Robert Griffin III is excited about being the honorary pace car drive at the Richmond NASCAR race on Saturday.
“It’ll be fun, I’ll get a chance to drive that pace car,” he told CSN Washington on Friday.
He doesn’t know what his role will be in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday night. “I’m not sure,” he said. “I have to go through training and everything so we’ll see what happens.”
The Redskins franchise quarterback wanted to make sure that Jay Gruden, Bruce Allen, and company know that he’s not going to go wild behind the wheel and that he plans on wearing a fire suit. “I won’t be driving too fast,” he said, laughing. “I’m going to wear everything. I might have to wear bubble wrap, these guys [Allen and Gruden] are going to freak out. “
The idea of Griffin participating in the event evolved from a Twitter conversation between him, driver and Redskins fan Dale Earnhardt Jr. and RIR president Dennis Brickmeier last month.
“I felt it’s an honor to be asked to do something like that,” said Griffin. “Dale’s a good friend and he’s a huge Redskins fan. He thought it would be great for both sports, for NASCAR and for football and for the Redskins fans. I think it will be really cool, it will be my first NASCAR experience.”