A little more form the Daytona 500….typically I get “Pit Passes” for each time I attend the race. Just adds to the enjoyment of the festivities. You do not actually get into the pits (that is for family and sponsors only)…but you get to walk by or see within a few feet. In one section you get to walk by the garages of each driver. They have windows to peer in. I was lucky Kyle Busch above had his small window open to let in air. This allowed me to peek my camera inside and take this photo. I added a little flare to the shot and thanks to onOne’s Photo Frame 4.6…the film border effect was a cool effect.
They allow you to walk around on the inside of the track until 30 minutes before the race. Walking on the track is a must. My tradition is to sign the starting line (get there early to get your name on the track!). You really get the feel of the track and see how steep the banks are! About 1/4 mile section is open for you to explore. I sat on the ground and grabbed this shot of the new pavement for the race…Turn 4 is ahead.
Only one month away until the Daytona 500. Daytona is the Super Bowl of NASCAR. My sis gets tickets every year…so I have been to this race 3 of the last 5 years. I may have posted before…I have been to many different sporting events and nothing beats the excitement of the Daytona 500. It does help as out that the tickets are the first row (about 10 yards from the track). When those cars come roaring by….WOW! We even get a small amount of dirt and junk flying in our faces! Makes a hot dog and beer taste even better! LOL This shot was from 2008 (50th year of Daytona) thanks to “Pit” passes. You can get pretty close to the cars. Here they are rolling out Kyle Busch’s car for the start of the race. I wish I could use my connections and get a chance to shoot the race…maybe one day. Now I will settle for shots from the stands! Looking forward to the race next month! I added a little Topaz Adjust to the shot for a little more grit.