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Daytona 500, 2003
By Bret Frazier
Associate Editor

(Tuesday, March 11, 2003 5:50 PM EST)

Daytona 500 Pit Lane

Daytona 500

Daytona 500 pit row

Pit row at a nascar race

So, you're a race fan. You watch all kinds of racing on TV. You surf the web reading numerous forums about racing. You talk racing with your buddies 24-7. You frequent the local short track and even take a road trip to a big race once or twice a year.

And every Sunday, while watching the action you see hundreds, maybe thousands of people in the garage area before, during, and after the race just hanging out, enjoying the scene, getting autographs from their favorite drivers and the occasional celebrity, and sometimes making a fool of themselves on live TV when the cameras are focused on interviewing a driver (I'm talking about those people you see in the background waving into the camera or talking on their cell phones, "Dude, do you see me? I'm on TV with Dale Junior!!!"). And I'm sure you've said to yourself, "Look at all those people. How can THEY get into the pits and I can't? Man, if I could get access like that, it would be an awesome experience being right in the middle of the action". Well friends, I'm here to tell ya, being in the pits during a big race ain't all that it's cracked up to be.

Yeah, it's fun (sort of) to be at Ground Zero during one of the biggest sporting events on the planet, but in many ways you are better off in the grandstands or even at home, watching from the comfort of your living room. Because believe me, if there is one thing missing from being in the pit area, it's comfort. And a good view. And instant replay. And good food. And being able to see all the action on the track.

I know, I know. I can hear you saying, "What are you whining about? I would walk across hot coals barefooted if it meant I could have pit access for the Daytona 500". But access to the pits and garage area isn't as great as it may seem. And when the weather, new rules, and poor visibility work against you, it's not as much fun as you would think. Don't get me wrong - it's wonderful to have the opportunity to be in the one place that thousands of die-hard race fans would love to be in. It's very cool to see the sport from a true inside view. For a hard core racing fan it can be the ultimate experience. But it's not always like that at every event, and the 2003 Daytona 500 was one event I would have rather stayed home to watch.

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