NASCAR driver takes to the sea with Coast Guard


WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — NASCAR Driver Alex Bowman made a pit stop at Wrightsville Beach Thursday to spend some time with the US Coast Guard.

“Definitely different, you know, much different driving with a joystick than with a steering wheel and pedals,” Bowman said.

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Bowman continued the Charlotte Motor Speedway’s “Mission 600” tradition of saluting America’s military with his visit to the US Coast Guard Station at Wrightsville Beach.

“It gives you a really big appreciation for what these guys do and everything they do to protect our country and to help people that need their help, so it’s really interesting to see everything that goes into it,” Bowman said.

He got search and rescue training and even took the boat for a test drive alongside his pit crew. One member of the Coast Guard, Ian Callahan, said it was a fun day taking them out to sea.

“This is the first thing like this I’ve ever done, so it’s good to see people ride around in boats. Race cars are way different than boats, so it’s a good time to take people out and show them what the Coast Guard does on a daily basis,” Callahan said.

Bowman also unveiled the car he will drive in the Coca-Cola 600, a race that celebrates those who serve.

“It’s awesome. It’s great to know that people are out there supporting us for what we do on a day-to-day basis and it just makes us feel appreciated,” Callahan said.

The race is in Charlotte on Memorial Day.