Last year, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan lit up the crowd at Sonoma Raceway, serving as Grand Marshal for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Cup Series race. This year, another Niner participated in the event. Linebacker Fred Warner was on hand to pilot the factory Toyota Camry car in the 10-turn race, driving 40 vehicles to the green flag.

“I can’t wait to do this,” Warner said in anticipation of the opportunity, according to a statement issued by Sonoma Raceway. “I’ve always enjoyed NASCAR, and getting the opportunity to lead the field at an incredible track like Sonoma will be one of the highlights of my life.”

Below is a video of Warner getting out of the pace car (h/t Logan Reardon, NBC Sports), along with others from the event.

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is part of the NASCAR Cup Series, one of seven Cup Series events. It features a race of almost 219 miles and a track that is just under two miles long. Sonoma Raceway has hosted stock car racing events since 1989.

Warner’s 49ers are officially on a bye until training camp begins late next month. The team wrapped up its mandatory minicamp last week and canceled the final week of the offseason program to allow more time off before the rigors of preparing for the 2022 regular season.