Wheldon was driving a car sponsored by William Rast clothing. This is the clothing and accessories company which is owned by the pop star and actor Justin Timberlake and his best friend, Trace Ayala.
“What a Memorial Day weekend! The William Rast car just won the Indy 500!!!!” Timberlake excitedly Tweeted on Sunday. “Congrats to Dan Wheldon, the WR racing team and everyone else who put in the hard work for victory! unreal!”
An equally excited Ayala Tweeted, “We won!!!!!!!!”
The driver, Dan Wheldon, only snatched glory in the final seconds after the leading driver, JR Hildebrand, suffered a problem on the last lap, so the Indianapolis race was quite a nail-biter for Timberlake and his fellow sponsors.
This is the fourth year that William Rast has sponsored a car at the Indy, and it is the second consecutive year that they have been the sponsors of Bryan Herta Autosport, the company that owns the car that Wheldon drove.
The sponsorship was a tie-in to the launch of William Rast eye wear – the win will be sure to boost publicity on the new launch.
The Indy 500 race day was also an important event for Kelly Clarkson. The former “American Idol” winner performed a duet with Seal on the U.S. National Anthem.