The year was 1962, and the Daytona International Speedway was barely three years old. NASCAR and DIS president Mr. William France Sr. was oddly intrigued by diminutive sports racers and wished to have his newly built track brought into the limelight on the world stage.  As such, he requested that Daytona be the first round of that year’s World Sportscar Championship. Eventual winner Dan Gurney waits for the checkers to fall with a failed engine

The year was 1962, and the Daytona International Speedway was barely three years old. NASCAR and DIS president Mr. William France Sr. was oddly intrigued by diminutive sports racers and wished to have his newly built track brought into the limelight on the world stage. As such, he requested that Daytona be the first round of that year’s World Sportscar Championship. Eventual winner Dan Gurney waits for the checkers to fall with a failed engine

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TRACK FACTS: Stewart-Haas Racing, our drivers and Daytona International Speedway

TRACK FACTS: Stewart-Haas Racing, our drivers and Daytona International Speedway

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. , driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 24: Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, leads Dale Earnhardt Jr. , driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet, on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 24, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Chase Elliott Photos - Daytona International Speedway - Day 2 - Zimbio

Chase Elliott Photos - Daytona International Speedway - Day 2 - Zimbio

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JUNE 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on June 30, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JUNE 30: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on June 30, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Kevin Harvick Photos Photos - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick walks past a cardboard cutout of himself during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. - NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway

Kevin Harvick Photos Photos - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kevin Harvick walks past a cardboard cutout of himself during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. - NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway

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