Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron continues to break new ground at his position. The two-time, defending national championship field general will lead an different group of guys this weekend. McCarron will drive the pace car prior to the start of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega.

As the honorary pace car driver on Sunday, McCarron will lead the field of drivers in a Ford Mustang GT. The race begins at 12:00 p.m. CT, 30 minutes after driver introductions.

The University of Alabama football team will have another connection to the race. Driver Michael Waltrip will be behind the wheel of the number 55 Aaron's Toyota, which will have a back-to-back national championship paint scheme. The car was on display before the A-Day game on April 20.