Racecar driver Juan Pablo Montoya stopped by the NovaCare Complex on his way to Pocono Raceway to meet DE Fletcher Cox and take him for a spin. View the full gallery here...
Defensive end Fletcher Cox is a man of many talents and passions, both on and off the football field. Cox found a love for cars very early in life thanks to his late brother, Shaddrick, who was a full-time mechanic. While Cox was learning the game of football, he was also learning the ins and outs of cars, and began to build on both passions. His first car was a 1992 Oldsmobile 88, but it didn't take long for him to transition to his first sports car, a 1999 Trans Am.
After growing up around cars, it was only natural that Cox's eyes lit up when he heard about IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya's recent visit to the NovaCare Complex.
"At first, when they told me I was going to be doing it I said, 'Well, why not!'" said Cox. "I finally saw him and I got kind of star struck."
For someone like Cox who grew up around cars, it was a dream come true to meet a world-renowned driver like Montoya. Cox is the owner of six cars himself, three of which he drives daily, and three are race cars – a 1992 Mustang named Gold Dust, a 1979 Malibu and Cox's favorite, a 1969 Camaro named Blue Bayou. Originally, Cox raced the cars, but after some time in the NFL he decided it would be best to leave the driving up to the professionals.
Although Cox and Montoya could talk for hours about their racing experiences and respective sports, it was clear that they both were itching to get behind the wheel of Montoya's car sitting outside the NovaCare Complex.
With a quick rev of the engine, Montoya and Cox headed to the adjacent parking lot where Cox received the thrill of a lifetime from one of the racing's best. Montoya used the lot as his own personal racetrack, weaving in and out of light poles, and drifting around corners to put the second-team All-Pro lineman on edge.
"It was a pleasure," said Cox. "Just to watch him in that car and to see how focused he was, doing donuts and all. One time we got a little too close to one of those poles and … It was good I'll tell you what!"