Smirnoff is getting in the driver’s seat with current No. 5 ranked Formula One team Sahara Force India to do away with the velvet rope around this exclusive form of racing, shunning its traditional elitism in favor of reaching more fans.
Austin, Texas, had nothing in common with places like Valencia, Spain, or Sakir, Bahrain—at least until this past weekend, when the city played host to the 2012 Formula 1 races. It was the first time in five years that the motorsport returned to the U.S. It was also a setup for an unusual marketing gambit.
Fox Sports and Nascar have inked an eight-year extension of their media rights deal, a move that will keep the first half of the Sprint Cup Series on the Fox broadcast network through 2022.