The 55th running of the Daytona 500 will take place on Sunday afternoon from the iconic Daytona International Speedway on the East Coast of Florida.
For the first time in history, a female will start on the pole. Danica Patrick recorded the fastest time in qualifying this past week, earning the top starting spot for the Great American Race. But Patrick will be up against 42 other competitors this weekend, as she looks to fend off a pack of hungry drivers, including last year's winner Matt Kenseth.
With the green flag set to wave this weekend, here's everything you need to know to make sure you don't miss a single lap of this year's Daytona 500.
When: Sunday, Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.
Live Streaming: NASCAR RaceView
Smart Phone: NASCAR Mobile '13 App
What to Watch For
New Gen-6 Cars
The concept behind these cars is that they will now look much more similar to their make and model, giving them some added personality out on the track. Before, few could tell a Ford from a Chevrolet, or a Toyota from a Dodge.
Now, each will have a "distinctive appearance," according to NASCAR.com.
The Big One
It seems every year the big one strikes at tracks like Daytona and Talladega. The only question is when?
Knowing that it's almost a certainty, drivers will be pushing to get to the front early and keep their noses out of trouble.
For the drivers who haven't won, getting to victory lane is everything. And for those who have tasted victory at Daytona, the motivation to get back to the winner's circle is just as strong.
Expect some intense racing on Sunday afternoon. Drivers will be taking plenty of risks to get to the front, and as always, strategy is sure to play a pivotal role in determining a 2013 champion.
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