Isner Experiences Life in the Vegas Fast Lane
by ATP Staff|
Big-serving American John Isner served as an honorary pit crew member of the No. 45 team driven by Kyle Petty during Sunday's UAW-400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Greensboro, N.C., native was accompanied by his coach, Brandon Wagner, at the race track.
Isner received a tour of the No. 45 hauler and the Sprint Cup Series garage, met with Kyle Petty and joined the rest of the No. 45 Wells Fargo team in the pits for the race, where Petty finished 32nd of 43 drivers.
"Growing up in North Carolina and having that North Carolina connection to the Pettys (family), it was a dream come true to meet Kyle Petty," Isner said. "I've been to three or four NASCAR races before, but never had a chance to experience a race to this magnitude, being a part of a race team and being up close and personal.
"There a lot of similarities between NASCAR and tennis, where both sports call for you to be mentally focused and tough. I think you probably need to be a little more mentally tough to be a NASCAR driver, because of the speeds they are driving and how close the cars are to each other."