Giuliani Pleads: ‘I Wanna Ride a Pace Car!’

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 21, 2008 3:29pm

ABC News’ Jan Simmonds Reports: Republican presidential candidates have wooed so-called "NASCAR voters" for years, but GOP candidate Rudy Giuliani took it to the next level Monday at the Daytona International Speedway, pleading with officials to let him ride in a pace car.

It all started with an impromptu campaign stop at the famous track. The former Mayor sat in the front passenger seat as his campaign bus took a lap around the empty track at high speed. Music from the movie "Rudy" blared from speakers.

But when it was all over, Giuliani, who is staking his campaign on Florida, was riding high and wanted more.

"Can I drive a pace car?" Giuliani asked a race track official.

"Sorry sir," he said, "we gotta get you to the Town Hall, we got people waiting."

"I wanna ride the pace car!" Giuliani said, looking disappointed, his voice rising angrily.

"Next time, next time," the official said.

Giuliani didn’t give up.

“All right, well let’s come back one more time,” Giuliani said. “During the campaign, I wanna  ride a pace car! Will you let me ride a pace car? Do I need a license for that?”

The officials wouldn’t budge. Dejected, Giuliani looked at a mother and son, standing nearby.

He tried one last time.

"One time, boys. One time," he pleaded, his voice whining. Walking away, Giuliani smiled and said, "We’re all little boys, don’t you know that?"

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