S.I.M Rating: 7.2 out of 10 (2 Votes)
Cast: Scott Cohen, Jorja Fox, David Angelo
A down-on-his-luck race-car driver's lifelong dream to compete in "The Great American Race" is the subject of 3 Weeks to Daytona, a racing-action film starring Scott Cohen, Rip Torn and Jorja Fox. The movie is produced, directed and written by Bret Stern.
Once a promising driver, Chuck Weber (Cohen) is now a lowly airport limo driver, but he still dreams of taking laps at NASCAR's premier event, the Daytona 500. A friendly, likable fellow, Chuck shares his aspirations with his girlfriend Cheryl (Fox), who also happens to moonlight as Weber's crew chief as he competes on NASCAR's dog-eat-dog lower tier. Despite mediocre performances on the circuit, Chuck manages to impress the owner of one of the dirt tracks he frequents, eventually leading to his "one big shot" at realizing his dream. Veteran actor Rip Torn is standout in the role of the brusque yet lovable Sal, the proprietor of the Speedbowl Race Track.
Not high-budgeted or splashy, 3 Weeks To Daytona nonetheless presents a realistic look at the often unglamorous underbelly of stock-car racing, while impressing upon the viewers the importance and benefits of having a dream and relentlessly pursuing it.