For most of its history, this city has been renowned for its hard-packed sand beaches that make it a prime location for motorsports. On March 8, 1936, the first stock car race was held on the Daytona Beach Road Course. The old Daytona Beach Road Course hosted races for over 50 years, and was replaced in 1959 by Daytona International Speedway. The city is also the headquarters for NASCAR. Though they host several racing events throughout the year, nearly a quarter million visitors descend on the city every year for the Daytona 500.