Chip Ganassi Racing and Jamie McMurray had a special guest in their Victory Lane celebration – Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera.
Team part-owner Felix Sabates joked Rivera needed to come to more of the team’s races in the future.
“It’s all new to me but what I thought was real interesting was to watch the teamwork they use, watching how the pit crew worked and got the car back out on the track as fast as possible and the synchronization with which they worked,” Rivera told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio in an interview in Victory Lane.
“I was looking at it from that perspective and playing a football game. I tried to take something out of it. It was exciting and neat.”
Rivera said getting the at-track experience of a NASCAR race was far better than watching on TV.
“You get the real flavor of the excitement,” he said. “When the team has a great pit stop, they’re excited and when they have a bad one, they’re on each other talking about ‘We need to do better.’”