Richmond Raceway has announced Michael Rooker as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the TOYOTA OWNERS 400 on Saturday, April 21. Known to motor sports fans for his role as Rowdy Burns in Days of Thunder, Rooker will lead the field to green in the Official Toyota Camry Pace Car for the spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race under the lights.
“I am grateful for the chance to get behind the wheel to lead NASCAR’s best to the green flag at America’s Premier Short Track,” said Rooker. “As someone who was raised in NASCAR country, I’ve always appreciated fans asking about my portrayal of Rowdy Burns in ‘Days of Thunder’. As I return to Richmond Raceway, I can unequivocally state that I agree with Robert Duvall’s character Harry Hogge in the film that said, ‘rubbin, son, is racin’.”
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