We're standing on the precipice of February, and with the second month of the year comes the start of the American motorsport calendar in earnest.
The Rolex 24 at Daytona has been won (by a team that included NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger), and Daytona Speedweeks are now in full force as NASCAR teams prepare for the Bud Shootout, Gatorade Duels and the crown jewel of the calendar, the Daytona 500.
Most teams, by now, have settled on their plans for the season, picking up drivers and filing their entry blanks for full-time or part-time schedules.
But in an owners' market, with some big-name teams folding (Team Red Bull comes to mind) or contracting (Jack Roush and Richard Childress are among the owners to do so), and only underfunded privateers replacing them, plenty of drivers are still sitting on the sidelines right now, looking for sponsorship or right opportunity to present itself.
Don't be shocked if (or when) these drivers show up on one of the top three NASCAR circuits. For now, though, all 10 are waiting in the wings to seize a strong opportunity. Without further ado: