DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Take a minute to imagine the massive 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, along with all its amenities — in LEGO form.
Even though it might seem impossible to create, LEGOLAND Florida recently unveiled their updated model of ‘The World Center of Racing’, which includes the completed Daytona Rising project.
The results are incredible.
Right now, the Lego-crafted masterpiece holds 282,384 Lego bricks and weighs more than 1,400 pounds. While it does not stretch the full 2.5-miles, like the actual track, the Lego-fied version is 31 feet in length.
According to the LEGOLAND Florida Twitter account, it took 250 hours to design the project and over 2,100 hours to fully build the track. In a separate post, the resort also said that over a dozen ‘Master Model Builders’ assisted in the creation.
On Monday afternoon, Casey Mears — driver of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Germain Racing — assisted with the unveiling. During the reveal, he also raced 10-year-old Layla Popoff in a LEGO car.
However, despite Mears’ top-level stock car experience, he was actually defeated in the end. Click here to watch the video of the race.
“She just totally wrecked me,” Mears joked after the race. “I just wanna thank everyone for coming out to this event though. Layla is an awesome girl.”
LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre theme park located in Winter Haven, Fla. — about 45 minutes from Daytona — which offers over 50 rides, shows, restaurants, a botanical garden and the LEGOLAND Water Park.
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