The History of the Daytona Chamber of Commerce

Hollywood Hits Daytona Beach

The 1990 film Days of Thunder, starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, was set and partially filmed in Daytona Beach. Days of Thunder follows Cruise’s character, Cole Trickle, as he tries to make it big in the world of NASCAR. After sustaining an injury in the Firecracker 400, Trickle spends his recovery time in Daytona Beach where he falls for Dr. Claire Lewicki (Kidman), a neurosurgeon at Halifax Hospital, and eventually wins the Daytona 500. Scenes from the movie capture the Daytona International Speedway, A1A, the sandy shores of Daytona Beach, and even the halls of Halifax Hospital.

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