Jul 01, 2022
Joe Gibbs Racing Teases Major Scheme Change
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Getty Joe Gibbs Racing has teased a new scheme reveal.
Joe Gibbs Racing and Coca-Cola have just teased a major change for an upcoming Cup Series race. The two companies have tweeted out a photo hinting at a future Coca-Cola primary scheme for one of the members of Toyota Racing Development.
Coca-Cola first provided the tease on July 1.The company, which sponsors Denny Hamlin and multiple other Cup Series drivers, tweeted out a photo showing a Next Gen car covered in emojis. Coca-Cola Racing also asked for guesses about the scheme hiding under the multitude of hearts, ice cubes, and soda cups. Joe Gibbs Racing then retweeted it and only created further intrigue.
???? We’re thinking ???? https://t.co/QwKLI314vc
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) July 1, 2022
There are not many visible details in the intriguing photo. The stock car has a red base with some white accents and white Coca-Cola logos. Additionally, there is a Toyota Racing logo sitting in the corner of the windshield. The car number is not visible, but it appears that there is a chrome No. 1 under all of the emojis.
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Sign up for the Heavy on NASCAR Newsletter!1 Possible Driver Stands Out as the Primary Option
GettyJoe Gibbs Racing has teased a new scheme reveal.
The NASCAR fans on social media made several guesses about which driver would showcase this new Coca-Cola scheme during an upcoming Cup Series race. However, there is one veteran that stands out as the primary option.
Coca-Cola has multiple drivers on its roster, but only one controls a Toyota Camry. Joey Logano is a member of Ford Performance while Austin Dillon and Daniel Suarez both head to the track each week with Chevrolet logos on their firesuit. Ryan Newman, who doesn’t currently run full-time in NASCAR, also drove for both Ford and Chevrolet during his career.
Denny Hamlin, for comparison, has been a member of Toyota Racing Development during his time with Joe Gibbs Racing. He has No. 11 on his doors, which fits with the portion of the visible number in the photo.
If the scheme is actually for Hamlin, it would mark a significant change. He has started 595 races in his career. The vast majority have been with FedEx as his primary partner. Though there have been one-off schemes for Farm Bureau Insurance, Charter Communications, Offerpad, and Sport Clips.Where Would the Scheme Debut?
Let’s hear the guesses y’all! What’s under the emojis?? @CocaColaRacing | #QS400 Presented by Walmart https://t.co/mTAGXnDIK8
— Atlanta Motor Speedway (@amsupdates) July 1, 2022
Joe Gibbs Racing and Hamlin are the most likely options to use the Coca-Cola scheme, but where will they do so? One track’s Twitter account may have provided the answer for the NASCAR fans by asking a simple question.
The Atlanta Motor Speedway account joined in the fun on July 1 by asking what was under the emojis. The track’s social media team also used the hashtag for the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart, which will take place on July 10.
The Quaker State 400 is a fitting race for the debut of a new Coca-Cola scheme. The reason is that the company’s headquarters are located in Atlanta. This will be a hometown race for the NASCAR sponsor, and it appears that the company will have an extra reason to celebrate starting at 3 p.m. ET (USA).
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Joe Biden should forego a second term while he is ahead: columnist
President Joe Biden has made it known that he intends to run for reelection in 2024, and Democratic Party power brokers have, for the most part, pledged to support Biden if he does. Yet there remain concerns throughout liberal and progressive circles that Biden should step down after just one term. On Saturday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd argued in an editorial that while Biden has the momentum to make his four years in the White House significantly impactful, he should decline to seek a second term.
Dowd compared Biden's tenure to that of the late United States Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who "missed the moment to leave the stage" and "thought she was the indispensable person" which "ended in disaster." Ginsburg's seat on the bench was filled by Amy Coney Barrett, a right-wing Christian fundamentalist and a complete antithesis to Ginsburg.
Dowd urged Biden to take note.
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"The timing of your exit can determine your place in the history books," Dowd wrote. "This is something Joe Biden should keep in mind as he is riding the crest of success. His inner circle, irritated by stories about concerns over his age and unpopularity, will say this winning streak gives Biden the impetus to run again. The opposite is true. It should give him the confidence to leave, secure in the knowledge that he has made his mark."
Indeed, Biden and Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are riding a legislative victory wave heading into the midterm elections. That tailwind could thwart the Republican Party's hopes of retaking the House of Representatives, the Senate, or both.
According to Dowd, "this is the moment for Biden to decide if all of this is fuel for a re-election campaign, when he will be 81 (82 on Inauguration Day), or a legacy on which to rest."
Biden, Dowd opined, "could leave on a high, knowing that he has delivered on his promises for progress and restored decency to the White House. He did serve as a balm to the bombastic Donald Trump. Over the next two years he could get more of what he wants and then step aside. It would be self-effacing and patriotic, a stark contrast to the self-absorbed and treasonous Trump."
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Biden, however, "was not to be a visionary but to be a calming force for a country desperately in need of calming, and a bridge to the next generation," Dowd continued. That makes Biden "a logical one-termer, and that keeps him true to his high-minded point: What does the country really need?" she added.
Dowd believes that the time for Biden to "pass the torch," as he said in 1987 during his first run for president, is nigh.
"The country really needs to dodge a comeback by Trump or the rise of the odious Ron DeSantis. There is a growing sense in the Democratic Party and in America that this will require new blood. If the president made his plans clear now, it would give Democrats a chance to sort through their meh field and leave time for a fresh, inspiring candidate to emerge," Dowd wrote.
She then laid out the potential political shrewdness of a Biden retirement.
"Usually, being a lame duck weakens you. But in Biden’s case, it could strengthen him. We live in a Washington where people too often put power over principle. So many Republicans have behaved grotesquely out of fear that Trump will turn on them. So the act of leaving could elevate Biden, freeing him from typical re-election pressures, so he and his team could do what they thought was right rather than what was politically expedient," Dowd said. "It would also take steam out of what are certain to be Republican attempts to impeach him should they regain the House and make him less of a target for their nasty attacks on his age and abilities. The next two years could be hellish, with Republicans tearing Biden down and refusing to do anything that could be seen as benefiting him."
Dowd stressed that even though Biden's age is a point of contention, it is far from the most important issue.
"These are dangerous times — with inflation hurting us, weather killing us, the Ukraine war grinding, China tensions boiling, women’s rights on the line, and election deniers at CPAC, where Viktor Orbán spews fascist bile to a wildly enthusiastic audience," she concluded. "It might be best to have a president unshackled from the usual political restraints."
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