Patriots offensive coordinator to drive NASCAR pace car
LOUDON — From helping the Patriots comeback from 28-3 to serving as the official pace car driver in this year's NASCAR Cup Series, Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels gets to do it all.
The Patriots offensive coordinator will be serving at the official pace car driver for the Overton's 301 Monster Energy NASCAR CUP Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway before pulling down pit road as 40 cars speed down to start the race on July 16.
"I enjoy NASCAR and love coming up to New Hampshire Motor Speedway whenever I get a chance,” McDaniels said. “Driving the pace car to start the race is about as exciting as it gets. I know we have had players at the Patriots take a turn in the pace car, and I heard how much they enjoyed the experience. I look forward to my chance to do it. It will be fun to spend the day at the track.”
McDaniels has been with the Patriots for 13 seasons, eight of those serving as the offensive coordinator. In eight seasons as the Pats offensive coordinator, McDaniels has guided the offense to six Top 10 rankings, including the NFL’s No. 1 ranked offense in 2007 and 2012.
McDaniels’ play-calling was instrumental in the Patriots rallying back from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit in February’s Super Bowl. New England tied the game late and eventually won in overtime.
“You can’t go wrong with a New England Patriot starting your race and being there at the end of it, too,” said David McGrath, executive vice president and general manager of the speedway. “Josh is one of the most well-respected football coaches in the country and I think he is the perfect person to lead the field to green on July 16.”
McDaniels is the first Patriots coach and fourth member of the Patriots to get behind the wheel of the Toyota Camry Pace Car for a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
For more details on how you can see Josh McDaniels drive the pace car ncluding the July Overton’s 301 and September ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekends, stop by Fan Relations, visit the speedway website at www.nhms.com, or call (603) 783-4931.