Lighthearted moments give drivers something to smile about at Daytona
Dario Franchitti in boxer shorts? A '48 Buick Roadmaster convertible for Ryan Newman? Drivers reveal plenty in their downtime at Daytona, writes Terry Blount.
- • Sprint Cup newbie Sam Hornish spent most of December getting ready for a new arrival. Sam's wife, Crystal, is due to deliver their first child next month."I've been decorating the nursery and getting everything ready," Hornish said. "The due date is a bit of a concern for me. It's February 10th [pole day for the Daytona 500]. I really want to be there for the birth. We'll see what happens."• At age 22, Reed Sorenson now is the senior member of the Chip Ganassi Racing Sprint Cup team. Sorenson is starting his third Cup season.His teammates are Juan Pablo Montoya, who begins his second season, and 2007 Indy 500 winner Franchitti, a 34-year-old Cup rookie."I like being a rookie again," Franchitti said. "If someone has bad eyesight, maybe they'll think I'm young."• French Canadian Patrick Carpentier experienced a NASCAR first when he revealed the 2008 paint scheme for his No. 10 Valvoline Dodge at a Montreal Canadiens hockey game."It was really cool because I got to walk out on the ice with [former Montreal Canadiens player] Guy Lafleur," Carpentier said. "He's a legend with those fans. He also was No. 10. The people were cheering like crazy when we walked out."George Gillett, the co-owner of Gillett Evernham Motorsports, also owns the Montreal Canadiens.• Kasey Kahne said he learned one cool thing about having Budweiser as his new primary sponsor of the No. 9 Dodge."I can get tickets to pretty much any sporting event I want," Kahne said. Kahne went to the BCS National Championship Game between LSU and Ohio State at the New Orleans Superdome, but Budweiser didn't supply those tickets."Those came from my other sponsor -- Allstate," Kahne said. "They sponsor that game."Terry Blount covers motorsports for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.[+] EnlargeAP Photo/Reinhold MataySam Hornish Jr., left, is expecting a new baby to arrive Feb. 10 -- on pole day for the Daytona 500.
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