Saturday night, Taylor witnessed cars driving around the Kentucky Speedway at a much faster rate.
Taylor was the honorary pace car driver at the Quaker State 400. The first-year Bengals coach spoke to the media a few hours before driving around Kentucky Speedway. He playfully admitted to feeling a little skittish prior to the race.
âAnxious probably isnât the right word for me right now, but thereâs a little bit of pregame jitters,â Taylor said. âItâs a really unique experience that I know is hard to pass up. Iâm really excited about it.â
Taylor refrained from watching any blooper pace car videos once he received the invitation to drive at the event. He was relieved by the fact that pace car drivers only have to push the gas to about 45 mph.
Saturday evening was Taylorâs first time at a NASCAR race.
Partaking in new ventures in and around Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is something thatâs become important to Taylor as the new coach ingratiates himself with the community and the Bengals fan base.
âItâs good to get out and get a chance to meet a lot of different people. Just to hear what their experiences are,â Taylor said. âSometimes when you isolate yourself in a building and youâre only around other coaches and people that do what you do, you lose a little bit of what the organization means to all these people around here.
âThatâs whatâs great about the offseason. You get a chance to get out and do some stuff like this.â
The Quaker State 400 concludes Taylor’s offseason vacation. Taylor told The Enquirer that he’s already back in the office. He just made an exception to attend his first NASCAR race.Â
“Vacation is done with. We are back in the office now and we’re getting ready, aside from (Saturday),” Taylor said.Â “There’s work to be done, so we’re ready to hit the ground running when players show up.”Â
Taylor and the Bengals begin training camp on July 27.Â
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor follow in Marty Brennaman’s footsteps as pace car driver at the Quaker State 400 in July. Provided, Kentucky Speedway