NASCAR & Auto Racing

NASCAR and Obama? Not so fast

It appeared that Barack Obama may have found a running mate – racecar driver Ken Schrader.

Sports Illustrated reported Friday that the Democratic presidential candidate is in talks to sponsor Schrader's No.49 car at Pocono on Aug. 3

Late Friday, however, the Obama campaign said there would be no sponsorship.

“The Obama campaign will not be sponsoring a car in the Sprint Cup series, though we will continue to look for ways to reach out to voters,” said Bill Burton, an Obama campaign spokesman.

Obama wouldn't have been the first presidential candidate to buy into racing. In 2002, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards' political action committee sponsored a dirt-track racer in Iowa.