Larry Fitzgerald drives pace car at NASCAR championship in Phoenix

Nov 6, 2022, 2:13 PM

Former NFL player Larry Fitzgerald Jr. waves to fans as he walks onstage prior to the NASCAR fa pri...

Former NFL player Larry Fitzgerald Jr. waves to fans as he walks onstage prior to the NASCAR fa prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway on November 06, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald was on the track at Phoenix Raceway Sunday, driving the pace car for NASCAR’s championship race.

Fitzgerald has run away from plenty of defenders on the football field, but he expected driving around a race track ahead of the roar of NASCAR’s top racers to be a whole other experience. He promised he’d keep the car on the rails, which he did.

“Even doing 60 miles per hour around the track and seeing those bends, it’s a little nerve-wracking,” Fitzgerald told NBC before the event. “I can feel the adrenaline just doing the pre-laps.”

He said on the “Let’s Go” podcast that he has a greater appreciation for racing after spending time in the car, noting the talent of the drivers and crews are.

Fitzgerald said he first rode as a passenger in a race car in 2003 while at Pittsburgh ahead of the Continental Tire Bowl in Charlotte.

“It’s a unique sport.”

Fitzgerald is still very prominent in the Phoenix community after his playing days. He was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame recently and is the executive chair of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee.

He did his job on the track to get the race underway:

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