Said Charlize: 'I just love that even my kids were really impressed that a girl was racing cars today too.
Seven of his eight wins last season came at a 1.5-mile track, including the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he captured his first Cup championship.
Another driver to watch today is Darrell Wallace Jr., the first black driver to race Daytona since 1969.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds soared in an aerial show in one of the most exciting prerace moments.
Patrick never truly lived up to the unrealistic expectations that followed her throughout her NASCAR career.
"They're great entertainers. We've seen them in concert before", she said.
Keselowski said that Elliott simply got loose.
Patrick said she was pleased that her Premium Motorsports auto seemed competitive. Two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning served as the honorary pace vehicle driver and recently elected National Baseball Hall of Famer Chipper Jones served as the honorary race official. "It was really a nice feeling for me", Patrick said. "I think that's such a good thing and we need more of that and hopefully we'll have more of that.it only makes it better and richer, you know?"
"But I am proud-we raced the whole race...it was competitive". That is the gamble at Daytona.
"I'm grateful for everything", Patrick said.
"The first wreck they had, she was running in the back of the field and I saw them dicing and I told her, 'Get away from them, they're getting ready to do something, ' and they did".
"Obviously that movie is very close to my heart", she said. The decision on whether or not Monster Energy is going to be the title sponsor of the top series in stock auto racing feels like it might already be in the equivalent of its third OT and on its way to more. I myself am not the biggest of NASCAR fans, but I am a racing fan though, and I do appreciate other forms of motorsport and respect drivers in each discipline. Ryan Blaney led a race-high 118 laps and wrecked Kurt Busch, last year's victor, trying to win the race.
In 2015, at age 63, he became the oldest driver to win the pole position for any Daytona race - a 300-mile race sanctioned by the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA). "I didn't really expect to get by him".