Mitt Romney is now a NASCAR fan. Anybody want to have a beer with him? Oh wait, I meant a diet coke …

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP)—Two days away from a critical primary in Michigan, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney detoured to Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Romney visited the track for a few hours before the scheduled start of the Daytona 500. He spoke briefly at the pre-race drivers’ meeting and spent time walking around the garage and pit areas, shaking hands and taking photographs with fans.

Asked if he would be rooting for something bad to happen to the No. 26 car being sponsored by Republican rival Rick Santorum’s campaign, Romney laughed, saying, “I hope all the cars have a good race.”

I suppose the fact that the biggest race of the season was rained out today had nothing to do with Romney’s appearance in Daytona and probably shouldn’t be mentioned by anyone (unless you’re Rick Santorum that is).