On our free day before our racing marathon started we dragged the Daytona strip and found of all things a quilt shop!!
Above this statue was a complex full of eating places. We of course picked to eat at Sloppy Joes to try something new. Doesn't Joe look excited to take a picture by his sign?! In order to view the ocean while we ate we sat in the bar area. While waiting for our pop to arrive we noticed Darci do a bit of a startled dance in her chair.
What would our racing trip be if we didn't hit up a go-kart track?
Us gals decided to just take in the action but sitting in the stands-we gave excellent advice such as what kart to pick if they wanted to win and how to pass the people they were racing against-
the only problem was they couldn't hear us. Even though the karts that everyone were racing in were losing springs and running out of gas everyone racing seemed to be having a good time, which in the end is all that matters!
Then came the real race day. . .
We got up really early to get a good parking spot and snoop around the track. We spent most of our time by the Chevy tent. The above photo and below photo are 2 of the 3 Transformer Cars. (Jimmy Johnson's car is above)
The Chevy stage proved to be a wonderful hang out as they interviewed all of the Chevy drivers. We got in on two days worth and were standing as close as we'll probably ever be to many of the big names in the sport. The guy above is Juan Pablo Montoya.
Five-time series champion Mr. Jimmy Johnson.
I have to share that he was much taller in person than I thought and also much smaller than I would have guessed. He seems quite humble about all of his success which was kind of cool.
Class act guy. I was very impressed with him in his interview. He really does seem like a truly genuine person both on and off the track. He really does make a good role model in that sense for kids of all ages.
Didn't really know what to expect and would say he's also a classy guy. Not sure that I'd do well spending a day with him as he is very methodical and very routine structured but certainly a good guy!
Two favorites. Kevin Harvick (on the right) Clint Bowyer (on the left)
I've been fortunate enough to meet Kevin Harvick twice before this and will tell you that where you see him he always has that big smile on his face "Happy Harvick" says it all. We also were able to watch Clint race a couple years ago at Volusia Speedway (dirt track). These two guys are more our style--laid back, rolling with the flow, full of crap. You can tell these teammates have a lot of fun off the track and yet can get the job done on Sunday.
This is Darci's most favorite driver. I love having captured him with a smile on that cute pudgy face of his. He really is a super guy--laid back loving to work outside with his wife, new baby daughter and dogs on their hobby farm. We were also fortunate enough to meet him up close at the Volusia dirt track a couple years back. Would be an easy guy to spend a day with.
(I would have shared photos of the driver intros but the computer wouldn't let my cropped pictures appear any bigger than an inch...bummer) After the intros we headed towards our seat. The guys had not yet made their parade lap around the track and so we stood close enough to the track that if Clint Bowyer (above) would leaned way out he and I would have leaned way out over the flimsy rope we may have been able to have almost slapped hands!
This is a view from our seats in the Turn 4 corner. I've zoomed in a little bit but this is pretty much what it looks like. We can see the cars on the whole track which is wonderful and sit at the start of pit road where there is always lots of action. This year we even had the start great views of some big crashes which was kinda fun-not that wrecking is fun.
and this was our driveway. We made a heroic attempt to get to the house but when our Avalance started to push snow with the grill we knew it'd never work. Turns out this was about the average heigh of the banks and in spots it was deeper. What a nice welcome home!