View Full Version : Coke sends Pepsi to the curb at Daytona...

07-10-2007, 03:55 PM

while coke has won the account, i read somewhere else that pepsi was trying to get its mountain dew logo on someone's car...

can they do that if coke is the sponsor?

Mr Zabe
07-10-2007, 04:42 PM
LOL....that was posted on the board yesterday. LOL

I would think Jr and Mountain Dew would be awesome.
He will for sure be back in the top five next season as he
will have a great car and a great support team. I'm guessing that
next season Jr will win 4 races and 8 top 5's. He is long over due.
Lest we forget that he is one of the best NASCAR drivers.

07-14-2007, 10:16 AM
24 is my guy - because he is sponsored by pepsi and because people hate him :) Jr and mountain dew would be sweet

07-15-2007, 12:47 AM
Monday, 9 Jul 2007
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: "Drinking Up" As Coke, Pepsi Trade Places?
Posted By:Darren Rovell

This week, Pepsi is expected to give way to Coke
as the official beverage of most of NASCARís tracks and speculation is that Pepsi will be putting some of the money they would have used for the tracks, to getting its Mountain Dew brand on Dale Earnhardt Jr's, racing car hood next year.

If that trade-off really happens, itís a cinch for Pepsi and a dumb move for Coke. The bottom line is people arenít fans of tracks or fans of the organization itself (NASCAR). They watch races to see their favorite drivers and they are much more likely to support the brand of their favorite drivers than what they are required to drink at the track.

There is a little issue I have though if the Mountain Dew deal goes through. Since Mountain Dew, like Budweiser
A , is already such a big brand (it's the nation's fourth best selling soda behind Coke Classic, Pepsi and Diet Coke) if the deal is consummated it's going to be nearly impossible to figure out if Earnhardt will have any effect on sales.

Part of me hoped that if a soft drink brand were going to sign Earnhardt, it would have been Coke. And that Coke would unveil a blast from the past that hasn't been on shelves. That way you could really tell if ďLittle EĒ was making a difference.

Like how about Mello Yello? The drink was introduced as a competitor to Mountain Dew 28years ago and had a great racing tradition. Its motto was "The World's Fastest Soft Drink" and used a race car driver in its ads. Kyle Petty of course was sponsored by the brand in the early 90s, as was Tom Cruise's character Cole Trickle in "Days of Thunder" had it on his No. 51 car.

On a related note, I'm pretty sure that Earnhardt is going to set the record next year for the most merchandise ever sold by a single athlete in the history of sport. His popularity combined with a potential sponsor and number change will be part of it (and trust me, Mello Yello would sell more than Mountain Dew). The other part is that--for the first time ever--a mainstream shoe and apparel brand (adidas) is going to make a driver's outfit and sell it at retail. Reebok looked into getting into the sport in the late 90s, but passed. Puma sponsors Kasey Kahne, but aside from ads doesn't have much of a retail presence and Nike
has a deal to make shoes with Joe Gibbs drivers for its low cost Tailwind brand.

Itís easy to see why all the big brands were scared off with NASCAR. Unlike the traditional sports, the shoes aren't really shown since they're in the car with the driver. With no opportunity to display anything, they shied away.

What Adidas will do that no one has done in the past is give NASCAR fans what they really deserve: An authentic firesuit. For too long, fans have had to buy replicas, but I expect adidas to give fans the real thing (it might be $200, but so are authentics from other sports). The alliance will also benefit Earnhardt Jr. plenty because a NASCAR driver has never really had the marketing force of a big apparel brand behind him. He'll now have a greater distribution channel than ever before.

I expect a new wave to come from this as Adidas will prove this to be the next frontier. Unlike the hundreds of millions it has cost adidas and Reebok to have the rights to make the apparel of all the teams in the NBA and NFL, respectively, a shoe and apparel company will can outfit a race team for a fraction of the cost. By 2009, I expect to see more Adidas, Nike and Under Armour logos on firesuits and also expect that, with these deals, NASCAR merchandising will leap into the stores that carry the licensed apparel from traditional sports.

While we're on the subject of what could sell more--Mello Yello over Mountain Dew, for example--I truly believe that Earnhardt Jr. would be best served by starting over with a new number next year. He has had No. 8 long enough so that a move wouldn't alienate fans and a change of number--like Kobe Bryant when he changed from No. 8 to No. 24--would serve to prove just how big he is in the sport.

07-15-2007, 03:27 PM
is it possible that earnhardt could have mountain dew on his car but have to drink coke products while there?

i'm just assuming everything will be poured into big, red coca-cola cups...

Mr Zabe
07-15-2007, 03:41 PM
I take it you were making a joke. LOLOLOL
Actually JR might be required to gag down a Diet Mountain Dew
if he does not finish in the top 10 of each 2008 race. LMAO

07-21-2007, 09:51 PM
Found these at Home Depot today. Also available in Mountain Blast and Fruit Punch.


07-25-2007, 11:08 PM
They just set the product on top of the car, the driver isn't required to drink it. If a driver has a (non alcoholic) beverage as a sponsor, they'll be drinking that beverage regardless of who has naming right for the race, or pouring rights at the track.

Alcoholic beverages from sponsors can be drank post race, but not before, for obvious reasons. If a driver has no beverage affiliations, you'll often see them with 'coozies' covering the label or whatever they are drinking, or they'll drink from a team branded sports bottle.

02-08-2008, 09:22 PM
The Pepsi 400 is now the Coke Zero 400.

02-08-2008, 09:37 PM
Geez, I was just going to post this :). It's the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca Cola.

Mr Zabe
02-08-2008, 09:54 PM
It will be cool to see all the Coke Zero banners and such.
It will also be cool to see some slick NASCAR TV Coke Zero adds.

***Just a side comment. Is it me,it seemed last season that there
were hardly any hot steamy race days.***