The Tide is set to roll, literally, at Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway. First, two-time national championship-winning quarterback AJ McCarron will have the honor of driving the pace car prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup event, according to the Associated Press.
McCarron will serve as honorary pace car driver Sunday, leading the field around the track before Sunday’s Aaron’s 499. He’ll drive a special Ford Mustang GT.
He says he’s watched races at Talladega before and has “always had a passion to get up to speed on the track.”
But wait, there’s more. NASCAR superstar Michael Waltrip will be paying homage to a football program that has won three of the nation’s last four national titles by taking a special edition car with him onto the track for Sunday’s race.
That’s right, Tide Nation, Waltrip is going to be bobbing, weaving and drifting in between cars in a one-of-a-kind Alabama ride.
Michael Waltrip’s No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota will sport an Alabama national championship paint scheme. McCarron and the Tide players got a look at the car before their spring game.
Seriously, how cool is this if you’re a Bama fan?
If Alabama’s history is any indication, Waltrip could be in for a good day by rocking a Crimson Tide-themed car. Who knows, he may just be doing laps around the rest of the field once the checkered flag is finally set to fly.