Words by HighwayStar Patrick. Photos by HighwayStar Patrick and HighwayStar Steven.
When one thinks normally of the Daytona International Speedway, one normally thinks of NASCAR. When HighwayStar Garage thinks of the Daytona International Speedway, we think the Rolex 24! A four day event beginning on Thursday and ending on Sunday. A race that runs from mid afternoon on Saturday, goes all through the night, and ends mid afternoon on Sunday. A race where for 24 hours, your senses are inundated with racekor sights, sounds, smells and feels!
This year, as the previous three years HighwayStar Garage has attended, we camped within the infield of the prestigious track. We were joined this year by our friends Nickoli from Simply Clean and Sam Dobbins from MoreThanMore, as well as several other of our friends.
Sadly, I, HighwayStar Patrick, unfortunately didn’t get to Daytona until late Friday night. HighwayStar Manny, HighwayStar Ramon, and Nickoli were able to get there Thursday morning when the gates opened. They were able to take in the sights and sounds of those beautiful race cars as theses cars got ready for their day to hopefully shine come race day. As the track laid quiet in anticipation for the coming race, rain decided to make it’s presence throughout the night.
Saturday morning. And the rain still lingering. We all got up early so we could go check out the second round of the Ferrari Challenge. A nice blistering race before the start of the Rolex!
As the race ended, so did the rain thankfully. We headed back to the camp site to dry off a little, gather our selves, and got ready for what would be the start of 24 hours of beautiful music for any petrol head.
As we headed to garages, we were greeted by the sight of some of the classics as they did a couple laps around the track…
…and several cars waiting to get onto the track.
One of the fun things that happens before the race is that they allow the spectators to go on the actual track at the start/finish line. You get to walk on the track and see how steep the embankment really is!
As they slowly cleared the track to get the race under way, we headed to one of our favorite spots at the Daytona track, the International Horseshoe!
As day turned into night, cars slowly began to drop out one by one, either due to mechanical issues or crashes. You would see cars enter their pit boxes for quick stops. Or you sometimes would see them go all the way into the garages for more “extensive” repairs. Or you may see them go into the garages to end their race prematurely. This is an endurance race after all!
But even as cars came and went, the race still went on.
And we were even treated to a firework show!
As the night went on, so did many of us.
By morning, it was time to start packing and to leave the beauty and the sounds of this spectacular event. As always, lots of fun was had with great friends at an awesome event! The Rolex24 at the Daytona International Speedway is definitely an event to be experienced by all. Us at HighwayStar Garage will definitely be out here next year to once again take in this event!
For more photos from HighwayStar Patrick: HighwayStar Patick’s Flickr: Rolex 24 2015
For more photos from HighwayStar Steven, check out his Flickr: HighwayStar Doritos Flickr.
And also check out HighwayStar Doritos‘ website as well!