Peyton Manning took a detour from the football field to the race track this weekend, as he drove the pace car for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500.
He gave somewhat of a nervous interview to FOX Sports while making a lap around the track ahead of the fastest stock cars in the world. But that only added to the hilarity.
“I’ve never been sideways before,” Manning said as he drove the car around one of the turns, banked at 31 degrees.
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Despite the white-knuckle driving, he seemed to be having a lot of fun.
“I didn’t realize these guys were going to be quite so close to me,” Manning said with a laugh. “What a cool environment to be a part of.”
Austin Dillon ended up winning the event at Daytona International Speedway, the first Daytona 500 victory of his career. Bubba Wallace and Denny Hamlin filled out the podium.
Manning was in the news earlier this week, as the former NFL star is being pursued by both ESPN and FOX to have a role in their NFL coverage for the 2018 season. ESPN is reportedly being more aggressive, and they have a spot to fill after Jon Gruden left the Monday Night Football franchise for the Oakland Raiders.
Manning has yet to publicly say he’s interested in moving into television, but the opportunity is there if he wants it. Based on how he was able to multitask at Daytona on Sunday, he should be just fine calling an NFL game.