Most interesting photos from the Daytona 500 Chase Wilhelm Feb 26, 2017 at 1:21p ET Daytona Interntional Speedway is hopping as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicks off the 2017 season with the 59th annual Daytona 500 on FOX. Here are the most interesting photos from pre-race festivities for the Great American Race: USA Today Photos John David Mercer Best seat in the house This fan has found the ultimate way to enjoy the Daytona 500. USA Today Photos Peter Casey Thunderbirds An F-16 fighter jet awaits the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as they wil fly over the Daytona International Speedway during pre-race ceremonies. USA Today Photos Peter Casey Fans take it all in A lucky lady signs the start-finish line before the race. Flags fly high American flags wave in the breeze during a picture perfect day in Daytona Beach, Florida. USA Today Photos Peter Casey Monster debut It's a new dawn for the NASCAR Cup Series as Monster Energy kicks off their tenure in the sport. Getty Images Getty Images Monster Energy girls The Monster Energy girls make their official debut for the Great American Race. Getty Images Getty Images Twinkling eyes Find someone that looks at you the way Laurie Hernandez looks at Kasey Kahne. Getty Images Getty Images It's a party (L-R) Olympics gymnast Laurie Hernandez, rapper Waka Flocka Flame and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hang out prior to the Daytona 500. Nerves of steel This guy has some guts as a motorcycle flies over him in a cage as part of pre-race festivities at Daytona. Getty Images Getty Images Next Gallery 24 NASCAR drivers, teams celebrate Daytona Day on social media Start Gallery » FOX Fantasy Auto Form a Racing Team, Compete for Prizes Play Now!