Wednesday, January 23, 2013

For a Different View of the Rolex 24: A Taste of the 24

After a successful pre season Thunder, Daytona roars its engines once again officially for the first time in 2013 for the 51st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Can you believe it?? The off season was seconds long!!

The Rolex is an racing enthusiast dream-More than 70 champions from all kinds of racing. More than 25 countries represented. And over 2,000 miles of high-speed action. Not to mention an occasional sighting from McDreamy...but we digress...

You can go and get the full experience in the infield or stalking, looking for Patrick Dempsey  but we suggest a night out at the Rolex visiting the best of Volusia County's restaurants at the Taste of the 24!

Out of all the events that are held this 24 Hour Weekend, by far The Taste of the 24 has become one of our favorites. This event gives you an opportunity to sample food and drink from 24 of our best restaurants while visiting the gorgeous backstretch corporate suites of the Daytona International Speedway. It is a great view to watch the race, see your friends and get a Taste of what Volusia County's restaurants have to offer. 

Racing enthusiasts from around the world and local residents alike will converge on Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 26, 2013 for the fourth-annual Taste of the 24. The event, which benefits The NASCAR Foundation and the Daytona State College Foundation, features a unique blend of food from 24 of the area’s finest restaurants, a cigar bar, live jazz and a chance to win a Rolex watch.

Taste of the 24 will take place in the Backstretch Grandstand Corporate Suites on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. during the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. 

“Taste of the 24 is a great opportunity to support local charities while enjoying outstanding food from 24 of our area’s finest restaurants during the Rolex 24 at Daytona,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “The suites high atop Daytona’s backstretch provide a superb view for fine dining as well as all the drama that unfolds during North America’s premier endurance sports car race.”

Tickets are $95 per person and include premier event parking, Taste of the 24 event admission, a weekend pass to the Rolex 24 at Daytona with Sprint FANZONE access and a chance to win a Rolex watch. Tickets for children 12 and under may be purchased at the door for $24. Seating will be limited.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call (386) 310-5742 or email the Foundation:

About Daytona International Speedway

Known as the “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway has activity nearly every day of the year hosting stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and karts.  Daytona International Speedway has at least eight major race weekends a year with premier events such as the DAYTONA 500, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola on Independence Day holiday weekend, the Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car event, the Daytona Supercross By Honda and the Daytona 200 motorcycle classic. In addition, Daytona International Speedway showcases daily track tours and is home to the winning Daytona 500 car.

About The NASCAR Foundation

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing Inc., (NASCAR) launched The NASCAR Foundation in January 2006. The foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit entity that embodies the compassion of the NASCAR family and its commitment to serving communities. The NASCAR Foundation seeks to raise funds and increase volunteerism to support nonprofit charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that affect the ability of children to live, learn and play. For more information on The NASCAR Foundation, please visit the website: NASCAR.COM/foundation

Follow The NASCAR Foundation on or on Twitter: @NASCAR_FDN.

About Daytona State College

For more than five decades, Daytona State College has provided a path for thousands of people from all walks of life to reach their dreams. Whether to earn their college degree, prepare for new careers or advance in their jobs, students choose from 100 programs, including bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates. Daytona State alumni are health-care workers, teachers, public safety officers, business owners and managers,  technologists and many other skilled professionals. The Daytona State College Foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance to students and funding for critical needs that are beyond the scope of the college’s budget. Visit us on the web,, on Facebook and Twitter, or call (386) 506-3000.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

NASCAR Drivers Wish Sammy Gonzalez A "Speedy" Recovery with Special Decal

As NASCAR races in Michigan this weekend, several NASCAR drivers will be honoring a member of  their own. Sammy Gonzalez, a crew member for the Earnhardt Ganassi's #1 team (driven by Jamie McMurray) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the first week in August. He has been working in racing for many many years and has grown a great bond and family in the NASCAR community. 

Many NASCAR drivers, as well as Camping World Series Truck Series Driver Ron Hornady will be be wishing Sammy a "Speedy" recovery, supporting him with this Speedy Gonzales logo on their car as they race this weekend in Michigan. 

To be updated on Sammy's progress, please like his page-Sammy Gonzalez 5th gear pinned on Facebook. Since its birth on Thursday, the page already has over 400 likes. 

To donate much needed funds, his Give Forward page is here and info on an upcoming Golf Tournament is here.

Sammy is a dear friend to the Racing Fashionistas and we are praying for him every day.

We realize it has been a while since we have posted last on Racing Fashionistas site. Megan has been busy blogging at I Run for Wine and I have been busy with The Little Blog Dress. This is too important of an issue not to write it on all the platforms we know possible to get the word out. Please help us share this info so Sammy will get the Speedy recovery he deserves.

Jamie McMurray
Juan Pablo Montoya

Martin Truex, Jr.

Jeff Burton

Clint Bowyer

Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Tony Stewart

Mark Martin

Ron Hornaday 

Trevor Bayne Showing His Support

Casey Mears

David Ragan

Landon Cassill

Travis Kvapil 

Kurt Busch

Kevin Harvick

Scott Riggs

Paul Menard

Monday, February 21, 2011

Why this Sport Needs Trevor Bayne

After a crazy week in Daytona, and waiting in Victory Lane with no television access (need to work on that, guys) I finally just saw the last couple of laps and the win for Trevor Bayne. I have to say for the first time in a long time, I have goosebumps and tears in my eyes. This is truly amazing and I am happy to have been a part of this race. I have enjoyed the press from this morning to see a fresh face, an earnest but focussed young man winning the greatest race of the year. To hear him actually scream, "I don't know where to go (finding Victory Lane)!!" was just endearing. This was just incredible. I am sure I am not the only person that woke up this morning with a lighter heart. With no offense to the tried and true this is just what we was getting a little tiring seeing the same names over and over and over. Trevor, Thank You! You made me a renewed fan in NASCAR.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

NASCAR New Garage Dress Code: PIT-iful and Inappropriate

Even as I write this, I realize that I am being a hypocrite. The reason why we started this website is to make what we hope to be a valid point that the females that follow this sport have all their teeth and own proper undergarments (like a bra). One would think after following this column for a while that the relaxed dress code that was announced this season and executed for the first time in Daytona, would have us  jumping for joy. 

This just might be the worst decision that NASCAR ever made. 

They took the class right out of the garage and the pits, places where if you were lucky enough to have access was a backstage view of your favorite sport.  Because of the give a yard take a mile adage, thanks to the new dress code (or lack thereof), the wardrobe choices I have seen this week in the garage and pits are close to what you would see at a water park. I find it disgusting. It is a privilege to be able to get in the pits and the garage and now NASCAR is releasing you of the responsibility to treat it with the respect it deserves by enabling you to dress however you want? There is a rite of passage one endures for this access and this is a blatant middle finger up to the process. Dressing in a beach cover up and flip flops is not OK in these areas!! I am sure our friends on the race teams are rejoicing for the extra visual entertainment but it just screams trailer! 

Coming to a Pit near you
Taking my horrified opinion out of the equation, am I mistaken to think that the reason that the dress code was enforced initially was for safety? I realize that this only applies for a COLD pit, but you were able to watch the Nationwide race with a cold pass this week. Do you want a tire to roll over your flip flop? How will that debris feel against your new dress? It will happen, someone will get hurt and the rules will go back. Only then, will the garage and the pits maintain this small level of decorum it once had.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lap 3

February 18 2011 will mark the 10 year anniversary since NASCAR lost Dale Earnhardt Sr. At the 53rd running of the Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway is paying tribute to the man in black. They are asking for a moment of silence on the third lap while the fans hold up the number 3. Here is a photo we took from the 2009 Daytona 500, where the Bass Pro Shops team paid tribute to the intimidator, as they do every year on lap 3. Goosebumps will be making a presence on Sunday, especially with Dale Earnhardt Jr on the pole.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway is asking for a moment of silence on the third lap of the Daytona 500 as a tribute to Dale Earnhardt.

Earnhardt was killed in an accident on the last lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. The speedway considered various ways to mark the 10-year anniversary of Earnhardt's death. Click here to continue.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

NASCAR children coming to a garage near you

If you're a NASCAR fan, you would have to be living under a rock if you weren't aware of the latest fad on pit road - no we aren't talking the latest designer jeans....we're talking babies. NASCAR's baby boom was mentioned over this past weekend almost as many times as Chris Myers mentioned twitter . It seems like every week, another driver is announcing they are expecting a child. So it comes to no surprise that NASCAR made their special announcement that the garage area is open to children during it's "cold" pre-race period. An adult with approved access (hard card or a single event license) can bring his or her child into the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck series garages on race days. Each child will be issued a special credential & there is no minimum age requirement. This must be good news to the #1 Bass Pro team who had a huge baby boom in 2010!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

and...We are Back!!

We have made an executive decision to bring our baby back from hiatus just in time for the 2011 Race Season! We have missed writing and interacting with our wonderful friends that have supported  us since we began years ago.

So, stay tuned for some fun in Daytona and some carefully thought out prattle throughout the season on all that is racing, all that is fashion and why the the two of them together continues to make sense, despite the perception of the no teeth, no bra female race fan!

Megan and Darlynn
The Racing Fashionistas

Friday, October 29, 2010

Blog Abuse!!!

NO, we aren't dead! And yes, we are still NASCAR fans.

I will start with a huge apology for disappearing. We never thought this would happen to our precious blog but it was the first thing we both had to let go of when our worlds went cray busy in early 2010. Both Darlynn and I started our own companies and we had to focus on them. Plus, sad to say but neither of us have been to a race since the Daytona 500, due to our hectic schedules. NASCAR had to take a backseat.

So our apologies go out there to all of our readers, our friends, our connections and anyone else. I have wanted to blog so many times about NASCAR but I haven't had the neutral heart to go there. I start it and end up ranting and raving, and trust me, you don't want that. I am going to keep quite about my thoughts on this seasons chase and the fact that it needs to be reformatted.

We spent so long getting this blog to where it was. We gained the connections we wanted. Gained the national audience we needed to make it successful and we let if fail. So let us apologize once again. I hope that we can succeed in making this our baby once again, once the dust of our new lives settle!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

JC France's drug charges are dropped, in other obvious news...the world is round

Hi Kids, I know that we have been missing in action but how can I not blog about such local goodness?? In today's, Daytona Beach News Journal...breaking news!! The Nation is out of the recession?? They found Bin Laden?? Oh no!! Miraculously, JC France has had his drug charges dropped and his Grand AM license has been reinstated. Are you cuss word kidding me? The News Journal reports....
"All the evidence that Daytona Beach police piled up against France was thrown out because of a jurisdictional technicality."

Well, there you go...justice is served! Please check out the readers comments, its worth a giggle! If you missed the gem of why he was arrested in the first place, enjoy!!

See you soon, (we promise)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bristol Motor Speedway: bringing music to your ears once again

At last years Bristol Spring race, the brilliant people at BMS came up with the plan to let drivers pick their own song for driver introductions. Well, they are at it again. It is interesting to see who picked what this time around. For instance: Clint Bowyer picked Burning Love by Elvis. Jamie McMurray picked Let it Rock by Kevin Rudolph. Scott Speed picked Love Shack by the B52's. And the pick of the weekend: Martin Truex Jr....he picked the Napa Know How Jingle. If you haven't seen it yet, here you go.

You can check who picked what below. I am honestly shocked there is no Lady Gaga action going on! I felt surely someone would have picked Poker Face!

AJ Allmendinger: "Last Resort" / Papa Roach
Aric Almirola: "Back In Black" / AC/DC
Bobby Labonte: "People Are Crazy" / Billy Currington
Brad Keselowski: "Won't Back Down" / Tom Petty
Brian Vickers: "Whatever Happened" / OAR
Carl Edwards: "Black Betty" / Spiderbait
Casey Mears: "Wild Side" / Motley Crue
Clint Bowyer: "Burning Love" / Elvis
Dale Earnhardt Jr: TBA
Dave Blaney: TBA
David Gilliland: "I Gotta Feelin" / Black Eyed Peas
David Ragan: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" / Charlie Daniels
David Reutimann: "The Game" / Motorhead
David Stremme: TBA
Denny Hamlin: "Rocky" theme
Elliott Sadler: "2001: A Space Odyssey" theme
Greg Biffle: "Welcome to the Jungle" / Guns N Roses
Jamie McMurray: "Let It Rock" / Kevin Rudolph
Jeff Burton: "Welcome to the Jungle" / Guns N Roses
Jeff Gordon: "Boom Boom Pow" / Black Eyed Peas
Jimmie Johnson: "Ramble On" / Led Zeppelin
Joe Nemechek: "Boot Scootin Boogie" / Brooks and Dunn
Joey Logano: "Crank Dat" / Soulja Boy
Juan Pablo Montoya: "Going the Distance" / Cake
Kasey Kahne: "Bulls On Parade" / Rage Against The Machine
Kevin Conway: "Big Time" / Peter Gabriel
Kevin Harvick: "Rollin" / Limp Bizkit
Kurt Busch: "Dukes of Hazzard" theme
Kyle Busch: "Amazing" / Kanye West
Marcos Ambrose: "Thunderstruck" / AC/DC
Mark Martin: TBA
Martin Truex Jr.: "Napa Know How" jingle
Matt Kenseth: "Whisky Hangover" / Godsmack
Max Papis: "Carmina Burana" / Carl Orff
Michael Waltrip: "Hillbilly Bone" / Blake Shelton
Mike Bliss: "Rise Above This" / Seether
Paul Menard: "Paradise City" / Guns N Roses
Regan Smith: "Fight For Your Right" / Beastie Boys
Robby Gordon: "Some Beach" / Blake Shelton
Ryan Newman: "Hillbilly Rockstar" / Bridgette Tatum
Sam Hornish Jr.: "Bad Habit" / Offspring
Scott Speed: "Love Shack" / B52s
Terry Cook: TBA
Tony Stewart: "Bawitdaba" / Kid Rock
Travis Kvapil: "Kickstart My Heart" / Motley Crue

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


NEW 2010 RACE SUITS unveiled in Las Vegas!
To help showcase the many colorful fans of NASCAR, today M&M’S Racing Fanvocates Right Turn Ryan and Left Turn Lindsay took to the track in style, sporting new race suit designs for the 2010 NASCAR racing season.

Manufactured by Simpson Performance, the new suits feature revised flames rising up the pant leg and arm sleeve, which are sure to catch the eyes of fans on scorching race days. Other details include a race-stripe waist band embroidered with their respective names, the newly created Fan Patrol logo and an M&M’S-branded collar. Designed by Geoffrey Thomas of Chatain and Thomas, the artist behind all of the 2010 M&M’S No. 18 Toyota Camry paint schemes driven by Kyle Busch. Thomas designs all collateral materials and apparel, bringing the colorful and fun characteristics of M&M’S to life and serving as key inspirations for the new performance wear in 2010.

“I love meeting and hearing stories of NASCAR fans from coast to coast” remarked M&M’S Fanvocate Left Turn Lindsay “Our new suit reintroduces the classic, bright and vibrant colors of M&M’s with a racing twist while creating attention and buzz at the track, allowing us to meet even more fans.”

“The classic flames and inclusion of our NASCAR partner logos illustrates M&M’S commitment to the fans and the sport of NASCAR,” added Phil Grieco, Director, Sponsorships & Sports Marketing, MARS Chocolate North America. “I can’t wait to hear the fan reactions to the 2010 suit designs.

As M&M’S Most Colorful Fans, you can follow Left Turn Lindsay and Right Turn Ryan around the series virtually at:, or connect with them on the new M&M’S Virtual Tailgate at

Monday, March 1, 2010

4th Annual Skinner Round-Up

If you are in the Daytona or Orlando area, you must check out Mike and Angie Skinners charity event coming up next weekend, The Skinner Round-Up. We attended it last year and it was a ton of fun.

The Hoe Down Bash for the Public takes place on Thursday March 11th at 7pm in the FanZone located inside the Daytona International Speedway.

Tickets are only $10 and benefits go to multiple Volusia County charity's including Council on Aging, Greyhound Pets of America, Halifax Health Foundation and Concerned Citizens for Animal Welfare. It's a fun event for the whole family and here are a few of the activities:
  • A live concert by Nashviolle recording artist Stacy Mitchhart "The Blues Doctor"
  • Live & Silent auctions featuring NASCAR and celebrity memorabilia & NASCAR tickets/garage passes.
  • Taste of Daytona Food Sampling featuring Daytona's finest restaurants (included in your ticket price but there is a cash bar)
  • Photographs & Autographs with Mike Skinner & his #5 NASCAR Camping World Series Truck in Gatorade Victory Lane (6pm-8pm)
The live auction will take place at 9pm at the stage in the FanZone. The Silent Auction and concert will take place from 7pm-9pm. There will also be special secret celebrity guests!!

You can purchase tickets at Stirling Sotheby's International Realty located at 201 Cessna Blvd Suite 6, Port Orange FL 32128 (in the Spruce Creek Fly-In).

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Happy Happy Hour!

We have slacked off the last 2 weeks with our Happy Hour feature. So, what better track to
start it off at other than Viva Las Vegas!

This week we are going to feature an adult concoction from the makers of Ty Ku Sake, who happens to do promotions with #83 Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers. We are big fans of Ty Ku and hope you will be too! Enjoy this cocktail while following along with NASCARs Happy Hour practice here!

The Ty Ku Cosmopolitan
Ty Ku Sake
Splash of Vodka
Cranberry Juice

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Fast Lap with Marty Smith

During Daytona Speedweeks, we sat down with ESPN's Marty Smith and chatted everything from College football to great books to the Bachelor. We had a blast with Marty and he was a real pleasure to meet. Here is our Fast Lap with Marty Smith1. What music have you recently put on your iPod?
I just met Jack Ingram, who is a really awesome guy and a great singer and song writer. I am big into song writers. A really good budy of mine is Eric Church. I admire his ability to convey a message emotional into his music.

2. What was the last movie you saw?
I just took my son to see Alvin and the Chipmunks the Squeakqual. (laughs). I also recently saw and loved Inglorious Bastards. It was absolutely phenomenal. Tarantino is a total trip and an amazing director but this was different for him. It had his same edge but it was deep at the same time.

3. What are your favorite TV shows?
My Favorite show on TV is Friday Night Lights which is now on the 101 network on DirecTV. I Don’t understand why Network didn't keep the show. The Director, Peter Berg is a total rock star. I am amazed by that show on a lot of levels. They took what was an engaging High School football show and turned it into a dramatic production. It is awesome. My wife Laney and I also watch a lot of reality TV. She has been making me watch the Bachelor.
Who do you think is going to win?
I don't care! He messed up when he kicked off Ashley!

4. What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
Virginia Tech Hokies Football….obsessed. I am completely over the board and insane about it. I read incisively about it. Some of my fondest memories were of me and my Dad going to Hookies Football games. I lived 15 miles from the stadium growing up. One of the coolest things anyone ever gave me Coach Beamer signed a helmet for me.

5. What is one personal item you cannot live without?
My blackberry. It’s tied to me 24 hours a day. Especially now that twitter has taken the world by storm. I joined twitter the spring Atlanta race 2009 (@martysmithespn). It's readily changing media. Twitter is one of the most impactful method vehicles to disseminate news. It’s immediate and intimate. I take Twitter seriously. I respond to people on it and I appreciate people that follow me. Can you imagine being a fan of Kasey Kahne or Denny Hamlin and following them on Twitter? I know that when I was a little boy, if I had a direct vehicle to Michael Jordan or Dale Murphy and being able to see something they actual wrote, it's awesome!

6. What are your favorite places to visit?
Love going to the Caribbean Islands my wife. I also love to going home to Pearisburg, Virginia.

7. What is your favorite book or publication?
Black Hawk Down,by Mark Bowden. It’s an awesome book
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissigner. What most people don’t know about that book is that it is a socioeconomic, sociopolitical book. High School Football is the platform but it was so much more than that
Generation Kill by Evan Wright.
Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

8. What is your favorite cuisine?
I am very health conscious. I pretty much fish, chicken, turkey & sushi.

9. What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
Go to Jays at the Lake in Cornelius NC with my wife and my buddies. Listen to Eric Church on the Jukebox, sip on some Jack Daniels and make fun of one another. Also, hanging out with my two Children Cambron and Mia.