Dallas Cowboys star DeMarcus Ware has made his mark in the National Football League as a seven-time Pro Bowler and one of the most feared pass rushers in the sport. On April 27, Ware ran in some faster circles as a guest of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing driver Juan Pablo Montoya at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Ware participated with Montoya in pre-race ceremonies as the two teamed up with sponsor Depend to help raise awareness in the fight against prostate cancer. Ware met with the media, including NASCAR.com, before the night's event.
What brings you out to the race track this weekend?
You know, I'm a big NASCAR fan and here supporting Juan Montoya. He's out here driving the Depend car and we're really just campaigning for prostate cancer awareness. Being able to be a part of that and looking at some fast cars drive around the track, it's just a great opportunity.
Is this your first NASCAR race?
No, I've been to two of them at the Texas Motor Speedway, so I've seen a lot of adrenaline and thrills out there, so now I'm in Virginia just trying to do the same thing.
How did you become a NASCAR fan?
I mean, really, you have no choice. If you're in Texas, you've got to go to the Texas Motor Speedway. I'm a big car advocate. I like fast cars, so why not go to Texas Motor Speedway and check out what it's about. I've been part of it every once in a while when they have the NASCAR races down there. I go and attend and just do what I can do in the community and helping out.
As a car advocate, do you have a favorite car?
The thing is with me, all of my own cars are my favorites, to be honest with you. Every year, I always build fast cars. Just having the opportunity to go out here and learn about fast cars and engines and learn about the drivers. Now being close with Depend and with Juan Montoya, this is like my first driver to where you're like, "I know that guy." It's just a great opportunity to team up with him and see how he's driving and how he's doing.
Have you ever tried to race?
No, I've never tried to race before. I've gone around the track in pace cars, but every once in a while, I'll get my (Nissan) GT-R out -- it's like a thousand horsepower -- and I'll take it down the track sometimes. I don't really race too much; I just like the adrenaline rush of going from 0-to-60 as fast as I can.
Do you ever take it on the highway and count on being DeMarcus Ware keeping you out of trouble?
You know I do have a radar detector on it, so I haven't gotten caught yet. But no, it's all about being safe. You learn from the guys who do it professionally, like Juan. They know what they're doing, just being able to watch them do their deal.
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