NASCAR Cup Series driver Corey LaJoie will keep the Goodyear tires on his car, the only one in the competition to promote “Trump 2020,” despite President Donald Trump’s call to boycott the company.
Because Goodyear is the official tire supplier for NASCAR, LaJoie, whose team, Go Fas Racing, has a sponsorship deal with the Trump-supporting PAC Patriots of America, has no choice but to continue using Goodyear tires and displaying the Goodyear logo.
“We just have one way to run them,” Go Fas Racing general manager Mason St. Hilaire told FOX Business. “It’s either those tires or no tires. We don’t have much of a choice. There should be two. I don’t know if you should just have one. You’ve got to keep something for the competition, right? Putting another one in would probably be a little bit of fun, both for cost and competition.”
“You’ve just got to look at all the information, I guess, you look at both sides,” he added. “It doesn’t look like whatever was out there on the internet came from corporate. It looks like maybe it was some sort of independent-type form that came out. It’s unfortunate. How does that even get out there? I feel bad for Goodyear to deal with this stuff with everything going on right now. In a competitive atmosphere, if you had two different ones, you’d play who’s stronger.”
Trump tweeted that his supporters should not buy Goodyear tires after an employee at a Kansas plant claimed they were not allowed to wear a hat with Trump’s campaign slogan on it.
“To be clear on our longstanding corporate policy, Goodyear has zero tolerance for any forms of harassment or discrimination,” Goodyear said in a statement. “To enable a work environment free of those, we ask that associates refrain from workplace expressions in support of political campaigning for any candidate or political party, as well as similar forms of advocacy that fall outside the scope of racial justice and equity issues.”
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