We parked behind the track and walked to a shuttle. As we were walking, we saw the Thunderbirds. I think they had performed earlier in the morning and were in the process of shutting down when we were there.
I was impressed by the level of organization there was with the shuttle service. You could tell they had done this sort of thing before. There was no waiting around to board a shuttle. Bus after bus arrived to carry people to the track. The experience was the same when we left. The only lag was waiting for people to climb on board the buses. There was a man behind us on the bus talking to his friend about being in the service and having to spend some time in the "Land of the Yankees." John and I chuckled. We were definitely in the south.
I got excited as we neared the speedway. The fact that we actually had the opportunity to be there was thrilling.
|Behind the Backstretch|
|Heading towards the Backstretch|
|The Backstretch Gate|
We had fairly good seats. We were sitting in the backstretch directly across the way from the start/finish line. We couldn't see the start/finish line, but there were a few Jumbotrons set up so we could see the action on the other side.
In the lake in front of us was a party boat with "Duck Dynasty" advertising all over it. We were told the entire cast was on board. I didn't see anybody I recognized from the show, though.
The drivers ran a few warm-up laps behind the pace car before the race began.
|Danika Patrick (in green) - First woman to get pole position in Daytona 500.|
|The K-Love car.|
|Jimmie Johnson before the race he would soon win.|
A few crashes were within our sight as turn #2 claimed handfuls of cars various times throughout the day. It makes you feel bad for the teams that spend so much money to be a part of something like this only to be taken out because of another driver's mishap.
|These jet sweepers were louder than the race cars.|