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Redskins QB Robert Griffin III Will Drive Pace Car at Richmond

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will drive the pace car at NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday.

Griffin III will go through pace car training with Dale Earnhardt Jr. this week, the raceway announced on Wednesday.

The former Heisman trophy winner was recruited by Earnhardt Jr. via Twitter last month and will also take a garage tour with NASCAR team owner and former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs.

Griffin burst onto the scene in 2012 with his electrifying play, and led the Redskins to an NFC East title. Still, the team fell apart in 2013 and Griffin struggled due to his recovery from a torn ACL as well as friction with former head coach Mike Shanahan.

The Redskins hired head coach Jay Gruden during the offseason to help improve on a 3-13 record last year.

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