Some local elementary school students got the chance get close to a Daytona 500 stock car Tuesday.
The Daytona International Speedway is helping the Florida Department of Education promote literacy by using a retired car.
Patronis and Northside Elementary School sounded like a raceway due to a visit from a real NASCAR.
"We know in order for them to be winners in life, their reading skills have to be impeccable and so we know in order for them to be winners, just like a race car driver, their reading skills have to be solid," said Lauren Lee of “Just Read Florida”.
Program organizers are hoping the race car will excite students about learning reading skills, much the same way NASCAR drivers learn driving skills.
"For students to get excited about reading and the potential of reading,” said Kathleen Fontaine, an instructional specialist. “That it can take you places you dream about."
The race car will stop in every one of Florida’s 67-school districts, leading up to the February, 24 Daytona 500 race.