Santorum to Daytona Driver: Race Like Me
Tony Raines is given the 'Santorum strategy'
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2012 4:59 PM CST
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 27, 2012, in Lansing, Mich.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Is Rick Santorum the role model for winning the Daytona 500? That's what he told NASCAR driver Tony Raines before tonight's race: Use the "Santorum strategy," the Republican presidential candidate said today on Fox News. "Hang back and let the other cars in front get in wrecks ... or drop out of the race and then move up at the end." That's sort of how Santorum has fared against front-runner Mitt Romney, surging from behind to make it a two-man Republican race, USA Today reports.

Mitt Romney visited Daytona yesterday, in part because his campaign is sponsoring Raines' No. 26 Ford Fusion—a "pretty spiffy" car, said Romney. Asked about his love for racing, Romney said he doesn't follow it "as closely as some of the most ardent fans. But I have some great friends that are NASCAR team owners." They're donors too, it turns out: The Public Campaign Action Fund has identified NASCAR executives and owners who donate to Romney's campaign. The rain-delayed race is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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magnificenthack
Feb 28, 2012 11:09 AM CST
Why would he tell a race car driver to lose?
HMunster
Feb 28, 2012 8:09 AM CST
THIS JUST IN: TMZ Footage of Rick Sanctimonium behind the wheel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAJnS5qkaKg
SPHeroid
Feb 27, 2012 10:29 PM CST
" Hang back....move up at the end...surging from behind ..."..... Way too easy....