The 2016 Daytona 500 is to be held on Feb. 21, 2016, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The 2015 Daytona 500, which was won by Team Penske's Joey Logano, was held on Feb. 22, 2015.
In addition to the race itself, which is the season-opening event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the Daytona 500 generally features other events as well. In 2015, Kid Rock performed as part of the Budweiser Pre-Race Show, while the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds performed a flyover prior to the race. The Daytona 500 is part of the larger Speedweeks event at Daytona, which begins with the Rolex 24. The 2016 Rolex 24, which is the 58th annual edition, is set to be held on Jan. 30 and 31, 2016.
The 2016 Daytona 500 is set to be the first edition of the annual race to be held at the redeveloped Daytona International Speedway motorsports stadium, which features more than 100,000 seats. As of September 2015, the full list of events for the 2016 Daytona 500 has not been released.
Known as The Great American Race, the Daytona 500 is considered the richest, largest and most prestigious race of the NASCAR season.