Custer Raising The Bar With Dixie Vodkaby Press Release January 19, 2021 0 comments
KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – After a rookie season in which Cole Custer scored his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory and advanced to the playoffs, the driver of the No. 41 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing is raising the bar in 2021 by partnering with Dixie Vodka.
The largest premium craft vodka produced in the Southeast, Charleston, South Carolina-based Dixie Vodka is now the Official Vodka of Stewart-Haas Racing and will be the primary sponsor of Custer for two NASCAR Cup Series races in 2021. Custer will drive the No. 41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang on Feb. 21 at the road course at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and on June 20 at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway. For all other races, Dixie Vodka will be an associate sponsor on the No. 41 Ford.
“As the Official Vodka of NASCAR and title sponsor of the Dixie Vodka 400 on Feb. 28 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, a driver and team partnership was the last piece of the puzzle for us going into the new season,” said Matti Christian Anttila, founder of Dixie Vodka and CEO of Grain & Barrel Spirits. “We’re proud to partner with Stewart-Haas Racing and Cole Custer for 2021. Cole is a great driver and has the right personality to help introduce Dixie Vodka to NASCAR fans worldwide. We look forward to toasting Cole’s success as he races for more victories on the track.”
Launched in 2014 by Grain & Barrel Spirits, Dixie Vodka includes six unique expressions, all representing the best of Southern flavor and craftsmanship. Since its debut, Dixie Vodka has been one of the most awarded vodkas in the United States, including Dixie Black Pepper being crowned the top-flavored vodka in the world at the globally recognized San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2019 and Dixie Citrus being named one of the Top 100 Spirits of 2020 by Wine Enthusiast magazine.
Similarly to Dixie Vodka, Custer has proven to be a unique competitor whose talent has been rewarded. When he won the NASCAR Cup Series race last July at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, he became one of just 10 drivers to have won a race in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series – Cup, Xfinity and Truck – as well as ARCA and a NASCAR developmental series (K&N Pro Series). Additionally, Custer secured the NASCAR Cup Series rookie-of-the-year award more than two months before the season ended as he was the only rookie in the NASCAR Playoffs.
“I’m genuinely excited about my new partnership with Dixie Vodka,” said Custer, who turns 23 on Friday. “Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series is a privilege and success doesn’t come easily. You have to work hard for it, and when you taste success, you’re ready to celebrate. I’ve got a great partner in Dixie Vodka that knows how to celebrate. The people behind the brand have worked incredibly hard to make Dixie Vodka the largest premium craft vodka produced in the Southeast. I look forward to raising a glass with them as we enjoy more success together in 2021.”
About Dixie Vodka:
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, and launched in 2014, Dixie Vodka is the first Official Vodka of NASCAR, title sponsor of the Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the Official Vodka of Stewart-Haas Racing. It is the largest premium craft vodka produced in the Southeast and the ninth-fastest growing spirit brand in the United States (as ranked in 2019 and 2020 by the Beverage Information Group). In addition to its core Southern Vodka, 6x distilled from all-American corn and naturally gluten-free, Dixie has five authentically southern flavors, all using ingredients grown by local farmers. Committed to responsible stewardship of the land, Dixie is a proud member of 1% For The Planet, as well as a certified South Carolina product. Dixie is owned by Grain & Barrel Spirits, which develops and scales craft spirits that connect the best artisans to consumers worldwide. Grain & Barrel is a member of the Inc. 5000, the definitive list of the fastest growing, privately held companies in the United States, and also owns pre-Prohibition favorite Chicken Cock Whiskey; The Endless Summer Spirits Company; and High Goal Gin. Please join Dixie Vodka on Facebook and on Instagram.
About Stewart-Haas Racing:
Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The Kannapolis, North Carolina-based organization has won two NASCAR Cup Series titles, one NASCAR Xfinity Series championship and 90 NASCAR races, including such crown-jewel events as the Daytona 500, Brickyard 400 and Southern 500. For more information, please visit us online at StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram and on YouTube.
Source/Photo Credit: Stewart-Haas Racing