No, not that King. Richard Petty did not strap into his famous, baby blue STP #43. No, this King... the new King of Daytona is John King.
Thirty two of the thirty six drivers on the International Region grid were from Australia or New Zealand, making this a true "down under" Daytona 500. Despite this massive advantage, the winner of the race is a man who hales from Malaysia. John King, team boss at Kinetic was, on this day, "The King" at Daytona. He spent 120 laps at the point of the field and was never far from teammates as Kinetic created what was ultimately an impenetrable wall that kept John on one side and the competition on the other.
In oval racing there is no race that requires; team work, teammates, and team tactics more than the Daytona 500 and Kinetic employed them all perfectly.
If you missed a moment, V8sonline covered it all brilliantly here.
1st - John King
2nd - Samuel Harris
3rd - Reilly Blyth
As for the championship, John King has taken the lead in the International Pro field, but only by a slim 6 points over Christopher Norton. Kinetic has three drivers in the top 4 and now also leads the constructors race by a whopping 200 points over Evolution Racing and KRF Motorsports currently holds down the third and final invite to the LMP1 class at Le Mans.
Next up is the Copper World Classic at Phoenix. Everyone will be out of their element and we will get even more clarity as to who is the International Region's best all around driver.