Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is currently on a 50-state tour of the United States and decided to partake in a rather appropriate activity when visiting NASCAR’s home state of South Carolina: going for a ride in a NASCAR stock car with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Zuckerberg is hoping to become familiarized with the diverse cultures and groups that make up America with his nationwide tour. The New York-native doesn’t know much about the racing world and was hoping to learn a thing or two with his visit to Charlotte, which included a stop at Hendrick motorsports’ race shop and taking a lap around Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“NASCAR and driving and sports in general form the basis of a lot of communities,” Zuckerberg told NASCAR.com. “You think about not only the community of drivers and the families around them, but NASCAR’s probably, I think, the biggest sport in the country that people go to and attend live.
“I have this big belief with Facebook and what we’re doing to help people try to build community that we all need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and certainly all the fans — I think you have three million fans on Facebook who follow Dale Jr. For them, NASCAR’s a huge part of their identity and a lot of people pin their hopes on you going out and winning.”
See how Zuckerberg reacted to his ride with Earnhardt Jr. in the video embedded below. We don’t want to ruin it for you, but we think his thoughts on the experience can be summed up by his initial reaction to Dale accelerating: Holy sh*t!