NCAA Division One basketball champions the Louisville Cardinals will receive a unique honour at a NASCAR race later this month.
Brian Vickers will have his No.55 Toyota painted in red, white and black for the Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race on June 29th, with the team’s bird mascot also going on the hood of the car and his racing overalls.
It’s a move that’s certainly got the seal of approval from Cards head coach Rick Pitino, who is looking forward to seeing the team’s colours flying around the circuit at the end of the month.
"I know how many Louisville basketball fans are NASCAR fans, and like them I'm looking forward to seeing the car on the track," he said, according to Kentucky.com.
"I think one of those die-cast cars might eventually make it to my office. I've seen the paint scheme and it's really sharp."
It’s not the first time Michael Waltrip Racing have paid tribute to the national champions, with the man himself driving a University of Kentucky-themed car following the Wildcats’ victory over Kansas.
It will be the honour of Vickers to drive this year’s version, and the 29-year-old is hoping some of the winning university mentality brushes off on his efforts at Kentucky Speedway.
"I'm a big fan of sports in general so to have the national champions on board is a huge honour. They are winners and it's always cool to surround yourself with success. Our goal is to make them proud,” the driver concluded.
Either way, he’s certainly made himself some new fans in the Louisville area of America.