It’s an event that’s an annual tradition akin to Columbus or Presidents Day to everyone else. To those of us who work in NASCAR whether it’s as a driver or a media person, the annual Daytona 500 media day always takes place on the Thursday prior to the non-points race once known as the Bud Shootout, but now called the Sprint Unlimited. Thursday, Valentine’s Day, was that day this year.
Media Day at Daytona brings together all drivers from all three series. Not only do they meet with the media in what can be best described as controlled chaos, but it’s a chance for NASCAR to take the official headshots fans will see throughout the season and put together all the stats prior to the green flag a week later at the big race the Daytona 500.
The theme is upbeat; all the drivers are positive and usually no real big news comes out during the day. Most of the news talked about by drivers involved the new Gen 6 cars; of course everyone is ‘excited’ to get racing in them. Danica Patrick let the news slip that she will race in the Nationwide Series race at Daytona for Turner-Scott Motorsports. That was the dominate news of the morning. MORE>>>