Great Race 2023 – Day 1 – St. Augustine, FL to Tifton, GA

June 24, 2023

The day has finally come! It’s the start of the 2023 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Coker Tire. Today, thousands of spectators came out to Francis Field in St. Augustine, Florida to watch more than 120 teams take the green flag. We had sunny skies and a nice breeze during the green flag ceremony, but we did experience a heavy downpour as the racers made their way to the rally starting point. From there, a few more showers came through, but the majority of the afternoon route was sunny and dry. Much of today’s route was straight and flat, with long stretches of pine trees as we crossed over into Georgia. We were excited for our evening stop in Tifton, Georgia, as we have experienced the hospitality of the small South Georgia town in the past. We last visited Tifton in 2017, and this year’s stop was just as impressive. A great crowd came out to welcome the racers to town and we were treated to some of the BEST country cooking we’ve ever had on the race. At the end of the day, it was Olivia and Genna Gentry taking the daily overall win with an astonishing score of 1.62 seconds. Tomorrow we head to Alabama…be sure to follow along with us here on the website for daily updates, and go follow our action on the Great Race Instagram page and the Great Race Facebook page.

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