Sports have gotten extremely politicized in recent years, but perhaps none are more polarizing than NASCAR right now.
On Sunday, NASCAR driver Corey Lajoie will premiere a Trump 2020 paint job on his car during the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Let the triggering begin…
NASCAR driver Corey LaJoie's No. 32 Ford car will be sporting a new look this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
LaJoie's car will debut a "Trump 2020" paint scheme in red, white and blue on Sunday at the Brickyard 400.
Go Fas Racing, LaJoie's racing team, partnered with the Patriots of America PAC, a political action committee advocating for the reelection of President Donald Trump, for the sponsorship.
"I will give my best effort to get NASCAR fans registered to vote, through our team efforts on and off the track," LaJoie said in a statement. "When they see the car, hopefully it makes them race to the polls in November."
The paint scheme, which will appear in eight additional races following the Brickyard 400, is the latest in a series of political messages that have appeared on NASCAR cars in recent weeks. Bubba Wallace debuted a "Black Lives Matter" car in early June, which was followed by a "Back the Blue" car showing support for police.
LaJoie's car appears to be the first dedicated to the 2020 presidential election.
Of course, this isn't even the first reference we've seen to Trump's campaign.
The Hill has more on this story:
Archie St. Hilaire, who owns the racing team, said he is “honored to be part of the President's re-election campaign through the Patriots of America PAC.”
“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!” he added.
Jeff Whaley, spokesman for the pro-Trump PAC, said in a statement that the group is “excited” about its sponsorship with the racing team.
“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,” he also said.
According to the The Daytona Beach News-Journal, a car bearing the same phrase also rode in the Xfinity Series earlier this year after the team was paid $25,000 from the same PAC.
Of course, outrage and uproar will be in full effect following this turn of events.
We will probably hear more calls to "cancel NASCAR."
Most reasonable people recognize that there is nothing actually wrong with running this car, and in fact, it would be a double standard not to.