Watch: Cole Whitt's Daytona 500 Challenge

April 17, 2014, Pat DeCola,

The Swan Racing driver recaps his wild Daytona 500 debut

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43 cars. 200 miles per hour. Inches apart. In front of tens of millions of people... for the first time ever.

Follow Swan Racing driver Cole Whitt as he kicks off his rookie season by taking on NASCAR's biggest race in his No. 26 Speed Stick Gear car.

As Whitt describes it himself, it's the story of a kid from California who took on the NASCAR legends in The Great American Race -- the Daytona 500. The video captures Whitt in the weeks ahead of his Daytona 500 debut, which shows the 22-year-old driver doing his CrossFit workouts and overall preparation for the event.

Watch the video below to see Whitt's roller-coaster Speedweeks ride and check out Daytona 500 results to see how he fared: