Jeff Gordon “Test Drive” Video A Hoax
It was an internet sensation, a video of Jeff Gordon in disguise giving an unsuspecting car salesman the thrill ride of his life. The only problem was that it wasn’t Jeff Gordon doing most of the driving and the unsuspecting “salesman” was an actor. It was actually a commercial uploaded to YouTube by Pepsi one of Gordon’s NASCAR sponsors. What gave away the joke?
Jalopnik.com studied the video and came up with some dead givaways.
–The car on the lot has a sticker that says ’09′ on the windshield. That means it’s a 2009 Camaro. The problem is that there wasn’t a Camaro made in 2009. At all. 2010 was the first year. A closer inspection will show that the Camaro has a 2013 interior (2013 is the first year with nav) and the brand new five spoke wheels. That makes this car brand new
–During the entire drive, there isn’t one shot of Jeff Gordon driving the car. We see him put the camera in at the beginning and turn it towards the passenger. At the end when he parks the car, the camera is suddenly back on Gordon. That’s because Gordon didn’t drive the car, according to our tipster. A report in Concord, NC’s Independent Tribune verifies what our insider told me: “Racer Brad Noffsinger, who works with the Richard Petty Driving Experience, did the stunt work for the production.”
–There is one “salesman” from Troutman Motors — where the ad was filmed — named “Steve” featured in the video. “Steve” is the only Troutman Motors “employee” who doesn’t have his face blurred out, meaning he would have signed a release to be in the video, since filming without discretion is illegal in most states.
There are a number of other clues including liability issues and product placement that you can check out here You can check out the video below and see for yourself the obvious clues that make it clear this is a prank.