Let’s Go Brandon Mantra Driver Brandon Brown Could Be Out of Job at NASCAR
NASCAR driver Brandon Brown, whose first name inspired an infamous anti-Biden slogan, is not scheduled to race this weekend in Indianapolis. Yahoo! Play.
“Brown’s team is looking for drivers who have sponsorship money after not having a deal with the now-expired political cryptocurrencies,” the article said.
The crypto deal resulted from the same October 2021 event that led to the slogan. A reporter who interviewed Brown about his first NASCAR win overheard the crowd’s anti-Biden chant, inadvertently giving supporters of former President Donald Trump a new rallying cry.
“With Jaap, a catchphrase was born,” The New York Times reported in December.
At first, Brown tried to separate himself from the event and focus on racing. He told the Times that political chaos was putting his career at risk.
“I have no desire to be involved in politics,” he said.
But soon after that story ran, Brown announced a new partnership with a cryptocurrency maker banking on the popularity of the slogan. “Brown is clearly choosing to be political,” Yahoo! reported the game at the time.
That decision could cost the driver in the long run, as he has not been able to raise his funding, and the cryptocurrency is now worth nothing. Nick Bromberg for Yahoo wrote, “The decision to get political is not to be held back, regardless of whether or not to pay politically.”
Brown confirmed that his association with the conservative slogan was jeopardizing his ability to find a new full-time seat in an interview with Frontstretch.
“I can be seen as divisive because of the chanting. It’s really hard to convince companies that, ‘Hey, that’s not me. The crowd was chanting just this. It makes it difficult,” he said.
At the Xfinity Series race in Indianapolis this weekend, another driver will take Brown’s regular car and drive in one that has little chance of winning. Brown told Frontstretch that he would continue to do what he could to secure his future in racing.
“I have to start working very hard to secure sponsorship for myself to try my hand at some other cars. Maybe try and work in a few different series,” he said.