It’s the simple truth. The NASCAR community simply can’t get enough of the Super Bowl. And today, several drivers and team owners are not shy to say which team they are supporting.
NASCAR believes that it shares some things in common with the Super Bowl after all. For starters, both sporting leagues have a long history and legacy of being the ultimate American sport. The Daytona 500 has actually been delivering racing excitement since 1959 while fans have been flocking to the Super Bowl since 1967. And both sports carry prestige. In fact, plenty of it.
The friendship between the NASCAR community and the Super Bowl family run deep. In fact, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has even invited Chip Ganassi Co-Owner Felix Sabates to experience the Super Bowl this year from the 50 yard line along with some of this drivers during the Super Bowl 50 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California this year. Rivera had reportedly even offered Sabates a suite, but being the ultimate fan and friend of Rivera that he is, Sabates chose to sit closer to the action instead.
The Carolina Panthers will actually be going against the Denver Broncos for the National Football League Championship and Vince Lombardi Trophy this year. And Rivera seems to have the right strategy in order to win. After all, he had once visited Chip Ganassi’s shop in North Carolina where he discussed the key to winning with the racing team, including Sprint Cup drivers Larson and McMurray. In his speech, Rivera said it’s all about the APE or Attitude, Preparation and Effort.
Today, Chip Ganassi Racing is all about the Panthers. They even tweeted out their support for the team during the Super Bowl 50 with the hashtag “#KeepPounding.” At the same time, the Panthers are also getting a lot of support from Hendrick Motorsports, JR Motorsports and Stewart-Haas Racing. Meanwhile, the Broncos are getting some support from Furniture Row Racing. On the other hand, it seems teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch over at Joe Gibbs Racing are at odds over the Super Bowl 50 with Hamlin cheering for the Panthers and Busch rooting for the Broncos.