So much for those "Danica to turn pro golfer" rumors.
According to website sales company GoDaddy.com, Lexus, Japanese automaker Toyota's luxury brand, is blocking a GoDaddy.com commercial starring Danica Patrick in a vintage Ford Mustang from airing during the United States Open. Wait, seriously? Apparently, yes.
GoDaddy was to air its "Speeding" commercial twice during the United States Open this weekend. The ad features GoDaddy gal-pal Danica Patrick in a vintage, American-made Ford Mustang. Late yesterday, GoDaddy was informed Lexus didn't want "Speeding" to air. As the exclusive sponsor of the NBC broadcast, Lexus declared no other automakers can be shown in commercials airing during the United States Open.
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To paraphrase our buddy Meesh, "I call Banana Splits!"
This has nothing to do with Toyotas and Mustangs, people. If you've ever seen a golf telecast you know that for the last few years they've been drowning their audience with innumerable ads with happy little fellows singing "Viva Viagra!" Lexus is smart enough to know dropping a little striptease action on this crowd would pretty much end their viewing window. Of course, they can't say that because, well, that would be an awkwardly worded press release to say the least.