Before Daytona There Was Autodromo Sitges-Terramar

Speedweeks is coming up down in Daytona which kicks off racing season each year, but did you know there was a super speedway around many years before the current Daytona super speedway. Autódromo de Sitges-Terramar in Spain was built in 1922 with corner bankings of 60 degrees! Compare that to Daytona's 31 degrees of banking. Although the place never held many races after the first event on October 28, 1923, it still exists today in relatively good condition (see video below). Apparently organizers of that first race still owed the construction company and they seized all the money taken in at that first race leaving the promoters nothing left to pay the drivers. That last known races held there were in the 1950s.

Although racing at Daytona started on the beach back in the 1920s and 1930s, Daytona International Speedway wasn't built until 1959. Imagine how fast drivers would go today if the corner banking 60 degrees instead of 31!


This is what some laps around this track looks like now...or at least a few years ago when this video was shot. Smooth out some of the bumps and this place looks like it is ready for racing again!



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