Rolex 24 at Daytona: Best Places to Watch the Race

The Rolex 24 at Daytona is a big event, both in space and time. And, we’ll admit, it can be daunting for spectators that are used to assigned seats and instant replays. Don’t worry, though–we’ve got you covered.

Here are our favorite places to visit as spectators at the Rolex 24 at Daytona:

  • The tops of the garages double as spectator platforms, but the haulers can obstruct the view of the track a bit.
  • The International Horseshoe–also known as Turn 3–offers a great view: glowing brakes, dive-bomb passes and full-throttle acceleration as the cars race down to the Kink.
  • Despite its name, the Kink can usually be taken flat out. While you’re there, check out the Porsches at the PCA Corral.
  • The west hairpin–officially called Turn 5–is slow and tight.
  • Walk the garages, especially late at night, to spy crews feverishly working to get their cars back in the game. Watch your back for race cars and pit vehicles.
  • The crowd on the infield bleachers thins out once the race gets going.
  • The all-new Frontstretch grandstand offers a terrific view of the entire track plus lots of food options and those all-important bathrooms. Either walk there or take a tram.
  • Michelin’s crews will change a bunch of tires throughout the weekend. You can’t help, but you can watch.
  • Need a moment of Zen? Sit back and watch the cars hug the high banks.
  • There’s an official selfie spot in front of the facility, complete with parking, right off Daytona International Speedway Boulevard.

Don’t forget, our 2019 GRM Experience at the Rolex 24 at Daytona is your home away from home. Our big-top hospitality tent will be open all weekend long, and there’s no special ticket required for entry. We’ll have the live race feed streaming on our big flatscreen TVs, free Krispy Kreme coffee and doughnuts every morning, free tours and more.

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300zxfreak New Reader
1/29/19 4:32 p.m.

It turns out that the best place to watch this year’s 24 Hours was Phoenix.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
1/29/19 5:58 p.m.
300zxfreak said:

It turns out that the best place to watch this year’s 24 Hours was Phoenix.

Ha. Okay, that wins. 

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