McCarron to drive pace car for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499
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Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. (File photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron. (File photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
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TALLADEGA — Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron will serve as honorary pace car driver for the Aaron’s 499, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.

McCarron, a Mobile native, will get behind the wheel of a special Ford Mustang GT, the race’s official pace car, and will lead the field of 43 cars around Talladega’s 33-degree banking before the start of the race.

“I have enjoyed races at Talladega before and have always had a passion to get up to speed on the track,” the two-time national champion quarterback said. “This is an incredible opportunity, and to be able to do it in front of the most famous drivers in the world, is something I am really looking forward to.”

Prior to the start of the annual A-Day spring game on April 21, McCarron and his teammates saw an unveiling of a special Alabama National Championship paint scheme of Michael Waltrip’s No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota, which will race in the Aaron’s 499.

“AJ has had such amazing success at Alabama, and that is known all over the country,” Talladega Superspeedway chairman Grant Lynch said. “We know the drivers and fans are going to be excited to have him here for the Aaron’s 499.

“I’m sure, as soon as the crowd sees him in our Ford Mustang GT Pace Car, there’s going to be a lot of noise made.”

McCarron has quarterbacked the Crimson Tide to two consecutive Bowl Chamnpionship Series titles. Alabama is the only school to win consecutive BCS titles.

McCarron amassed a combined passer rating of 158.2 in those two BCS championship games. Since the 1950’s, only three other QB’s have won two straight national titles.

McCarron led the nation in passing efficiency in 2012, completing 67.2 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards and a school-record 30 touchdown passes, with three interceptions. Over the last two years, he has thrown 46 touchdown passes and eight interceptions.
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