“I was a fan when I was a little kid. I don’t know why. I grew up on Long Island and I just was drawn to Richard Petty. I used to draw the number 43 [and] pictures of him all the time,” James admitted.
The star famous that he “didn’t know” in regards to the skilled sport itself rising up.
“Then I got involved with doing press for other movies and stuff and we would do a couple of the ‘Gentlemen, start your engines’ and I was the grand marshal. It’s an amazing world,” James recalled.
The “King of Queens” star admitted he was in awe after attending his first NASCAR occasion.
“The appreciation when you’re there at a NASCAR event… it blows away anything you’ve ever seen, even on TV, but learning the sport and learning how competitive these guys are and what the game entails and [planning out] how can you win, shaving down the car and the crews in the pits. It’s amazing. It’s an amazing world that really I’ve never seen before in a workplace comedy,” he defined.
In the collection, James’ character is the chief mechanic of a struggling racing staff. When a brand new boss is available in, his staff’s routine is totally turned the other way up.
“I learned about it as much as I could [about racing]. I’ve got great people that I’m working with on it. We had great professional drivers that have come on our show,” he stated.
James added how straightforward filming was due to the solid’s nice chemistry.
“I don’t think I’ve had a show before where I felt this click as fast because even on the ‘King of Queens’ where I was so solid with them, it took time. Not with [co-star] Leah [Remini], but with others, [sometimes] it takes a moment and then you get into your rhythm,” he defined. “Like any new relationship.”
With “The Crew,” James stated “we hit the ground running” and everybody frolicked off-camera as nicely.
“We would be having dinner together. And just everybody wanted to spend time with each other. And it was fun and it was natural and it felt really great,” he stated.
“The Crew” is accessible to stream on Netflix.
FOX’s Ashley Dvorkin contributed to this report