Peyton Manning Kept Those Hands at 10 And 2 While Driving The Daytona 500 Pace Car

Peyton Manning is leading us to green! #DAYTONA500

— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 18, 2018

If you thought Peyton Manning was going to hop into the Daytona 500 pace car this afternoon like he was Paul Newman, cool as a cucumber, you were sorely mistaken. I can’t blame him, but Peyton looked a little rattled here.

The announcer pointed out the death grip he had on that wheel while going around those steep turns, but also notice the day 1 driver’s ed training that Peyton has going here. Perfect 10 and 2 hand placement. He might’ve been nervous, but the technique was flawless.

I can imagine trying to have a conversation on national TV isn’t the easiest when you’re going around the track. Manning got his cliches in there, but you could tell he was a little uneasy.

“I’ve been upright, I’ve been on my back. I’ve never been sideways before. so this is a little different.”

“I didn’t realize these guys were going to be quite so close to me”

Rolling in the pace car @DISupdates with Peyton Manning behind the wheel @DISupdates @PeytonManningFC #SPEEDWEEK2018 #racingradios

— Racing Radios® (@RacingRadios) February 18, 2018

Outside of driving the pace car, he’s been hanging out with the Dale Jr. and the 88 crew as the new driver of the 88 car, Alex Bowman, takes over. Looks like Rick Hendrick may have given him a few pointers before he hit the track.

#DAYTONA500 pace car driver Peyton Manning getting a quick pep talk from Rick Hendrick.. with enough time to flash a wave my way

— swatt (@LexiSwatt) February 18, 2018

Keep in mind Manning is doing all of this with Fox, who is apparently trying to sign him as an NFL game analyst

From the New York Post:

Meanwhile, Manning is the first person Fox wants to talk to about its Thursday night package that it just acquired for a reported $3.3 billion for five years. This weekend, Manning is scheduled to drive the pace car at the Daytona 500, which will be televised by Fox. Top Fox executives will be at the event.

Just thought I’d mention it. Hmmmmm.

I asked Peyton Manning if he had any comments on his future.. his response: "I'm about to drive this pace car that's my future." .. about as Peyton as it gets

— Matthew Mayer (@MatthewMayerCBS) February 18, 2018