When the IZOD Trophy Girl posted a link on Twitter to Playboy.com informing everyone about her latest photo shoot for Playboy, the first thing that I thought was, “Great news, now there’s the possibility that Ryan Hunter-Reay gets a full-time sponsor for next year.” He deserves it and could really use a full-time sponsor like Playboy. Playboy is huge worldwide, and they do have many fans worldwide that would support the series both financially by going to races and by buying merchandise that goes with being a fan. On Twitter, Playboy has over 81,000 followers. If even half of those followers decided to buy an IndyCar ticket, that would be huge financially. Other sponsors that haven’t made up their mind yet to take the IndyCar plunge would definitely take notice. More than that, think about the TV ratings boost. Many followers of Playboy might just change the channel to watch a race, and if the race is a great one, we get more fans.
The Playboy Foundation has donated over $20 million to different organizations and also has hosted many benefits for cancer, amongst other causes. Do a quick search and use the words ‘Playboy Charities’ and see for yourself. I believe they have a charity golf tournament every year if I’m not mistaken.
Michael Andretti, owner of Andretti Autosport, is married to Jodi Ann Paterson, the 2000 Playboy Playmate of the year, so there is a connection between IZOD, Playboy, and Andretti Autosport. Many other celebrities are connected to Playboy in one way or another. Many world-famous people have done interviews in Playboy including Lance Armstrong, Hank Aaron, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Martin Luther King to name a few.
Kim Kardashian, who endorses Quick Trim, is connected also. She has hosted charity events at the Playboy Mansion. Playboy getting involved might just sway Quick Trim to stay on board with sponsoring Graham Rahal.
I totally understand the negative reactions. But please research everything about Playboy. It’s not only about the women that pose in the magazine. Playboy does contribute to the community more than people think.
I haven’t heard any men complain about Tony Kanaan’s photo layout saying that he’s being exploited, even though I have whimpered to myself, “Why can’t my body look like that?” How about all the IZOD commercials and ads with shirtless drivers? It’s equal rights isn’t it?
Playboy has been involved with motorsports for decades, including IndyCar. If they join the series as a sponsor, more power to them. It might not ever happen, but I don’t want to see a huge sponsor turned away because of the negative reactions. If you’re a parent, I would hope you don’t stop going to races because of it. IndyCar can still be family friendly with Playboy as a sponsor. I really don’t expect women running around in their nighties during a race having a pillow fight. Give them a chance to prove themselves. The Playboy Corporation is a lot more classy than a lot of people think.
There’s a poll up on the home page referring to Playboy and IndyCar, would like for race fans to please take the time and vote.
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