year is the Daytona 500. The best drivers in the league all come together in order to compete in a race that takes place over 500 Miles or 805 km’s depending on where you live. Companies such as Toyota, Dodge and STP have sponsored this event throughout the year. The Daytona 500 is said to be the equivalent of the Super bowl for Nascar, it brings in the most money through sponsors and advertisements.
The origins for the Daytona 500 has become a part of history. Originally there were shorter races held at Daytona Beach that consisted of 200 mile events. Eventually a 500 Mile stock car race was held at the Daytona International Speedway after the Southern 500 was created. Even though the Southern 500 hasn’t been a part of Nascar for decades, Daytona 500 owes everything to them. At the end of 1961 the Daytona 500 had become the most popular race held for Nascar on a yearly basis. Every year since 1961 there has been a Daytona 500 held at the Daytona International Speedway.
The Daytona 500 marked the first Nascar race to be televised live across the United States of America and Canada. The race aired on CBC from 1979 all the way to 2000. During 2001 to 2006 the race was televised through NBC and Fox. After 2006 Nascar signed a deal with Fox that would allow for them to televise the Daytona 500 all the way until 2024.
The Daytona 500 will continue to remain as the number one race held in the United States of America. It has brought us great drivers such as Jeff Gordon, Ward Burton, Jimmie Johnson and many more. All fans of the Daytona 500 can expect the race to continue for many decades to come.