Ransom E. Olds built the Oldsmobile Pirate that he brought to Ormond Beach in 1903.
The car, driven by one of Olds´ company engineers, Horace T. Thomas, was one of the first cars to set a record on Daytona´s beach, setting a land speed record for a car of its size.
In developing the Pirate, Olds´ emphasis was on creating a lightweight machine with its skeleton frame and torpedo-like fuel tanks.
As technology has evolved, so have the aerodynamics of the modern-day race car that can be seen racing in Daytona Beach.
Traveling a long way from establishing land speed records, automobile racing has taken a different turn. Now, due west of the sands where racing began, sleek-bodied stock cars race on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway.
Men like 2002 Daytona 500 champion Ward Burton, in the No. 22 Dodge, bump and weave to be the first to the finish line of NASCAR´s most prestigious event.