Media day held in Daytona Beach for NASCAR drivers

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 16: Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, attends NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.,None —

 NASCAR drivers will be in Daytona Beach Thursday to officially begin the hype for the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

Thursday is media day, and more than 40 drivers will be on hand to talk about this year's race season. That includes Danica Patrick, who is registered to race in the Daytona 500 for the first time.

The racing starts this Saturday with the Budweiser Shootout.

The 500 is on February 26.

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