The Kentucky basketball coach is the honorary pace car official for the Quaker State 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Calipari is a front-seat passenger in the Ford Fusion that will lead the 43-car field to the green flag on June 29 but looks forward to setting the fast pace similar to what he seeks from the Wildcats' offense.
Calipari said in a release Thursday that leading the high-speed field is like "walking out in the Final Four and having your team behind you. ... The speed of it is what gets everybody hyped."
Brian Vickers' No. 55 Toyota, sporting the colors of rival Louisville, should also rev up race fans.