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Christian McCaffrey accelerating pace of becoming face of Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Christian McCaffrey’s life in sports has been all about speed, but the Carolina Panthers running back had never experienced it the way he did on Sunday, when he served as an honorary pace car driver, leading 38 cars with 750 horsepower each to the green flag for the start of the Coca-Cola 600.

Austin Dillon, the driver of the iconic No. 3 car, wouldn’t have been surprised had his good buddy tried to race the field in the pace car.

“He’s aggressive and tenacious, man," Dillon said with a laugh.