Wednesday, January 23, 2013

For a Different View of the Rolex 24: A Taste of the 24

After a successful pre season Thunder, Daytona roars its engines once again officially for the first time in 2013 for the 51st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Can you believe it?? The off season was seconds long!!

The Rolex is an racing enthusiast dream-More than 70 champions from all kinds of racing. More than 25 countries represented. And over 2,000 miles of high-speed action. Not to mention an occasional sighting from McDreamy...but we digress...

You can go and get the full experience in the infield or stalking, looking for Patrick Dempsey  but we suggest a night out at the Rolex visiting the best of Volusia County's restaurants at the Taste of the 24!

Out of all the events that are held this 24 Hour Weekend, by far The Taste of the 24 has become one of our favorites. This event gives you an opportunity to sample food and drink from 24 of our best restaurants while visiting the gorgeous backstretch corporate suites of the Daytona International Speedway. It is a great view to watch the race, see your friends and get a Taste of what Volusia County's restaurants have to offer. 

Racing enthusiasts from around the world and local residents alike will converge on Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 26, 2013 for the fourth-annual Taste of the 24. The event, which benefits The NASCAR Foundation and the Daytona State College Foundation, features a unique blend of food from 24 of the area’s finest restaurants, a cigar bar, live jazz and a chance to win a Rolex watch.

Taste of the 24 will take place in the Backstretch Grandstand Corporate Suites on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. 

“Taste of the 24 is a great opportunity to support local charities while enjoying outstanding food from 24 of our area’s finest restaurants during the Rolex 24 at Daytona,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “The suites high atop Daytona’s backstretch provide a superb view for fine dining as well as all the drama that unfolds during North America’s premier endurance sports car race.”

Tickets are $95 per person and include premier event parking, Taste of the 24 event admission, a weekend pass to the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Sprint FANZONE access and a chance to win a Rolex watch. Tickets for children 12 and under may be purchased at the door for $24. Seating will be limited.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call (386) 310-5742 or email the Foundation:

About Daytona International Speedway

Known as the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway has activity nearly every day of the year hosting stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and karts.  Daytona International Speedway has at least eight major race weekends a year with premier events such as the DAYTONA 500, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Independence Day holiday weekend, the Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car event, the Daytona Supercross By Honda and the Daytona 200 motorcycle classic. In addition, Daytona International Speedway showcases daily track tours and is home to the winning Daytona 500 car.

About The NASCAR Foundation

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR family and its commitment to serving communities. The NASCAR Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: NASCAR.COM/foundation

Follow The NASCAR Foundation on or on Twitter: @NASCAR_FDN.

About Daytona State College

For more than five decades, Daytona State College has provided a path for thousands of people from all walks of life to reach their dreams. Whether to earn their college degree, prepare for new careers or advance in their jobs, students choose from 100 programs, including bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates. Daytona State alumni are health-care workers, teachers, public safety officers, business owners and managers,  technologists and many other skilled professionals. The Daytona State College Foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance to students and funding for critical needs that are beyond the scope of the college’s budget. Visit us on the web,, on Facebook and Twitter, or call (386) 506-3000.

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