The Great American Race just a few days away, WalletHub put together a pretty cool Daytona 500 By The Numbers report to celebrate. It includes a fun infographic with factoids about the race, particularly the financial side, and a Q&A with leading motorsports experts.
Below you can find a few highlights from the report:
- 14: Drivers have died at the Daytona International Speedway.
- 13.7M: The average number of television viewers for the past five Daytona 500 races.
- $1.6B: The economic impact of the 2015 Daytona 500.
- 7,100+: Solar panels were added to Daytona International Speedway, preventing 2,200 metric tons of carbon emissions each year.
For all its history, however, the race is unafraid to embrace the future. The 58th running of the Daytona 500 will be the first since the Daytona International Speedway’s $400 million renovation project, which includes 7,100 solar panels that will prevent roughly 2,200 metric tons in carbon emissions annually. It’s also one of only two NASCAR tracks, along with Talladega, that require restrictor plates to limit speeds in the hopes of preventing serious injuries to drivers and fans. Fourteen drivers have perished in Daytona 500 history, after all, yet many argue that restrictor plates actually increase the odds of a multi-car crash.