Robert Mathis loves everything Indianapolis.
He retired from football after a storybook 14-year career with the Colts, but the former linebacker will still be a regular at Indianapolis sporting events – cheering on the Colts, the Pacers, and his favorite IndyCar racers.
On Saturday, he’ll have the best seat in the house for the IndyCar Grand Prix – behind the wheel of the 2017 Corvette Stingray Coupe Pace Car.
Asked about the experience by 1070 The Fan’s Dan Dakich on Thursday, Mathis said it was a dream come true.
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“I kind of stumbled upon it. I was talking to one of the head guys on the team and they just kind of threw it out there and I was like, ‘Man, that’s actually something that’s on my bucket list. And I’ll be heavily honored if that happens.’ So, they went forward with it – nice little retirement present for me.”
He said he’s had a few practice sessions and it’s been an eye-opening experience.
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“It’s very intense, man. I always had respect for racecar – NASCAR, IndyCar drivers, but it’s on a whole new level now.”
It was speed that made Mathis so dangerous on the field. And with eight speeds and 460 horsepower, he’s had no trouble finding speed on the track.
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“I have to keep it between 70 and 80, but they allowed me to get it up to like 140 and it was an adrenaline rush.”
Dakich asked if that was the fastest he’s ever driven a car before.
“No, it wasn’t. But we’re not going to get into that,” he laughed.
On Saturday, Colts fans will have one more opportunity to cheer on their beloved linebacker, Robert Mathis, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s something he doesn’t take for granted – the opportunity or the fans.
“I’m thankful for it and I’m forever indebted to my city,” he said. “Indy has been nothing but great to me. I’m always here when they need me and I’m going to be here.”
During his retirement press conference, Mathis vowed to stay in Indianapolis.
“I am Indy. Indy is me.”
And there’s nothing more Indy than driving around the greatest racetrack in the world with the fastest drivers in the world chasing you.
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The 4th annual IndyCar Grand Prix will run on Saturday, May 13th at 3:30 PM at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For tickets, go to: http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.
To listen to the entire interview, click here: http://www.1070thefan.com/blogs/dan-dakich-show/how-fast-did-robert-mathis-drive-pace-car-practice-lap-he-told-dd-today.
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