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It must be a culmination of everything; team owner intensity; diversity of drivers; dedication of crew members; support from sponsors - the works. The Daytona 24 Hours just keeps improving year after year.

However, my question is: Where were the fans? Except for some infield activity the place looked empty, didn't see a sole in the stands. Maybe I missed something. I sure hope so. It will be interesting to learn of their TV ratings.

For the race you couldn't ask for much better. Lap after lap battles were everywhere in every class. Riley Ford's, Riley BMW's, Corvette's, Audi's, Porsche's, Ferrari's, then toss in a Camaro and a Dodge or two - and who knows what else. They were all there.

SPEED Channel puts together a tremendous presentation from every perspective you can imagine. Just covering a 24 hour race, much less doing so with the professionalism of their entire team is mind boggling. It is my belief that Formula One will come to realize their error in not resigning with SPEED.

This Blog is not about recapping the 24 - many will do so, and considerably better than I. But I do want to point out some things that impressed me: Montoya was fast and absolutely flawless; My heart goes out to Wayne Taylor's team - they worked their butts off and proved, once again, they are to be reckoned with. Angelelli, Hunter-Reay and young Jordan Taylor showed fantastic form.

Can you imagine if Chip Ganassi was to give his NASCAR team (along with the nearly non existent Earnhardt name) the same level of commitment he does to IndyCar and the sports cars? Watch out world.

Then comes the #60 team in the Riley Ford: A. J. Allmendinger, Marcos Ambrose, Oswaldo Negri, John Pew and Justin Wilson. You could not ask for much better from that entire organization.

A team owner, and I don't care from what series (although I would prefer NASCAR), needs to step up and put A. J. in a competitive car. He's got the skill, the personality, he has the will, desire and certainly the dedication. He's proved that to everyone.

Heck, even Mickey (Waltrip) and Clint Bower showed well finishing in 15th overall and 7th in GT (not bad), only one lap down to the GT winner in Mickey's Ferrari 458.

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January 28, 2013  12:34 AM ET

I wished I could have watched more of this, but other committments did not allow it.
Even though I am a Mikey fan first, I am very happy that JPM and Ganassi did so well.......I totally agree, that Ganassi needs to pay more attention to JPM's Nascar success......perhaps the Hendrick engines this season will make the difference needed....JPM can drive well in Nascar, in psite of his frustrating success records.

Very happy with Mikey & Bowyer & Kaufman results......never expected them to win.

January 28, 2013  12:36 AM ET

As for the lack of fans, I am not sure how this is being promoted, but I wonder if the deficiency lies there.

January 28, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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As for the lack of fans, I am not sure how this is being promoted, but I wonder if the deficiency lies there.

Or how tickets are setup. Like can I buy a ticket for a seat in the stands, watch the race from the start until 8PM for argument's sake, leave the track for a nap, food, etc. then come back at 6AM and see the rest of the race? As a casual fan I honestly don't know, and I wouldn't want to spend my money on a seat in the stands, if I would not be allowed to reenter the facility, as the event was still happening.

Also promotion has a lot to do with it in my case. I like watching the sports car races even if it just for the simple fact of seeing a different track/course. But I am a casual fan (especially when compared to you guys) and I didn't even know the Daytona 24 Hours was happening this weekend, or I would have turned it on for a little while.

One final comment about the stands being empty: Those seats might not have been open for people to use. You see this a lot in the Nationwide races, the backstraight stands are empty for a "sold out" event. While in NASCAR's hay day this was true the race sold out every ticket, but those seats on the backstraight were never available for sale and that is why they are empty. With most of the Daytona 24 being run on the infield it might not be feasible for ISC to open the stands for seating because of obstructed views of the racing surface. Daytona is a large track as an oval, I can just imagine what it would be like trying to follow what was going on the the cars winding around on the flat infield.

January 28, 2013  10:33 AM ET
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Daytona 24?, when did that happen?

The first 24 Hours of Dayton was run about 47 years before your birth. This year was a fantastic race. Totally unlike the dismal display provided by the over-hyped, under-played, over-paid members of the AFC/NFC of the National Felon League.

January 28, 2013  03:29 PM ET
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Or how tickets are setup. Like can I buy a ticket for a seat in the stands, watch the race from the start until 8PM for argument's sake, leave the track for a nap, food, etc. then come back at 6AM and see the rest of the race? As a casual fan I honestly don't know, and I wouldn't want to spend my money on a seat in the stands, if I would not be allowed to reenter the facility, as the event was still happening.Also promotion has a lot to do with it in my case. I like watching the sports car races even if it just for the simple fact of seeing a different track/course. But I am a casual fan (especially when compared to you guys) and I didn't even know the Daytona 24 Hours was happening this weekend, or I would have turned it on for a little while.One final comment about the stands being empty: Those seats might not have been open for people to use. You see this a lot in the Nationwide races, the backstraight stands are empty for a "sold out" event. While in NASCAR's hay day this was true the race sold out every ticket, but those seats on the backstraight were never available for sale and that is why they are empty. With most of the Daytona 24 being run on the infield it might not be feasible for ISC to open the stands for seating because of obstructed views of the racing surface. Daytona is a large track as an oval, I can just imagine what it would be like trying to follow what was going on the the cars winding around on the flat infield.

Raistwalker....good points made.

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February 20, 2013  02:18 PM ET

I never got a chance to see any of this. Pretty much have to way to a few days before Daytona 500 before I can sit back and enjoy the racin. Good blog tho.

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