A sweater vest-wearing car salesman taking out a potential customer for a test drive in a black Chevy Camaro knows the drill for those unaccustomed to being behind the wheel of a sports car. He tells the man “nice and easy and just head on out.” But little did he know, he was about to be taken for the ride of his life as part of Pepsi Max promotion.
“I don’t know if I can handle it,” the customer says checking out the sports car. “I’ve never driven anything like this before.”
“I’ll tell you what, I think a way to make you feel comfortable would be to put you behind the wheel,” the salesman said, seemingly unaware that he was about to be made very uncomfortable himself.
Starting out, the customer seems uneasy with the power of the car. “Just get a feel for it,” the salesman says.
Taking this cue, the driver guns it in the parking lot, does a donut spin and continues on with other terrifying antics that are soon apparently the antics of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon.
The salesman cringes, screams, curses (bleeped out of course) and threatens to call the cops when he’s finally safe in the parking lot after the crazy test drive.
Gordon stops the salesman from making good on this threat saying it was all a prank, rips off his mustache and identifies himself.
Posted on YouTube on Tuesday, the video already has more than 7 million views.
Perhaps you’ve already seen the intensely viral video on TheBlaze Blog but why not give it another spin, so to speak?
Parts of the footage was captured by a Pepsi can-cam in the cup holder and a camera in Gordon’s artificial glasses.
Some might not recognize Gordon in the prank and think it’s not him, even though in the video it is revealed as Gordon putting on the costume. Even still, the 41-year-old NASCAR driver is also very open about his involvement on Twitter:
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) March 12, 2013
— Jeff Gordon (@JeffGordonWeb) March 13, 2013
We can’t officially confirm whether or not the car salesman was in on the prank and acting or was genuinely surprised. The Hickory Record reported the viral video was filmed in Concord, North Carolina, at the Troutman Motors and Philip Morris in February. The footage has a written disclaimer that notes it was filmed on a closed track, which might indicate the salesman was really aware of what was going on. The Hickory Record also reported that the stunt work in the video was done by Brad Noffsinger with Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Given what you’ve seen of the footage and what you know about the filming of it (closed course and stunt driver for parts), let us know what you think about the salesman involved by taking our poll: