What It’s Like Driving a Supercar Under the Daytona Lights

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What It’s Like Driving a Supercar Under the Daytona Lights

It’s like standing in the wings on opening night of a play. Pensive excitement and still air, tight fists and clenched teeth, satisfaction and anxiety. They’re all accounted for under the blinding lights of one of the world’s premier racing venues. We look out on the grandstands in their multicolored grandeur, a view we’ve all seen before, but empty, waiting. Because this time, race cars aren’t heading up the banking and past the start/finish. We are.

We’ll be driving the new NSX Type S. The cars are all being pored over and prepped before the run on track, their turbocharged V-6 idle the kickdrum of my heart’s frantic rhythm. Honda factory shoe Ryan Eversley waits patiently in the cockpit of the lead Indy Yellow car as the rest of us stand trying to pretend that we’re ready. Quiet, maybe, for the first time all day, we twiddle our thumbs or whisper not out of necessity but reverence. Even for the group of jaded journalists assembled here, this is a big one.

 

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