Twenty years ago this summer, my three best friends and I embarked on a baseball road trip that took us from Brevard County to old Yankee Stadium in New York, Fenway Park in Boston, the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown and Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Over 10 days we logged 4,000 miles in what started out as a brand new rental van.
When we left Chicago to head home, we decided we would drive straight back to Florida without stopping to rest. After all, there were four of us, and we could work in two-man shifts.
The one-way journey that featured stops only for food and bathroom breaks took around 19 hours and was around 1,250 miles.
Having done that, it makes me think of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where a group of four drivers race for 24 straight hours in an endurance race that has been put on since 1962.
If you're not too familiar with the Rolex 24, it features an all-star driving lineup consisting of International Motor Sports Association regulars plus drivers from other racing disciplines such as NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1 and World Endurance Championship.
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Last year’s winning team of Hélio Castroneves, Alexander Rossi, Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque logged 2,873 miles over 24 hours. That's more than 100 miles driven per hour. They were moving at roughly twice the pace we averaged in our luxury rental van.
The big difference: the racers did it on a 3.56-mile track, meaning they navigated the same course some 807 times!
I’d prefer our more scenic tour down I-75. Plus, I guarantee they didn’t stop in Tennessee to get a giant sack of Krystal burgers.
The 2022 Rolex 24 takes place this weekend beginning Saturday, Jan. 29, with the starting flag dropping at 1:40 p.m.
The race kicks off Speedweeks in Daytona, the run-up to the Daytona 500, which takes place Feb. 20 this year.
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