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Your Ultimate Guide to Coke Zero 400

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Your Ultimate Guide to Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway - July4th

Independence Day weekend is coming up and very few events can rival the celebration that takes place in the annual Coke Zero 400 Race. The 400-mile, 160-lap race has witnessed some of the closest races in history. More than a race it’s a tradition dating back to 1959 and ever since then has hosted some of the best Independence Day celebrations in Florida and probably the entire Southeast US.

Slated for July 5, the 56th annual Coke Zero 2014 promises to be a great racing event that will go down in history. Enthralling and exciting, but what makes Daytona Coke Zero 400 a great way to celebrate your Independence Day Weekend?

A Treat for Racing Diehards
You should try your best to get your hand on a Sprint FANZONE/pre-race pass if you’re a racing or NASCAR enthusiast. It will give you an up close access during the drivers’ introduction and pre-race ceremonies. It will also give you access to the Sprint Fan Deck where you can check out the garages within close distance.

Get Your Tickets
Visit the Official Daytona Intl Speedway website for race tickets: Here

This Year’s Racer to Watch Out For
On July 5, all eyes will be on Dale Earnhardt Jr. After winning the coveted Daytona 500 trophy, Dale is back and is raring to take the Coke Zero 400 top prize for a Daytona sweep.

Patriotic Ceremonies
Another great thing about the Coke Zero 400 is the patriotic pre-race ceremonies to honor the Independence Day Celebration. Recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor have special appearances and other events honoring our heroes and patriots. Great way to celebrate the true essence of Independence Day while having fun.

Concert and Fireworks Display
Aside from the adrenaline-pumping race events, Coke Zero 400 is also a great musical celebration. Artists including Grammy-award winning Sheryl Crow and rock band Train are just examples of musical legends that have graced the Coke Zero 400 concert stage.

That’s before the race. Now, once the checkered flag has been waived, spectators are treated to the longest fireworks display in the Southeast US. Now, that’s what you call a strong finish.

Coke Zero 2014 Schedule
Here’s the current Coke Zero 400 2014 schedule from the administrators of Daytona International Speedway:

Thursday, July 3rd

1 pm Sprint FANZONE opens
1 pm Guided Garage Tour sign-up begins in Sprint FANZONE
1 pm – 8 pm Inspection activity inside Sprint FANZONE
1:30 pm – 3 pm Guided Garage Tours for fans 18 years and older in Sprint FANZONE
2 pm Grandstand gates open
2:30 pm – 3:50 pm NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
4 pm – 5:20 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
5:30 pm – 6:25 pm NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice
6:35 pm – 8 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice
9 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage closes
9:30 pm NASCAR Nationwide Series garage closes

Friday, July 4th
10 am Start of race
1 pm Sprint FANZONE opens
1 pm Guided Garage Tour sign-up begins in Sprint FANZONE (limited number of spots available)
1 pm – 7:30 pm Inspection activity inside Sprint FANZONE
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm Guided Garage Tours for fans 18 years and older in Sprint FANZONE (limited number of tours available)
2 pm Grandstand gates open
3:10 pm NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying
5 pm – 5:45 pm Driver Appearance: NASCAR Nationwide Series driver autograph session inside the Sprint FANZONE
5:10 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying
7 pm NASCAR Nationwide Series driver introductions
7:30 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final garage closes
7:30 pm Subway Firecracker 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race (100 laps, 250 miles)

Saturday, July 5th
10 am Start of race
1 pm Grandstand gates and Sprint FANZONE open
TBD Driver Appearance: DAYTONA 500 Champion & No. 88 National Guard driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the Sprint FANZONE Main Stage
1:30 pm Guided Garage Tour sign-up begins in Sprint FANZONE for all ages (limited number of spots available)
3 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage opens
3 pm – 6 pm Guided Garage Tours in Sprint FANZONE for all ages (limited number of tours available)
3 pm – 7:30 pm Inspection activity inside Sprint FANZONE
7 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions
7:30 pm 56th Annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (160 laps, 400 miles)

This is still a tentative schedule. Stand by for announcements from the Daytona International Speedway for any chances in this timeline.

Where to Park?
Daytona races are well-attended events and Coke Zero 400 2014 is no exception. If you don’t know where to look, finding parking can be a huge pain in the butt.

To help you, here are the parking spaces that you should check out:

Free Parking
Free parking is provided by Daytona International Speedway at Lot 7 and Lot 10. Lot 7, which is located on the corner of Clyde Morris Boulevard and Bill France Boulevard provides ideal parking for Frontstretch ticket holders. On the other hand, Lot 10 is recommended for Backstretch ticket holders. Free shuttle service to and from these parking areas are provided by Daytona International Speedway.

Bus Parking
Frontstretch bus parking can be found just east of Williamson Boulevard in the Turn 1 Plaza while backstretch bus parking can be found at the back of the Backstretch grandstands. You can access the backstretch bus parking by entering through Gate 70 off Midway Boulevard and proceed to Lot 6.

RV Parking
The number of RV owners has risen over the past few years and many race fans are RV owners, tailgating or camping in their vehicle days before the race. If you’re traveling with your RV, below are the NASCAR-suggested RV parking spaces where you can camp/tailgate:

International RV Park & Campground
3175 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32124
(386) 239-0249
www.internationalrvdaytona.com

Daytona Speedway KOA
3003 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32124
(386) 257-6137
www.daytonaspeedwaykoa.com

Town and Country RV Park
270 Coral Sea Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(877) 787-2246
www.racetrackrvpark.com

Finishline RV Park
217 Fentress Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 238-8221
www.finishlinerv.com

Premium Parking
If you’re willing to spend on great parking, there are several paid parking spaces that you can avail of for a reasonable price. Notable paid parking spots are those offered by the Daytona Beach International Airport and Quality Inn Daytona Speedway.

Where to Stay?
If you’re looking for a place to stay that is near the excitement of the Coke Zero 400, Quality Inn Daytona International Speedway is a great option (excuse us for the shameless plugging). Kidding aside, Quality Inn Daytona International Speedway is just a stone’s throw away from the fun and excitement of this exciting Independence Day racing tradition.

We offer pillow top mattress, high quality toiletries, free high speed Wi-Fi internet connection and other room amenities to ensure your comfort. We also offer free 35-item hot breakfast buffet and a 24-hour coffee/tea/hot chocolate bar. We also offer free parking so you won’t have to worry where to park anymore.

That’s basically everything you need to know about the upcoming Coke Zero 400 event. There’s nothing left to say but – “See you at the race!”

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