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NASCAR’s Corey LaJoie will be debuting a new paint job for his No. 32 car at the upcoming race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Ford Mustang, which is being sponsored by a pro-Trump conservative political action committee, will be sporting patriotic colors and a”Trump 2020″ theme for the Brickyard 400 race on Sunday.
— Go Fas Racing (@GoFasRacing32) July 1, 2020
Go Fas Racing’s No. 32 car will be decked out in a red, white and blue color scheme and is being sponsored for the next nine races by Patriots of America, a PAC supporting President Trump’s reelection. “Trump 2020” will be featured on both the hood and the rear quarter panels and “Your Vote Counts” will also be on display as LaJoie takes to the track.
“With an estimated 75 million NASCAR fans out there, I was surprised that about 15 million of those fans are not registered voters,” the 28-year-old NASCAR Cup Series driver said in a statement, according to Fox Business.
“I will give my best effort to get NASCAR fans registered to vote, through our team efforts on and off the track. When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November,” he added.
Go Fas Racing team owner Archie St. Hilaire expressed confidence in the No. 32 car and in the president, whom he proudly supports.
“I am honored to be part of the President’s re-election campaign through the Patriots of America PAC,” team owner St. Hilaire said in a statement. “As a Trump 2020 supporter, this team will do everything possible to secure victory on and off the track electing President Donald Trump to a second term. Let us bring this country back and Keep America Great!”
The patriotic display comes just weeks after NASCAR banned Confederate flags and memorabilia at its events and after the incident at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama in which driver Bubba Wallace thought a pull rope at his garage stall was a noose.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 23, 2020
The NASCAR Cup Series’ only black driver created a few short days of controversy with his assertion which was shot down when the FBI investigation revealed there was no hate crime committed and the rope had actually been in the garage since last fall.
Wallace, who has been driving a car decked out with “Black Lives Matter” messaging, will be racing Sunday as well in what is known as the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at the Brickyard.
The Patriots of America PAC, which reportedly paid $350,000 for the sponsorship deal, is hoping to encourage more people to get to the polls in November.
“Our mission is to get voters registered and to the polls in November,” said Jeff Whaley in a statement on behalf of the PAC. “We are excited about our sponsorship with Go Fas Racing No. 32 and Corey LaJoie. We feel this partnership is the best way to help us communicate this message to the NASCAR community and encourage all Americans to do their part by heading to the polls.”
LaJoie, who finished 8th in February’s Daytona 500, drove the No. 32 Ford Mustang during the Pocono 325 and Pocono 350 over last weekend, causing a stir when fans noticed a “Trump 2020” sticker on the car’s rear panel.
Y’all act like @CoreyLaJoie is the one personally talking to every sponsor! @GoFasRacing32 is a small budget race team and for someone to give them that much money just to be on the rear quarter panel of the car, I’d take the money
— James Honeycutt II (@JJmachine24) June 30, 2020
Confirmation of the sponsorship and that LaJoie will be driving the pro-Trump car for the season set off many reactions on Twitter.
Very cool! And bonus points for triggering the Trump haters!
— Scott S (@Major_Speed) July 1, 2020
Funny how people who loved the BLM car hate this one and wants politics out of the sport now that there’s something they don’t agree with.
— Tyler (@tylergpuckett) July 1, 2020
I agree but would rather see this than an anti-American group.
— Sergeant (@GrumpyNCO) July 1, 2020
For those of you saying you’ll never root for @CoreyLaJoie because of this sponsorship, you have the wrong philosophy. You should root for (or against) the driver, not the sponsor. The sponsor is simply the person that pays the bills and allows that driver the chance to compete
— Kyle Berger (@KB_48) July 1, 2020
Since they banned the Confederate flag they had to find the next best thing.
— Shaun Royle (@SolidAAr) July 1, 2020
Awesome! Love it! ❤️🇺🇸
— Jammy🇺🇸 (@jammypants5) July 1, 2020
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