Another Day at the Races: Daytona 200

Another Day at the Races: Daytona 200

I’ve been sitting on the tickets for almost a week now: Grandstand, Infield, Fan Zone and Garage access for the Daytona 200.  Easily, the best tickets I’ve had for any event so far.  However, I almost didn’t get to go and actually made up my mind to give mine away.  That is until this morning, when my sister woke me and said, “You have to go.  This is too good and you know you’ll have a good time.”  So I rolled out of the bed and got ready.  It’s not that my ‘dance card was full’ but when I make up my mind, there’s very little chance of me changing it.  About two hours later, we were parked on the infield at the Daytona International Speedway.  I do love that place so.  “It gives my life” as Luvvie Ajayi would say.  Can I say again, that these were really good tickets?  We went everywhere and then some.

Garage Access at the Daytona 200

Garage Access at the Daytona 200

After checking out the garages and fan-deck, we came to rest on the roof of the Daytona 500 club.  Mercy me, this is the way to watch the races!  It was shaded and we were directly across from the finish line with victory lane directly below us.  We could see everything going on in pit area and there were screens with live video of the race with stats.  Heck, there were even cup-holders for our drinks.  I loved every second of it and didn’t get roasted by the sun.  Now, I’m not going to lie.  I didn’t have a clue as to who was riding what but still had a grand time.  We saw the race end then went downstairs just as the top three riders pulled in to celebrate.  There was press, owners, teams, riders, wags, wannabe wags, parents, more press and fans.  It was nuts but my little camera had a fully charged battery and I made it work hard.  All the while, I couldn’t believe how close we were to everything.  After a while, I relinquished my spot to the crane for the overhead camera.  A few steps up into the stands and I still got a good view of the trophy ceremony.

Victory Lane of the Daytona 200

Victory Lane of the Daytona 200 17-Mar-2012

I had an incredibly good time.  The crowds weren’t nearly as big as a NASCAR event and we never made it to the displays at Midway.  However, I saw even more of the Speedway than ever before and the race was very exciting.  No competitions are scheduled until the Subway Jalapeno 250 in July but that doesn’t mean I won’t find my way over there; because I fully intend to take as much of it in, while I’m here.  You can view all photographs and videos at my Facebook page.  Click on over and check out some of the action!