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Bentley Arnage
Issue Six
March 22, 2003
Daytona 500
Cayenne Driving Experience
Bentley Arnage R
Bentley Arnage R
Photo Gallery
Bose Headphones
Coming Next Issue
G. Gordon Liddy
Jaguar XJ8
Credit Card Rewards
Porter Cable Buffer
Frozen Rotors

Daytona 500, 2003, continued.

Nascar Interstate Batteries


Cingular at Nascar

After the race starts, we find a place along the front straight where we can see the cars enter Turn One. Our view includes about 20% of the track. Good thing we have scanners so we can listen to play-by-play of the race and team communications. As the rain starts for the first time we run over to infield bathrooms and take cover under the eaves. We were hot and sweaty before the rain, now we're wet too. But the rain stops, the sun and ten jet driers come out, and we find an abandoned picnic bench to rest on while we wait for the restart. A little more scouting finds us a better viewing spot at the exit of pit road close to one of those massive TV monitors in the infield. Yeah, it's also a parking area for tour buses and we've got to snort diesel fumes, but at least the scanner's headphones drown out most of the idling engine clatter. And now we can watch the race on TV and catch a glimpse of the cars on the track for a few seconds.

It's not too long until it begins to rain again, and this time it seems permanent. As we wander around the infield (we're soaked by now so threre's no sense in running for cover) we see a few drivers have changed into street clothes. When we see pole sitter Jeff Green driving out of the track in his Chevy Tahoe, we know the day is over.

We schlep it back to the bus drop-off area for the ride back to the parking lot. Getting out of Daytona and onto I-95 South - no way I was going to take I-4 back - was quick and painless. Two hours later we're sitting at the bar at Chili's having fajitas and beer. Although the 2003 Daytona 500 was a big disappointment in my book it won't sway me from going again if I have the chance. I love racing, especially NASCAR, and I realize it's a privilege to have the opportunity to experience racing from such a unique perspective.

In a perfect world every race would run the full distance and be held in perfect weather. You would be able to see all the action from an ideal position. Alas, that's not a realistic scenario. So in many ways watching a race from home, complete with your favorite chair and good food in the fridge, is a better choice for race fans. And if you attend an event the view from the grandstands is always superior. So don't be too envious of the people you see in the garage area. Chances are you will enjoy the race more than they will.

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