Judging from social media, NASCAR fans aren’t happy.
In another cautionary tale, fans are ripping into Subway with the same fury they ripped into Camping World when CEO Marcus Lemonis told fans who supported President Trump for his remarks after Charlottsville to stay out of his stores.
Open mouth, insert foot.
This time, fans are angry that Subway yanked its endorsement of Daniel Suarez after he took part in a video in which he drove around in a golf cart giving out Dunkin Donuts — a Subway competitor.
The fans are up in arms.
JGR acknowledged Monday that a silly and harmless stunt, in which Suarez drove around in a golf cart, was the reason Subway terminated its sponsorship deal.
Then, on Sunday night, team owner Joe Gibbs told Motorsport that the decision to end the sponsorship caught the team “completely by surprise,” especially since they were in talks to extend the deal.
“What we’re going to do is try to work our way through this and hopefully we can reach an agreement here,” he said.
While it seems silly, you can see why Subway would be livid. If it’s paying to sponsor a car — in this case, the No. 19 from Joe Gibbs Racing — why wasn’t Suarez driving around hanging out Subway breakfast sandwiches instead, the thinking may have gone.
Subway released a fairly cryptic statement, that said, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, Subway had to terminate its sponsorship of Daniel Suarez.”
Here’s a nifty little timeline of all of the developments this weekend: