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Look: NFL Player Will Drive Pace Car For NASCAR Race

MADISON, IL - JUNE 05: A NASCAR Cup Series logo is seen in the pedestrian tunnel during the NASCAR Cup Series Inaugural Enjoy Illinois 300 Presented by TicketSmarter on June 5, 2022, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

MADISON, IL - JUNE 05: A NASCAR Cup Series logo is seen in the pedestrian tunnel during the NASCAR Cup Series Inaugural Enjoy Illinois 300 Presented by TicketSmarter on June 5, 2022, at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

An NFL player will be driving the pace car prior to a Cup race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in a couple of weeks. He's from the area, too. 

New England Patriots center David Andrews has been invited by NASCAR to drive the honorary pace car - a Toyota Camry TRD - prior to the Ambetter 301 NASCAR Cup Series race. 

"Patriots center David Andrews will drive the pace car prior to the Cup race at New Hampshire in a couple of weeks," said Bob Pockrass.

Better yet, this will be a birthday celebration for Andrews. 

In a statement, he revealed he can't think of a better way to be celebrating his 30th birthday. 

“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 30th birthday,” Andrews said in a release on nhms.com. “I’m a big NASCAR fan, but I never dreamed of driving the pace car. Leading the field to green at ‘The Magic Mile’ is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can’t wait to get behind the wheel!”

Andrews will lead the 40 racers to the green flag on Sunday, July 17.