Late-night comedian Jay Leno, and Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon were both at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30th to unveil plans for Leno to drive the pace car for the Brickyard 400.
"It's probably easier to teach him how to be a race car driver than it would be for me to be a comedian," Gordon quipped.
Gordon, a two time winner of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, helped Chevrolet make the announcement that Leno would be driving a Monte Carlo to pace the field. After the announcement, the two went joy-riding around the 2.5 mile superspeedway with Leno at the wheel and Gordon in the passenger seat.
"Jay has a lead foot, let me just say that," said Gordon. "We were doing 120 down the backstraight, and I was like 'Okay, he's going to slow down...Jay, you're going to slow down...JAY, JAY, you're going to slow down?'"
"He kept trying to brake on the floor, so I don't know," said Leno of Jeff Gordon. "He's a horrible passenger. He's always whining, complaining, changing the radio station."
Gordon did get the last word, however.
"We have a head and neck restraint that we wear out there, and we call it the HANS device. We're going to get Jay a HANCH device - a head, and neck, and chin device."