NASCAR driver Reed Sorenson to run a Donald Trump paint scheme at Texas

Premium Motorsports to run a livery for Trump/Pence campaign two days before presidential election in Sprint Cup race.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Winston-Salem

Sports are often a way to take your mind off what’s going on in the world, including the seemingly unavoidable presidential election. On Sunday, NASCAR fans tuning into the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway won’t be able to get that escape.Reed Sorenson, driver of the No. 55 Premium Motorsports car, will feature a livery supporting Donald Trump and Mike Pence’s campaign. The red, white and blue car is wrapped with Trump’s name and feature the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again!” on the hood, trunk and rear quarter panel.@ReedSorenson36 @realDonaldTrump ready2race @TXMotorSpeedway @ChampionMach @VydoxPlus @Rinnai @WIXFilters @zakproducts @Mobil1 @NASCARDaily— PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS (@premiummotrspts) November 2, 2016
This isn’t the first time a NASCAR driver has supported Trump with his name emblazoned across the car, but it’s the first time it’s happened at the Sprint Cup level. However, with Sorenson currently 39th in the Sprint Cup standings (out of 40), this scheme likely won’t be seen at the front of the pack. Reed Sorenson @txmotorspeedway #Team55. Good Luck A photo posted by Premium Motorsports, LLC (@premiummotorsportsllc) on Nov 2, 2016 at 1:53pm PDT NASCAR drivers Chase Elliott, Ryan Newman and David Ragan along with CEO Brian France all endorsed Trump earlier in the election. Clearly this is yet another endorsement from Sorenson and Premium Motorsports.It isn’t clear whether or not Trump paid Premium Motorsports for the sponsorship or if the team decided is sponsoring the car on their own. With the race taking place two days prior to election day, it’s sure to draw some attention in the garage and the track on Sunday.