INDIANAPOLIS --- Colts Punter Pat McAfee was the best at his craft last season, earning All-Pro honors in the NFL, but last weekend, McAfee had a new coach, as he learned how to drive the pace car for the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
In the video released by Indianapolis Motor Speedway on its YouTube page, McAfee got behind the wheel with Arie Luyendyk, who won both the 1990 and 1997 Indianapolis 500s. Luyendyk's average speed record set in the 1990 Indy 500 lasted 23 years, until Tony Kanaan broke it in 2013.
"In football I have Adam Vinatieri, who is my mentor really. He's the greatest of all time. He's going to get in the Hall of Fame" McAfee told IMS. "Then, my first time ever in a race car really driving it, I get a chance to have Arie Luyendyk tell me what to do. They set me up for success here. If I fail it's completely my fault."
Pace car practice and the race went well for McAfee. "I feel like I'm going to drive around (I-)465 better now," McAfee told Luyendyk, to which one of the all-time great open-wheel race car drivers had the perfect response.
"465 is easy. It goes straight all the way."