Chase Elliott enters his second season in the NASCAR Cup Series and he’s already claimed his second Daytona 500.
Elliott sat down with NBC analyst Jeff Burton to discuss what he learned in his rookie season. Elliott explains what he came to understand about the short tracks in the Cup Series compared to those he raced as he made his way up through the ranks.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s win in the 1967 Daytona 500. It was the IndyCar legend’s only win in 12 NASCAR starts.
Legendary announcer Ken Squier narrates a video essay on how Andretti’s race win came to be and how Andretti joined A.J. Foyt as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.
Andretti will serve as an honorary race office for the 59th Daytona 500 this weekend.
At Daytona 500 Media Day, Denny Hamlin sat down with Marty Snider to discuss Sunday’s race.
Hamlin, the defending race winner, said the car he won the 500 with last year will soon have a new home. For the last year it’s has sat in the Daytona International Museum, where the race-winning car goes every year.
Hamlin says the car will be transferred to a garage at his home.
Watch the video for the full interview.
Only four days remain before the Daytona 500 and Clint Bowyer makes his official first start in the No. 14 of Stewart-Haas Racing.
Bowyer sat down with former teammate Jeff Burton to discuss his impending debut with his newest team at Daytona 500 media day.
“It’s a really good opportunity at the point in my career where I’m ready,” Bowyer said. “It’s time. I’m out of time. I’m out of mulligans.”
Today’s 90-minute episode of NASCAR America brings you news and interviews from Daytona 500 Media Day in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Carolyn Manno hosts in Stamford, Connecticut. Dale Jarrett and Steve Letarte join the show from NBC Charlotte and Jeff Burton and Marty Snider are in Daytona.
What to expect from today’s episode:
· The green flag on the 2017 NASCAR season drops Sunday, but today, the stars of the sport met the press for Daytona 500 Media Day. You’ll hear from defending Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, defending Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and several more contenders in the “The Great American Race.”
· Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez look to be in the thick of this year’s Cup Series Rookie of the Year title. How are the newcomers preparing for their first Daytona 500? Jeff Burton sat down with them both to talk about it.
· American racing legend Mario Andretti is an icon in the open-wheel world, but 50 years ago, he captured NASCAR’s biggest event. Ken Squier takes a look at Andretti’s road to the Daytona 500 – which was much longer than most.
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