Monday , May , 26 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Yao Ming and NASCAR?

To mark the launch of the new Coca-Cola Olympic program, Yao and two-time U.S. Olympic taekwondo gold medalist Steven Lopez of Sugar Land served as honorary pit crew members for Petty’s No. 45 Coca-Cola team. In return, the two Olympians gave members of the drivers a glimpse into their world.

Yao shot some hoops with drivers Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte, Michael Waltrip and Petty. Part of the promotion was unveiling collectable Coca-Cola cans bearing the company’s logo in different languages ahead of the Beijing Olympics in Yao’s home country.

"While I probably didn’t give Yao much of a challenge at the hoop," Burton said, "I’d like to see how he’d fare swapping paint with me at 200 mph on the track. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’ll fit into a stock car." [Houston Chronicle]