Denny Hamlin attending first Rolex 24 at Daytona

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The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona is underway with many NASCAR and IndyCar drivers populating the field.

But not among them is Denny Hamlin. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver said at the NASCAR Media Tour he had a verbal agreement to compete in the endurance.

Unfortunately, his recovery from offseason knee surgery kept that from happening.

But it didn’t keep Hamlin¬†from attending the race for the first time. Hamlin spoke to NASCAR.com prior to the race, which has Jamie McMurray, Kyle Larson and AJ Allmendinger in the field.

“The atmosphere is awesome and reminds me of a NASCAR race really,” Hamlin said on the starting grid. “Just seeing the whole grid and multiple drivers and it’s really more about the team than one individual driver though.”

Hamlin said he would be watching the race and enjoying the weekend from his bus in the infield.