Daytona Beach, Florida (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made a pit stop Sunday at Daytona 500 – one of car racing’s most prestigious events.
“This combines my two favorite things – sports and cars,” Romney said to the rain-soaked crowd at the Daytona International Speedway.
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The race has since been postponed until noon Monday due to rain delays.
Earlier at the racetrack, the former Massachusetts governor met privately with supporters, followed by brief comments with drivers during a meeting.
“I wish you the best,” Romney said to the drivers in a room filled with their team members, corporate supporters, and celebrities including singer Lenny Kravitz and comedian Jane Lynch from “Glee.”
Walking through the crowd near “pit row,” the presidential hopeful shook hands and took pictures with well-wishers.
One father yelled to his son, “John, get your picture taken with the next president!”
One man shouted, “No way – Obama will be re-elected.”
Romney thanked former Marine Lewis Ray of Midland, Virginia, for his service to the country. While shaking the former governor’s hand, Ray responded with the Marine term, "Ooh-rah."
From a stage near the track before the drivers' introductions, Romney told the crowd, “This is quintessentially American.”
Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum did not attend the race, but his campaign sponsored car No. 26, to be driven by veteran driver Tony Raines.