(USATODAY.com) - Last year, Jeff Gordon and the folks at Pepsi Max put out a YouTube clip that showed an incognito Gordon taking a car salesman for a NASCAR-like test drive/joy ride through an abandoned parking lot. Many Internet cynics, including yours truly, called shenanigans on it.
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Intent on clearing their names, Gordon and his sponsor teamed up again. They brought one of those Internet doubters - Travis Okulski from the car blog Jalopnik - down to Charlotte under the ruse that he would be test driving a new Corvette. After a long set-up, which Okulski detailed in a post on his site, the writer got into the back of a cab driven by Gordon, who was playing an ex-con turned cab driver.
The police lights flickered and a chase ensued, complete with Okulski freaking out in a completely understandable nature.
The big reveal came when Gordon pulled the cab into a warehouse decorated with Pepsi Max banners.
The first Pepsi Max viral video was a fake. But as Okulski can attest, this one was very, very real (and spectacular).
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