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Normally the tour is conducted from open air shuttle carts but since there are only 6 of us (huh, go figure?) the tour operator gets a van instead. Visibility is limited, but even so, there is no problem seeing the 31 degree banked turns, designed to permit higher speeds and give fans better viewing of the cars. There is serious angle to this track, which was built by excavating millions of tons of soil from the track's infield. Because of the high water table in the area, the 29 acre hole filled in, creating what is now called Lake Lloyd.
The Daytona Speedway can seat approximately 170,000 fans (200,000+ if one counts the 180 acre infield that is open for "camping").
There is a lot of history here, including the fist punches exchanged between Bobby Allison and Cale Yarborough in 1979, sending ratings through the roof and insuring additional press coverage and broadcast contracts for NASCAR.
Their own walk of fame. Who knew?