CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As Americans across the country prepare to remember the American heroes who serve our country with a variety of responsible Memorial Day cookouts and celebrations, race fans will look to one of their favorite drivers to help pay tribute. During the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (CMS), Matt Kenseth will have Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea vodka on the hood of his No. 17 Ford Fusion in an effort to honor fighter pilots everywhere.
"During the upcoming holiday weekend, it's important to recognize all the individuals that serve for our country every day," said Mr. Jeremiah Weed, legendary patron father of Jeremiah Weed Blended Bourbon Whiskey. "The history of Jeremiah Weed stems from its popularity among fighter pilots, which legend has it, began in the 1970s. It is important that this weekend we to honor all those who make us proud, as well as continue to remind adult consumers who enjoy Jeremiah Weed, to do so responsibly."
As the legend is told, Jeremiah Weed became the drink of choice for men and women fighter pilots after a Fighter Jet went down without injury outside of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. When the group involved in the incident later returned to the site, they toasted with Jeremiah Weed. Since, Air Force pilots have toasted with Jeremiah Weed Bourbon upon finishing their flights.
Kenseth will be driving with a little more incentive than the other 42 drivers to win this weekend. If the 2003 Cup Champion can wheel the No. 17 car to Victory Lane, Jeremiah Weed will make a $100,000 donation to a military-themed charity. Regardless of how the Jeremiah Weed car finishes, a total of $10,000 will be donated.
"We go to the track with the mindset to win every weekend, and it will mean that little bit more if we can take home the Trophy and give back - all at the same time," said Kenseth. "We look forward to saluting fighter pilots throughout the race."
It was while reading through myriad of letters to Jeremiah Weed from fighter pilots that Mr. Weed came to the realization it was time to utilize the upcoming race sponsorship to give back to all those pilots who have faithfully supported the brand throughout the years.
"Jeremiah Weed is where it is today because of the support from America's best pilots," said Weed. "We look forward to providing fighter pilots and their friends even more of a reason to toast responsibly with Jeremiah Weed drinks, should the No. 17 car finish in Victory Lane."
This marks the second year Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea Vodka will don the hood of a Roush Fenway Ford Fusion for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Jeremiah Weed first took to the scene during the NASCAR Sprint Cup event at CMS in October 2009. In addition to the Coca-Cola 600, Jeremiah Weed also will serve as primary sponsor of the No. 17 Ford Fusion during the Sprint Cup event at Daytona International Speedway on July 3, 2010.
About Jeremiah Weed
Jeremiah Weed Blended Bourbon Whiskey is a 90 proof bourbon whiskey brought to the public by Mr. Jeremiah Weed, the original Southern gentleman. Born of a long Southern and Kentucky distilling tradition, Jeremiah Weed utilizes only the highest quality ingredients for a taste we think you'll find second to none. You can learn more about Jeremiah Weed Blended Bourbon Whiskey, Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea, Jeremiah Weed Cherry Mash Flavored Blended Bourbon Whiskey, Jeremiah Weed Country Peach Sweet Tea, Jeremiah Weed Bourbon Liqueur and "The Legend" Mr. Jeremiah Weed himself at www.jeremiahweed.com or www.facebook.com/jeremiahweed . Mr. Weed reminds you to please drink responsibly.
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