Sunday, March 31, 2013

Earnhardt Jr, Sprint Team Up for Safe Driving

Sprint Drive First could describe Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s points lead after the first five races as NASCAR Most Popular Driver enjoys a strong start to 2013 at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season's first off-weekend.

But Sprint Drive First? is a mobile application which helps drivers avoid the distraction of texting while driving.

Earnhardt teamed up with Sprint for a 30-second ad to promote the app, which can block and send automatic replies to text messages while you drive. Scott Vincent, a director for three years on comedian Dave Chapelle's "The Chapelle Show," directs the spot, which was shot at Charlotte Motor Speedway in mid-March. It will begin airing during the race weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

The overarching message is that driving isn't the problem, and texting isn't the problem; "and" is the problem -- as in texting "and" driving -- and we all can live without the "and." To help remove the temptation to drive and text at the same time, the Sprint Drive First app is offered as a solution.

The ad features Earnhardt Jr. with two members of his crew in the garage at a track. One of them says, "Hey Dale, I got your text that said you couldn't text." Then the other says, "Wait. What? Why would he text that he couldn't text?" Earnhardt replies: "I was driving."  The exchange ignites a discussion about how and why a text is sent when the person who sends the text doesn't actually send it -- all of which refers to the Sprint Drive First app and how it sends reply text messages while someone is driving. (Yahoo! Sports)