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Alabama Crimson Tide Gets NASCAR Paint Scheme At Talladega

The day is finally here when a football team is showing up in the paint scheme of a NASCAR ride. Michael Waltrip will drive his #55 this weekend in the Aarron’s 499 at Talladega track with that nice little “Roll Tide” and a national champions logo on the hood.

The race will also feature Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron in the pace car.

“He’ll get behind the wheel and go up on the bank and lead the field at a slower pace to get the race started,” Talladega Superspeedway director of public relations Russell Branham said. “One lap before they get ready to go green, he’ll peel off and drive back to the garage area.”

Yes, Saban is OK with this.

“We talked about it. When I rode in the pace car they only went 55, and he told me he was driving,” UA coach Nick Saban joked. “I said, ‘Look, you need to let someone else drive and go 55.’”

Expect Bama fans to lose their minds when they realize they’re rooting for a Japanese Camry.

[via @bobpockrass]

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