UNC's Fedora to drive pace car in Martinsville
Posted March 4, 2014
Martinsville, Va. — University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill head football coach Larry Fedora will take to the racetrack on March 30 when he drives an honorary pace car prior to the STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Martinsville, Va.
Fedora first visited Martinsville Speedway in 2013, saying he fell in love with the non-stop action and "high-tempo" atmosphere of the short track.
"I'm extremely excited. I really can't tell you how excited I am," Fedora said in a statement. "I've done a ride-along, and I plan on driving a race car one day, but this is the biggest thing for me so far."
Fedora said he spent time with Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. prior to the 2013 STP 500.
"I was in Jeff Gordon’s trailer before the race for the team meeting. It was like a pregame speech. I had no idea it was like that with the pit crews,” he said. “I don’t know all that crew chiefs do, but it’s managing people and getting them excited. That team meeting reminded me of football. It made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.”
Tickets for the STP 500 can be purchased by calling 1-877-7223-849. They can also be purchased online.