LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is trying his hand at NASCAR and it’s all thanks to Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Griffin has been tapped to drive the pace car for Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. But before he leads a field of 43 drivers, Griffin will go through pace car training, according to the track.

Naturally, he’ll also spend some time with Joe Gibbs who has excelled as a NASCAR team owner since leaving the Redskins on two occasions.

Earnhardt, arguably NASCAR’s most popular driver and a lifelong Redskins fan, suggested that RIR track officials get the quarterback involved in the race festivities.

About a month ago, he tweeted that Griffin should serve as Grand Marshall of the race. Shortly thereafter, RIR president Dennis Bickmeir tweeted that he would “love to have him involved” and asked whether Griffin could drive the pace car.

Earnhardt responded that he thought the quarterback could handle the job.

And about an hour after that, Griffin tweeted to Earnhardt that he was down.

Here is the full exchange that led to the potential RGIII-NASCAR crossover:


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