OK, so now that Ryan Newman has officially been announced as the second driver at Stewart-Haas Racing for the 09 season, it got me thinking; Who should sponsor Newman's car?
I've got a couple suggestions for Tony and Co. I'm sure he checks this site daily...
Anyway, I've narrowed it down to my top three potential sponsors for Ryan Newman and the #4 Stewart-Haas Chevy.
1) USPS. Yep, the US Postal Service. The rumor is that the actual sponsor will be UPS. But I thought, wait a minute, why not the USPS in stead? The government might as well send some of our tax dollars towards America's favorite sport! And just think, Newman from "Seinfeld" was a US Mail Carrier. Think of the jokes! Hello, Newman vs What can Brown do for you!
2) Harley-Davidson. Yep, a company that manufactures motorcycles should sponsor a stock car. Here's why, big money. The merchandise is key. The bikes themselves are nearly an after thought. It seems like everywhere I look, I always see (or hear) H-D stuff. Hats, tank-tops, jackets, sunglasses, and of course the bikes. In the showrooms, you'll have a special edition Harley, just like at the Chevy dealership you'll have a special edition Impala. At the track, this merchandise hauler would have the longest lines. Or at least give Dale Jr a run for the money. Every track, every part of the country. Think about this one, it would bring in some serious bread.
3) John Deere. CAT sponsors a car. Why can't Deere? It's a solid company. I know my Dad has a vested interest in the company, so does every other American farmer. Could you imagine the paint scheme? Solid green with a bright yellow Deere logo on the hood? Nothing runs like a Deere. Wait, nothing runs like a Deere, with a Bow Tie around its neck.
Sponsors deserving some consideration:
ITunes - Some kind of deal that would give me free downloads every time Newman wins a pole.
Dr. Pepper/ Snapple - Another deal that needs to score us all some free soda. I mean, there isn't many beverage companies that sponsor cars, right?
Blockbuster - Yep, you guessed. Newman wins, free movie rentals!
Bob Nardelli - He's a cool dude that loves NASCAR. With his $200M+ severance package from Home Depot, I think he can afford it. Although, now he is only making $1 a year as Chrysler's CEO. Plus, the real reason Newman won the 500, because Nardelli guaranteed a Dodge would win. Too boot, he tossed in a $1M bonus for the team that won it. Nice!
After the Olympics are over, Tony will make the announcement. Wouldn't it be nuts if one of these was the one?!