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Title: Verizon and the 12 Car?
Post by: Cheryl on January 20, 2009, 01:24:36 PM
I'm expecting NA$CAR to get another lawsuit from Verizon.  How absurd that Nexthell can change to Sprint but these other mergers aren't allowed...  From Jayski:

"Verizon will fully fund the #12 Sprint Cup car of Penske Racing this season but the company's logo and name will not be allowed on the paint scheme. "The [Cup] car will be identified and branded as the Penske Dodge Charger,'' said Walt Czarnecki, the executive vice president of Penske Corporation. That means David Stremme, who replaces Ryan Newman in the #12, could find himself promoting Verizon even though the name can't be on the car, thanks to a 2004 ruling after Nextel became the top series sponsor (it was since become Sprint). That ruling allowed existing wireless communication companies with teams and tracks to keep their sponsorship, unless a team or company changed hands. Verizon took over Alltel, the long-time sponsor of the #12, on Jan. 9. Earlier, the ruling forced Richard Childress Racing to seek a replacement for Cingular Wireless on the #31 car of Jeff Burton after it merged with AT&T and kept the AT&T name. Czarnecki doesn't believe Penske will have to find a replacement for Verizon because of the multi-year deal it signed with Alltel. "Once the business transaction occurred NASCAR was kept fully informed of what was transpiring," he said. "NASCAR has made it very clear, even with Alltel, what their requirements were as far as branding on the cars and branding at the track. We're working with NASCAR and the people at Verizon. I believe we'll be able to accommodate all of those requirements." Verizon will be on the #12 Nationwide Series entry driven by Justin Allgaier.(ESPN)(1-19-2009)"

Cheryl


Title: Re: Verizon and the 12 Car?
Post by: Desmond on January 21, 2009, 06:12:49 PM
I have an idea.

Why not re-paint the #12 car to resemble the Team Penske entries in IndyCar?  It's a cool orange-and-black scheme dating back to when Marlboro sponsored it. :)


Title: Re: Verizon and the 12 Car?
Post by: shawn on January 21, 2009, 08:57:21 PM
They should paint the car the Verizon colors.