Nascar's famous Daytona 500 is gearing up for the 2007 season, and it appears that the contestants will consist of the young-- as well as old. In fact, 72-year-old racing veteran James Hylton is preparing to take the stage.
At his age, he is without a doubt the oldest contestant to ever appear in the event, beating out the former holder of that title, then 61-year-old Dave Marcis. He says that financial constraints have prevented him from racing, but not anymore.
He made his racing debut over 40 years ago, in 1964. He is aware of the odds against him in such an event, but to him, that isn't the point. "At my age, the odds against me are astronomical but it's a challenge and I love a good challenge," he said.