Driver Korbin Forrister lacks sponsors. So he turned his racing vehicle into a mobile endorsement of the candidate of his choice: Donald Trump.
The driver, who competes in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, painted messages of support for the billionaire presidential candidate on his vehicle. “Trump for President” appears on the hood and “Making America Great Again” adorns the side. He did so despite the sponsor of his NASCAR series and the race (the 1-800-CarCash Mudsummer Classic) in which he competed acting as a longtime vocal critic of the real-estate mogul.
NASCAR approved the paint scheme. The “Trump for President” lettering appeared directly below the words “Camping World,” the company owned by Marcus Lemonis, a two-comma tycoon obsessed with the three-comma titan Donald Trump.
“I support Donald Trump, and I wanted to show it in this race,” Forrister told ESPN on Wednesday. “We didn’t have a paint scheme, and I figured it would be a cool race to do it. It is 100 percent me. I wanted to do it.”
Whether Forrister keeps the design scheme, and enjoys money from the Donald’s campaign for doing so, for the Pocono Mountains 150 in Pennsylvania next Saturday remains unknown.
— Andrew Barca (@HurricaneBarca) July 22, 2015
I hope Korbin Forrester wrecks that truck so Donald Trump can call him a loser, and a horrible person.
— bob. (@BeeOhBeeRT) July 23, 2015
NASCAR, with the encouragement of the Camping World CEO, earlier this month pulled out of a banquet scheduled for a Trump resort in Miami. “Our company will not stand to support any person or organization that associates with such beliefs and we feel strongly about distancing ourselves from any negative and discriminatory comments made against any gender, ethnicity, age group or so forth,” Marcus Lemonis wrote to NASCAR. “I would hope that the entire NASCAR organization would agree with my sentiments.”
Lemonis, an entrepreneur who appears on a show called The Profit on CNBC, pulled his company’s ads from NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice after Donald Trump Jr. went hunting in Africa in 2012. Lemonis, who had earlier appeared on the program, vowed: “I wouldn’t spend another nickel with them.”
But at a race he sponsored this week occurring in a series he sponsors he unwittingly spent more than a nickel promoting Donald Trump.