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Car and Driver has pulled one over on the public – and more importantly on the media, as several news sites and blogs have picked up on a story they wrote (Obama Orders Chevrolet and Dodge Out Of NASCAR – Car News) as fact, even though it clearly states directly after the title “HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY! THIS IS A JOKE. LIGHTEN UP, PEOPLE.”

I’ll not name names, however, a quick Google search will turn up many sites reporting this story as fact, as well as comments on said stories from the outraged NASCAR fans buying it.

In a post on Car and Driver, Jared Gall writes:

In a move sure to spark outrage, the White House announced today that GM and Chrysler must cease participation in NASCAR at the end of the 2009 season if they hope to receive any additional financial aid from the government. Companies around the globe—Honda and Audi, to name two—have drawn down racing operations, and NASCAR itself has already felt the pinch in the form of reduced team spending. A complete withdrawal from America’s premier racing series is expected to save more than $250 million between GM and Chrysler, a substantial amount considering the drastic measures being implemented elsewhere.

Gall goes on to say that the same demand will be made of Ford if the company asks for government assistance, and that NASCAR is looking for other manufacturers to fill the positions vacated by Chevrolet and Dodge.

I am really amazed at the number of people who picked up on this story, spreading it as the truth, without bothering to find out the original source, which again, clearly states that it’s an April Fools joke.

The original post in it’s entirety can be read at Car and Driver.

Happy April Fools Day!

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