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UNC's Fedora to drive pace car in Martinsville

Posted March 4, 2014

On Tuesday, they did the NASCAR thing at Charlotte Motor Speedway where Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham tweeted a photo of head football coach Larry Fedora with a UNC-themed car. (Source: Twitter / BubbaUNC)

— 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.


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  • Jeanne Gunn Mar 5, 2014
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    I can see Fedora really enjoying this experience - it fits his high octane personality.

  • Doc Holliday Mar 4, 2014

    Good stuff....Fedora will enjoy the experience. Had the pleasure of attending a Martinsville race last year, hung out in the pit area, had a great time. One of my favorite tracks.

  • KT donated a coloring book to ke Mar 4, 2014

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    top program in the U.S.? The AP, Coaches, Kenpom, etc. are all laughing hysterically at you.

  • coachkayhasmrsa Mar 4, 2014

    even Nascar wants to be associated with the top program in the us. i bet gottfried is looking forward to the farm show.

  • KT donated a coloring book to ke Mar 4, 2014

    He's just test driving new models for the Wheelz 4 Heels program.

  • Carameltoe Mar 4, 2014

    Car supplied by Fats Thomas. PJ Hairston will be allowed to ride in the passenger seat, but will not be allowed to bring weed or firearms.

  • wkmeekins Mar 4, 2014

    I'd put him in the wall

  • Mike Day Mar 4, 2014
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    Fedora is going to drive a UNC car at a Virginia NASCAR race…OK? Go Heels!

  • vt94hokies Mar 4, 2014

    Pretty special stuff. I enjoyed reading this article too.

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