Every year, at the end of January, the Daytona International Speedway in Florida revs up with the sound of 50+ racecars going as fast as they can, trying to reach the checkered flag first—in a 24-hour race.
In years past, I’ve been in attendance at the track. This year I’m watching online and living vicariously through my dh and our friend, who are at the race. To me, the drivers of these amazing cars are the wild west cowboys of today, with some powerful rides. They hold “the reins” of a lot more than one horse-power, but their saddles are still made of leather. And they use jet fuel instead of oats and grass.
The cowboys and cowgirls of today’s car-racing world are as smart and savvy as their horse-riding predecessors. That said, I thought I’d share a few close-ups and sounds of this year’s race. [My thanks to dh and dear friend TG for the pics and videos.]
Here are a couple of this year’s new rides, the Lamborghinis, in the “corral.”
This stallion is showing off his brands.
They run in all kinds of weather.
Threw a shoe (this mini’s hatch blew open)—on instant replay.
Put out to pasture [on display in the pit area].
Happy Racing—and Reading!