Arriving at the Daytona Speedway...the excitement was palpable!
Oh- I meant Budweiser. Ha!
One thing I found intriguing were the sheer vertical bank turns on the track. I've seen them on TV hundreds of times, but seeing it in person gave it a completely different perspective. It's insanely steep and almost impossible to walk upward on. To imagine cars stacked 3 wide and a packed group of them running at approx 200mph, it's hard to fathom there aren't more accidents than those that occur.
How Brad used to manage this as a professional driver is astounding & impressive. To think you put yourself into a fire suit, then a quilted racing & internal cooling suit, a balaclava so you can look like a bank robber, a tight helmet that fits into a chair that doesn't let you turn your head (awesome for claustrophobics), your wrists tethered to your suit (so that you don't lose a limb when crashing) and then rock it out inside a steel cage on a hot day on a sizzling asphalt track & cross your fingers that your cooling suit doesn't give out?! (Which happened to Brad once... He vomited.) Boggles the mind. All the while, keeping yourself in the top ten qualifiers...Good night Irene!
They've done a great job with the infield.
There are only 44 of them. 43 cars are allowed in a NASCAR race and one extra just in case something fires up.
That's because they use various colors of chairs so that it looks like the track is at full capacity on TV.
We got back to the marina and took a long walk to the beach. Here in Daytona you can drive on the sand... We can't even have a beer on the beach at home. So unusual to see this and looks fun!
Our great evening & 3 course meal was capped off by a fireworks show right behind our boat in the marina. A perfect day!