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Chris Pratt on NASCAR: 'I am seriously hooked'

July 27, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Chris Pratt on NASCAR: 'I am seriously hooked'
Star of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' paces Brickyard field in a Chevrolet SS

Chris Pratt, star of "Guardians of the Galaxy" in theaters next Friday, August 1, went to his first NASCAR race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Judging from his reaction, it probably won't be his last.

After driving the pace car to start the Crown Royal presents, the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard, Pratt sat on Tony Stewart's pit box and witnessed the No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing team in action on a pit stop.

"I can't believe it's taken me 35 years to see NASCAR in person," Pratt told ESPN. "I am seriously hooked."

He followed up his interview with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series network of record until the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November by tweeting his appreciation for the sport.

The star of NBC's "Parks and Recreation," which is set in Pawnee, Indiana, a two-hour drive south of Speedway, Indiana on Interstate 65, also tweeted about his meeting with drivers before the race.

During Pratt's pace laps in a Chevrolet, which has paced the field for all 21 Brickyard 400s, NASCAR Managing Event Director David Hoots asked the actor, "You still playing for the A's?"

"I am this year," said the actor who portrayed Oakland's Scott Hatteberg in the movie "Moneyball" about the team with the best record in Major League Baseball. "Boy, they're doing good."

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