Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The NASCAR 2016 season is ready for the green flag. Daytona International Speedway is ready to host once more the first of two Sprint Cup races held in the year and the season-opening race in the Cup series.
This 2016, NASCAR will celebrate its 58th edition, and it already promises great excitement and thrills. Veteran drivers like future Hall of Famer, Tony Stewart will try to make the most of their final season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. will also attempt to show he still got it.
Other drivers like Matt Kenseth will probably try to make a clean run since his last two-race suspension in 2015 for intentionally wrecking Joey Logano. And how about the defending champion? Will Logano be able to defend his last year victory? There are a lot of topics surrounding the Daytona 500, and this Sunday, February 21st, we will find out, what is to come in this NASCAR 2016 season.
About The Race
The 500-mile-long race is considered the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar. You can consider it as the NASCAR Super Bowl, carrying by far the largest purse. However, instead of racing it at the end of the season, it has been the inaugural race since 1982.
The Daytona 500, 58th edition brings along some interesting and curious upgrades. It is not just the wider seats, upgraded amenities, and unmatched sightlines, but it is stated that Fox Sports has signed a 5-year deal with NextVR, to broadcast a series of major sporting events in VR. This is the same firm that broadcast the first NBA game in VR as well as the republican and democratic presidential debates.
Apparently, with this technology, you will be able to see and live the Daytona 500 from the perspective of the pit crew. If you own a GearVR headset and a compatible phone, you could watch the race from the stands, starting line, middle of the infield and the aforementioned pit lane. In addition, the VR stream will have dedicated audio commentary and pop-up graphics telling you who’s in pole position. –Pretty exciting, isn’t it?
Nonetheless, if virtual reality isn’t your thing, the Daytona 500 will be free-to-view on Fox and will be burning rubber at 1 pm ET on Sunday, February 21st.