In a marriage that really makes little sense at all, superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather owns a NASCAR race team.
Now, to be clear, Mayweather doesn’t appear to be very active in the day-to-day operations of The Money Team Racing and the car has run just four races in two years.
But Mayweather’s team has qualified for each of the four events it has attempted to run, including improbably making the field for this Sunday’s Daytona 500.
IndyCar driver Connor Daly got behind the wheel of the car for the second team this week. But before he could even get on track the team had issues.
An electric problem burnt a hole in the oil line, meaning Daly could not make a qualifying attempt. That led to him starting dead last in one of the two Daytona 500 qualifying races.
But that was just the start of the issues.
Bro Daly’s car is bouncing like a madman #DAYTONA500 pic.twitter.com/GmoKiq7nSQ
— Jett Kraus (@JettMDK) February 17, 2023
Prior to the start of the qualifying race, Daly’s car began violently bouncing up and down with a suspension issue. The team seemed to fix the issue enough to run, but Daly was still way off the pace.
“I can’t even see the dashboard; the car is vibrating so bad. Is this normal?” Daly radioed back to his crew chief, Tony Eury, Jr. – via Forbes
He quickly fell well off the pace and way behind the pack. Though at Daytona, sometimes that can be a blessing in disguise. Such was the case for Daly.
Later on in the race, a massive accident involving leader Kyle Busch took out a number of cars, including Daly’s competition for the final starting spot, Austin Hill and Travis Pastrana.
That meant all Daly needed to do was finish the race. He did just that, and for the second time in as many tries, Floyd Mayweather had a Daytona 500 qualifier.
Daly was just as surprised as everyone else.
“I’m sure none of you expected to see me here,” Daly said afterwards. “We changed everything but the color of the car in the race. It was pretty wild to start. I thought it was broken immediately, but we just kind of kept going.
“Honestly, we took advantage of luck,” Daly said. “It was very lucky, but I’ll take it all the time because we got better and better as we raced, and I learned a lot at a high rate of speed.” – via Forbes
Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good.