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CONCORD, N.C. – Last weekend was a momentous one for Alex Bowman.

His first race as the full-time driver of the No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

His first Daytona 500 as a member of Hendrick Motorsports

And he was set to start on the pole, no less.

There was a lot to take in before the race even began, including a meeting with five-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning.

HendrickMotorsports.com was there to chronicle it all in the leadup to Bowman taking the green flag for the 60th running of “The Great American Race.”

Take a look at the video above for unique insight into the life of a NASCAR Cup Series driver on a very important race day.