P&G’s Tide Brand Returns As A # NASCAR Sponsor, Partnering With Joe Gibbs Racing And Driver Matt Kenseth.
Tide and Joe Gibbs Racing announced yesterday that they will bring back one of the most iconic brands in the history of NASCAR for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, September 4. Tide’s unforgettable orange and yellow paint scheme has been reborn as a more powerful Tide PODS Toyota Camry, and will be driven by Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth.
As the iconic laundry detergent celebrates its Seventh 70th anniversary, the classic orange-and-yellow paint scheme will once again hit the track, reborn as the new powerful Tide PODS Toyota Camry, to showcase the evolution of the brand.
The Tide brand has been at the forefront of some of NASCAR’s most memorable moments, from three-time champion Darrell Waltrip notching his first Daytona 500 win in 1989 to Ricky Craven edging out a win at Darlington Raceway by the shortest margin in NASCAR history: 0.002 seconds. During its nearly 20-year stint in the sport, Tide powered over 200 top-ten finishes and 20 wins across 628 starts in the Sprint Cup Series.
“Tide has such a rich history in this sport,” said Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry. “I can’t think of a better race to make their return to NASCAR than for the Southern 500. I’m looking forward to being a part of the second annual throwback weekend, and am proud to represent such an iconic brand. There have been many great moments associated with Tide and its former talented drivers; I’m honored to continue the legacy with Tide PODS at Darlington.”
“This is a thrill for us,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Not only is this a throwback paint scheme that we know the fans will be excited for, but it is with a sponsor that has a tremendous history in our sport. This is our 25th Anniversary season at Joe Gibbs Racing and I know it is the 70th Anniversary of Tide. They really are a historic brand in our country and their new partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing for Darlington is a real honor.”
In all, as a primary sponsor Tide amassed 20 total wins and powered 203 top-ten finishes (out of 628 total starts) throughout its 20-year involvement in the sport.
Did You Know:
While not a prominent partner in the sport at the time, in February 2012 Tide was part of a memorable piece of NASCAR and pop culture history. Near the finish of the Daytona 500, the No. 42 car lost control under caution and collided with the back of a jet dryer. Nearly 200 gallons of jet fuel from the dryer dumped onto the surface of the track, almost immediately igniting a large fire, with heat from the burning fuel severely damaging the asphalt.
After putting out the flames, track safety workers poured numerous, large boxes of Tide detergent all over the track, using brooms to scrub it into the surface. Known for its cleaning power since its inception, Tide’s unique formula saved the race from ending prematurely, allowing teams to get back on track and race to the finish. The remarkable clean-up efforts made national headlines and once again proved Tide’s powerful clean can handle any job, no matter the size.
About Tide Pods
Named one of 2016’s Products of the Year, Tide PODS is a 3-in-1 laundry solution, consisting of a detergent, stain remover and brightener all in one convenient pac. The concentrated power of Tide PODS is designed to handle a broad range of challenging conditions and soils in both traditional and high-efficiency machines. Tide PODS are available at Food Lion and other major retailers nationwide. To learn more about Tide PODS, please visit Tide.com.
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About Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is one of the premier organizations in NASCAR with four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, three NASCAR XFINITY Series teams and a driver development program. Its 2016 driver lineup consists of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards in the Sprint Cup Series. Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones will run fulltime in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, joining Kyle Busch and Matt Tifft who will run partial schedules. In addition, Cody Coughlin is currently in JGR’s driver development program. Based in Huntersville, N.C., and owned by Joe Gibbs — a three-time Super Bowl winner as head coach of the Washington Redskins and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame — JGR has competed in NASCAR since 1992, winning four Cup Series championships, and four XFINITY Series owner’s championships along with more than 200 NASCAR races, including five Brickyard 400s and two Daytona 500s.