Without even a clue what the term means, the on-air Fox Sports 1 & 2 and one online streaming commentators, proclaimed drivers were in “the catbird seat” during the prestigious 24 hour endurance race held at Daytona International Speedway.
Several variations were used, hence showcasing the broadcasters insecurities using the term. “Code-bird, Cot-bird, Cake-bird and Co-bird” were uttered at one point or another during both the television and online race coverage. It is not known if this term was forced upon the on-air talent by the ghosts of past southern stock car racing experts or if they threw caution to the wind and chose this term on their own. Nonetheless, they fell shy of the world record of 651 mentions, held by former NASCAR crew chief Larry McReynolds during the 2005 Daytona 500.
In fact, when Blackbeard was beheaded 300 years ago, they hoped that the term would be gone forever.
Many drivers unknowingly came close to being in position, only to let the opportunity slip through their fingers … like a small sparrow falling from its warm and cuddly nest into the clamping jaws of a sabertoothed tigeress.
Congratulations to all the winners. More information on the race and full results can be found at IMSA.com