If there’s one sport that goes hand in hand with luxury motor coaches, it’s auto racing. NASCAR, in particular, is very well known for the impressive haulers each team member travels in throughout the 10 month racing season. The real fun, however, is in being a spectator at one of the most intense and action packed sporting events you could ever possibly witness. What other sport is played at upwards of 200mph? Anyone who tells you watching people it’s boring to watch people “drive in a circle for 3 hours” clearly hasn’t been to a NASCAR event. So basically, what we’re telling you is that you can plan a few trips this summer to check out some of the most family friendly, motor home friendly, and memorable experiences America has to offer. Sounds good to us. Here are the three races you must see this season above all others.
Coke Zero 400 – Daytona International Speedway (7/5)
What better way to spend July 4th weekend then at Daytona International? Watching a NASCAR race with a cold one in your hand is pretty much the most American thing you can do! While this isn’t the coveted Daytona 500, the Coke Zero 400 is the other major Sprint Cup event held at Daytona. The event schedule for this race is awesome…visitors can take guided garage tours, meet their favorite drivers for autographs and pictures, there is a fireworks display, and live music all weekend. Daytona International also offers a few different motor home camping options to visitors as well. While you’ll most likely be passing on the GEICO Caveman campground package (mainly tent camping and not exactly the most kid-friendly place on the grounds), we recommend opting for the GECKO Shores at Lake Lloyd package. Here, you’ll be parked on the center of the infield with waterfront views of Lake Lloyd and access to the Boardwalk Club where guests can enjoy catered events inside the club or sit at a tiki bar outside overlooking the lake and the race. Not too shabby! Click here for camping options and pricing.
Crown Royal John Wayne Walding 400 (aka the Crown Royal “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400) – Indianapolis Motor Speedway (7/27)
It would be impossible to complete this list without the most historic and well-known venue in NASCAR history. Indy Motor Speedway, otherwise referred to as The Brickyard, opened its doors in 1909 and has featured all of the legends of the sport…Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Al Unser, and more. No other track in the sport has nearly as much history. The Brickyard even features it’s own Hall of Fame museum where approximately 75 vehicles are always on display and is known as “one of the most visible museums in the world devoted to automobiles and auto racing” according to the Indy Motor Speedway website. In addition to the historical relevance and greatness this place offers its guests, IMS is also extremely family friendly (look into the IMS Kids Club package). We recommend parking the coach in Lot 4A Premium. Here you’ll find a much more calm environment, electrical hookups, and a dump station. Get more camping info for the Brickyard 400 here.
AdvoCare 500 – Atlanta Motor Speedway (8/31)
While it’s not quite Talladega, auto racing in Georgia is as nearly as big as it gets. The AdvoCare 500 is a great way to cap the end of summer as this track is one of the fastest in racing and drivers often hit speeds of over 200mph at certain points. Here, you’ll once again have the opportunity to get autographs and pictures with your favorite drivers, rent scanners (so you can actually listen to the communication between drivers and their crew chiefs), watch a labor day fireworks display, and check out the Fan Zone for BBQ eating contests, live music, trivia, and much more. We recommend purchasing trackside camping to park the rig and have an unobstructed view of the backstretch which includes 10 admission passes and pre-race pit access. Click here for more information on parking options.
If you haven’t ever been to a NASCAR race, this summer is the perfect opportunity to get rid of your yellow rookie sticker. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring earplugs (if you’re close enough), and have a blast!
Do you have questions about purchasing a new or pre-owned motorhome or just about the luxury motor home lifestyle in general? If so, please contact us so we can answer all of your questions and concerns!