Today's Daytona 500 POTUS visit has many talking about July 4, 1984, when Ronald Reagan came to the Firecracker 400 and saw Richard Petty's 200th win. This photo still hangs all over Daytona, Air Force One "racing" Petty's No. 43 STP Pontiac as it landed at the airport behind the racetrack.
The famous No. 43 Chevy; driven by Bubba Wallace and owned by Richard Petty, will carry a tribute to Kobe Bryant in the Daytona 500. A decal in Lakers colors honors Bryant and his daughter on the car's rear deck lid. There is also a sticker memorializing John Andretti, who drove this car for years and died of cancer on January 30.
The body of water in Daytona International Speedway's infield is Lake Lloyd (being fished here by Marty Smith). It covers 29 acres and has been accidentally occupied by three racecars, the most recent being Dave Stacy in 1994. Now a giant concrete wall separates it from the backstretch.
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