Here's how you can tell a car is cool. It looks fast when it's parked. The Mustang GT pace car that Richard Petty drove at the Daytona 500 Sunday looks fast when it's parked. Blue with a white stripe down the middle, the speedometer posts a top speed of 160 mph. The car has a 412-horsepower V-8 engine. I'm surprised the King didn't stay out on the track.
There was a Danica sighting. She was in the back of a golf cart behind the Goodyear Building in the infield. She offered a small wave and a smile. In the 10 minutes she spent in the cart neither her posture nor her expression changed. She might have been a cardboard cutout.
Spotted in the gift shop: Harry Connick Jr., who sang the anthem Sunday. He shopped without interruption. Nobody appeared to recognize him.
Finally there was sunshine, shorts and seagulls. Daytona Beach finally felt as if it was part of Florida.