Hendrick Goes Super Hero For Latest Sponsorship
11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will get an interesting new look as a result of a three-year agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE).
WBCP and DCE will work with Hendrick Motorsports and its partners to build on- and off-track programs teaming star drivers Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with recognized superhero characters including Batman, Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern. The partnership will also allow the team and its existing partners to develop consumer promotions and original content with WBCP and DCE IP.
“We are excited to partner on a long-term program that brings together Hendrick Motorsports’ super hero drivers with the Super Heroes of DC Comics,” said Brad Globe, president, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “This partnership will allow us to offer NASCAR and DC Comics fans unique experiences that tap into the storylines of our characters and the successes of these four world-class athletes.”
Potential programs include co-developed car paint schemes, comic books and digital content incorporating DC Comics Super Heroes and illustrated likenesses of Hendrick Motorsports drivers. Team partners will have exclusive opportunities to align with upcoming Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Comics-inspired programming and releases.
“Working with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment will make for an innovative and impactful partnership,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “Adding value to sponsor relationships, developing an even stronger retail licensing platform and engaging with young people are high priorities for us. This collaboration will generate many opportunities in those areas.”
The first activation will be seen at Charlotte Motor Speedway (May 25) and Michigan International Speedway (June 15) where Superman, the world’s first and most recognized Super Hero, will be featured on Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet SS.