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Robert Griffin III To Pilot Pace Car At Toyota Owners 400 In Richmond

About a month ago Robert Griffin III told Dale Earnhardt Jr. and President of Richmond International Raceway Dennis Bickmeier he was game to drive the pace car for a NASCAR event.

On Wednesday the track announced it would take the Redskins quarterback at his word.

Griffin III will pilot the Official Pace Car to start the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday in Richmond, Va., where Washington established the Bon Secours Training Center last year.

The signal-caller will lead a field of 43 NASCAR drivers to the Green flag after he trains to drive the Pace Car and visits with two of the world’s most prominent Redskins fans. Earnhardt Jr. will show Griffin III around the track. Three-time Super Bowl champion coach Joe Gibbs – who owns Joe Gibbs Racing – will host the quarterback for a garage tour.

Earnhardt Jr. first floated the idea of bringing Griffin III to a race on March 23.

Bickmeier responded to Junior’s idea with one of his own.

When Griffin III chimed in, his Tweet received more than 300 favorites.

A couple days after the original Tweet from Earnhardt Jr., Bickmeier told the Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog the track would try to get the quarterback involved. On Wednesday, the announcement on RIR’s site began, “It started with a Tweet.”

“I’ve never seen that before,” Bickmeier told Steinberg. “I think that shows the power of social media. It was a really cool interaction, quite frankly, and it just reinforces that Dale Jr. is passionate about the Redskins.”

This is what the car looks like.

Bickmeier is excited, and so am I. We knew Griffin III would return his speed to Richmond, just not so soon.

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ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.