Auburn's Gus Malzahn leads field at Talladega as honorary pace car driver

sports@ledger-enquirer.comMay 4, 2014 

Gus Malzahn, head coach of the Auburn Tigers football team, led NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in their first lap as the honorary pace car driver of the Aaron’s 499 on May 4, 2014 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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Gus Malzahn had never been to a NASCAR race prior to Sunday.

Judging by his comments afterward, Auburn's coach enjoyed the experience.

"I have a new respect for @NASCAR drivers and what they do!," Malzahn tweeted. "Thanks @TalladegaSuperS for a great time! #AuburnFast."

The coach made the tweet after he had stepped out of the Ford Fusion pace car, which he had the chance to pilot around the 2.66-mile track as an honorary pace car driver prior to the start of Sunday's Aaron's 499.

Malzahn also took part in other pre-race festivities along with Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, who served as the race's Grand Marshal.

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