All the drivers lined up before the start of the Dayona 500!
I went with my adopted "Mom" and her daughter. It sure looked like it was going to rain. "Mom" told me that last year the Daytona 500 was rained out for the first time ever in 54 years. The race had to be held the next day at night. So I am sure that Nascar hoped it wouldn't rain again this year and it did not! It was just cloudy. The sun kept trying to peek out, but with no success. They said that the cloudy conditions would make the cars go faster! Wonder if that was true? What do you think? I know that they sure were going fast driving (or should I say "flying") past us. They get up to close to 200 miles per hour! Too fast for me!!!
Here I am sneaking in the picture as Danica leads the drivers in the Daytona 500!
History was made this year at the Daytona 500 as Danica Patrick was the first woman to ever win the Pole for the 500 (started first). Quite an accomplishment in a sport that is dominated by male drivers. I think it is awesome that she did this. And she drove great in the race. She was running in the top five for most of the race. She ended up finishing eighth when the race was over. Jimmie Johnson won it for the second time in his career. And "Mom's" favorite driver, Dale Jr., came in second. "Mom" was yelling and carrying on hoping he would win the race!!!!
Daytona is a great race track. The track is 2.5 miles and they race around it 200 times. Thus the Daytona 500 (for 500 miles). It sures holds a lot of people to watch the race. The stands were almost completely filled. There were not very many empty seats. I saw a lot of people wearing shirts and hats representing the different drivers. The most I saw were of Dale, Jr. There also were a lot of Tony Stewart. And I did see quite a few Danica Patrick shirts. People love their racing and drivers so I learned.
I loved the experience of my first Daytona 500! I hope to go again next year. You should go at least once in your life. Live a little!