Have you ever wondered why Pensacola is called the city of Five Flags?

Well look no further for today’s history lesson. Thousands of years before Don Tristán de Luna’s settlement attempt, the Pensacola Bay Area was inhabited by Native Americans. In fact, the city is named for the Panzacola Indian tribe that thrived here for centuries before European colonization. Established in 1559 by Don Tristan de Luna and Spanish settlers, Pensacola is America’s First Settlement.

Pensacola is proud of its rich heritage and significant place in America’s history. Often referred to as “The City of Five Flags”, Pensacola is known for having changed ownership several times. The Spanish, French, British, Confederate, and American flags have all flown over the beautiful city.

Spanish First Period – 1698-1719
French Period – 1719-1722
Second Spanish Period – 1723-1763
British Period – 1763-1781
Third Spanish Period 1781-1821
United States – 1821-1861
Confederate States – 1861-1865
United States – 1865-Present

The ASA STARS National Tour returns to action on Sunday afternoon, March 24 for the Sunshine State 200 at the legendary Five Flags Speedway in a race that is co-sanctioned with the Southern Super Series. The event will be a “Spring Break Stock Car Double Header,” as the ASA STARS National Tour will be joined by the ARCA Menards Series East on Saturday, March 23. It’s all part of a three-day weekend of racing that begins on Friday, March 22 with the season opener for three local classes. All tickets can be purchased online, at 5flagsspeedway.com or trackenterprises.com.