Top Gear goes racing with AC/DC's Brian Johnson
Front man for one of the biggest rock bands in history scraps with the best at Daytona 24
Posted: 12 Apr 2012
The bus stop is the chicane half way along the back straight, there to stop the
cars building up too much speed before the next bit of banking. At anything above 200mph, there'd be too much force going through the tyres, which could then explode. This is the spot where Dale Earnhardt lost his life in a NASCAR race in 2001. And where Barry Sheene had the mother of all accidents when
he came off his bike in 1975. At nearly 180mph.
We walk out there around midday, skirting the infield lake, created when they dug out the earth to make the banking. A flock of seagulls explodes off the water, spooked by crackling downshifts. As the cars circle, empty beer cans melt in the embers of fires, surrounded by the bony remains of cheap tents. It's been
a heavy night, but there's still three-and-a-half hours to go.