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