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(TampaBay.com (St. Petersburg Tim)   State Department of Transportation spends $174,500 sponsoring two cars in the Daytona 500 to remind Floridians to drive safer   (tampabay.com) divider line 34
    More: Florida, Daytona International Speedway, State Department, Florida Department of Transportation, Department of Transportation, Stephen McPherson, TV audience  
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2013-02-22 05:20:01 PM  
Should put them on Montoya's car.
 
2013-02-22 05:20:03 PM  
Next: instant Internet Florida meme as the two cars are involved in fiery wrecks.
 
2013-02-22 05:23:08 PM  

Omnivorous: Next: instant Internet Florida meme as the two cars are involved in fiery wrecks.


Do they both have drivers from Michigan?
 
2013-02-22 05:23:33 PM  

Omnivorous: Next: instant Internet Florida meme as the two cars are involved in fiery wrecks.


One fiery wreck that all the other cars manage to avoid.
 
2013-02-22 05:23:47 PM  
Well, you gotta spend money to make money.
 
2013-02-22 05:26:33 PM  
Fire everyone responsible.

Into the sun.

In a racecar.

Or a racecar-shaped bed.
 
2013-02-22 05:27:50 PM  
Well, they know the demographic, right?
 
2013-02-22 05:27:55 PM  
Florida: setting the stupidity standard since 1845.
 
2013-02-22 05:28:17 PM  
Do they know that Michael Waltrip qualified for the 500?
 
2013-02-22 05:31:18 PM  
If both cars crash in fiery wrecks, I would hope the Ironic tag trumps the Florida tag in that situation.
 
2013-02-22 05:32:18 PM  
Has this moron ever seen a NASCAR race?


www.us-racing.com
 
2013-02-22 05:32:34 PM  
Nothing wrong with it. The state of Florida is probably making that money back several times over by hosting the first and last race of the season.
 
2013-02-22 05:34:37 PM  
As an engineer I see why they do this.  If they can cut fatalities then they have done their job.  Most people don't know, but DOT's have a value for a life.  It's a lot higher number than 200k dollars.
 
2013-02-22 05:35:24 PM  
Yep, gonna end up like this...

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-02-22 05:42:07 PM  
"...drive more safely."
 
2013-02-22 05:46:49 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-22 05:56:16 PM  
NASCAR sponsorship is just advertising.  How many thousands of Floridians are going to see or hear the slogan "Alert today, alive tomorrow: Safety doesn't happen by accident" this weekend?  $174,500 is a reasonable price for the exposure they'll get.  They probably paid more than that to get a marketing firm to come up with that slogan.  And there's nothing like a little controversy to give them free advertising.
 
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2013-02-22 06:01:58 PM  
Can't wait to see the FDOT car crash with the FL Lottery car.
 
2013-02-22 06:10:36 PM  
The real reason for the sponsorship is so that Florida DOT bigwigs can get into nice cushy boxes for the race. What better way to get "free" tickets into the biggest NASCAR event than have work pay for it?
 
2013-02-22 06:20:08 PM  
I didn't know RIck Scott owned a few Nascar vehicles.
 
2013-02-22 06:36:13 PM  

picturescrazy: Omnivorous: Next: instant Internet Florida meme as the two cars are involved in fiery wrecks.

Do they both have drivers from Michigan?


If there's a fiery crash involved then yeah probably
 
2013-02-22 07:25:04 PM  
They should also put a 55 mph speed limit on the race.
 
2013-02-22 07:33:02 PM  
Florida tag?  I thought we wanted government to be run like a business.
 
2013-02-22 07:44:27 PM  
This car is sponsored by the Florida Office of Unemployment.
 
2013-02-22 07:48:55 PM  
You might be a redneck...
 
2013-02-22 07:54:51 PM  
Clearly they've never been to Daytona during race week, where everyone on the road thinks they are Dale Earnhardt.
 
2013-02-22 08:15:12 PM  

cretinbob: Clearly they've never been to Daytona during race week, where everyone on the road thinks they are Dale Earnhardt.


Lying motionless from blunt force trauma to the head?
 
2013-02-22 08:22:14 PM  
As someone who works and must drive for his job in Florida, I must say that the drivers down here are really as bad as you think.  It's nearly a daily event where I'm almost smashed to pieces by a clueless granny or crazy pillhead, and it's always a daily event to be stuck behind some retard for miles going 10 under the speed limit.

I'd much rather see my tax dollars go towards a "slower traffic keep right" logo.
 
2013-02-22 08:34:24 PM  

theorellior: cretinbob: Clearly they've never been to Daytona during race week, where everyone on the road thinks they are Dale Earnhardt.

Lying motionless from blunt force trauma to the head?


Well, maybe Dale Jr., he doesn't know how to pass.
 
2013-02-22 09:04:03 PM  
Well...if those FDOT cars crashe early...there will not be any benefit from the ads...except Fark headlines

Florida is broke and cannot spend money for ads on NASCARS
 
2013-02-22 09:20:00 PM  
In fairness, at that point you're left with a lot of unflattering metaphorical alternatives, including such shining beacons of safe driving as:

Funeral processions, shriners parades, traffic jams, molasses...
 
2013-02-22 10:17:04 PM  
Are their cars going to drive 12 m.p.h. with the turn signal on?
 
2013-02-22 10:38:29 PM  

JadedFloridian: As someone who works and must drive for his job in Florida, I must say that the drivers down here are really as bad as you think.  It's nearly a daily event where I'm almost smashed to pieces by a clueless granny or crazy pillhead, and it's always a daily event to be stuck behind some retard for miles going 10 under the speed limit.

I'd much rather see my tax dollars go towards a "slower traffic keep right" logo.


been to FLA, love it. can understand why you fear for your life on the road. tourists who have no bloody clue, looking where they shouldn't. senior citizens. college kids. college kids on break. crapload of people running away from their broken lives elsewhere come to the land of the sun, don't know the roads. retired people who are drunk before noon. my favorite was the local motorcyclists with no protective gear. holy crap.
 
2013-02-22 11:12:46 PM  
I am just glad that the world is finally restarting this weekend. They really should run NASCAR year round.  Its the only thing on TV worth watching and the only real American sport.
 
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