IndyCar Drivers And Crown Royal Honor Military Members At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Crown Royal goes to great lengths to honor and support the military. This week was just another display of that gratitude. This weekend, thousands of fans will flock to the Racing Capital of the World to watch their favorite drivers qualify for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 during Crown Royal Armed Forces Weekend. And starting this year, those fans will have the opportunity to permanently cement the names of their military heroes at the track in recognition of their generous sacrifice.

Inspired by the iconic Yard of Bricks marking the track’s finish line, Crown Royal and Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) have erected a brick Wall of Gratitude to display the names of military members past and present. Located in the infield at New Myers Drive and 6th Street (next to the Crown Royal tent), fans 21+ can submit names to be engraved on gold plates permanently affixed to the brick wall as a small token of appreciation for their selfless service. And throughout the weekend, Crown Royal will be randomly surprising select nominators with VIP race experiences and tickets.

Race-goers can also stop by the Crown Royal tent to assemble care packages for troops overseas, interact with custom photo booths that facilitate local charity donations and sample various whiskies. The full schedule for submissions to the Wall of Gratitude is below:

·         Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

·         Indianapolis 500 Race Weekend

·         Friday, May 26: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

·         Saturday, May 27: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

·         Sunday, May 28: 7 a.m.-12 p.m.

“Serving one’s country is, without a doubt, among the most generous things a person can do,” said Jim Ruane, Director of Crown Royal. “We look forward to seeing the Wall of Gratitude filled to the top with names of servicemen and women as we toast to their honor during Crown Royal Armed Forces Weekend and the Indy 500 – rooted in remembrance and celebration of our nation’s heroes.”

Building upon the legacy of Crown Royal’s “Your Hero’s Name Here” program, 2017 marks the sixth straight year the whisky maker has partnered with IMS to recognize the most generous among us – the true kings and queens of their communities – in one-of-a-kind ways.

“This is a fitting and unique way to honor our military heroes during the Month of May at the Racing Capital of the World,” said IMS President J. Douglas Boles. “Crown Royal’s Wall of Gratitude and the chance it provides to celebrate our military members and veterans will be a highlight for many fans visiting the track.”

Crown Royal’s “Live Generously and Life Will Treat You Royally” campaign aims to inspire generosity in all of its many forms, building upon the brand’s longstanding history of celebrating military heroes – from giving veterans the royal treatment at pro sporting events, to helping a blinded soldier see his hometown in a novel way, to year-round collection of care packages for deployed troops.

Crown Royal asks that all race fans honor generously, but drink in moderation.

Win Get Out On Blu-ray

One of the most talked about films in recent years has been Get Out. Next week the movie comes out on Blu-ray and you can win it here at MANjr. When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

Some of the special features include:

Digital Copy of Get Out

Includes UltraViolet

Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Unveiling the Horror of Get Out

Q&A Discussion with Writer/Diretor Jordan Peele and the Cast

Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Alternate Ending with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Writer/Director Jordan Peele

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How Does Your Chili Stack Up

Do you like chili? How does your recipe stack up with other recipes? When it comes to firehouse kitchens, chili recipes are always a favorite. That’s why this summer, Hormel Chili is partnering up with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to highlight the under appreciated cooking talents of firefighters across the country, while also giving them a chance to win $10,000 for their station!

Through “America’s Best Firehouse Chili Contest,” active firefighters can visit www.hormel.com/firehousechili starting today, to submit their chili recipe for a chance at the grand prize. Recipes submitted to the site will be judged by retired NYC firefighter and host of the cooking show, “Firehouse Kitchen,” Ray Cooney. Ray will be looking for originality, potential of flavor (flavor profile) and inspiration behind each recipe submission, to narrow the field down to the top 10. Once the top 10 recipes are selected, America will then have the chance to vote for the top 3, who will be flown to NYC to compete in a live chili cook-off for a chance to win $10,000 for their station!

In addition to contestant prizing, Hormel Chili will also be honoring the NFFF with a $20,000 donation to support their efforts.

Mtn DEW Stepping Up Their Game

There is some very cool news from the gaming world. Mtn DEW is getting into the action too. Mtn DEW is partnering with premiere PC gaming rig manufacturer, Origin PC and CEO Kevin Wasielewski, to create the most badass custom DEW Super Rig on the market – all through a user-influenced Twitch series.

The exact specs and details of the build will be decided by Twitch users! During an 8-week Twitch livestream on DEW’s Twitch channel, users will help determine the specs of the PC through commenting and voting in polls.

Every episode in the 8-part series—complete with guest appearances from pros, top gaming hosts, and industry insiders—will highlight a core gaming rig component from the Super Rig which users can influence (i.e.: graphics card, motherboard).

Notable Twitch influencer hosts include:

MightyMouseUFC

Optic Di3sel

Kevin Wasielewski from Origin PC

Zombiunicorn

Dyrus

Koozyl

Jeff Cannata

Christian Spicer

Twitch users will also get prizes by commenting and participating.  Example prizes include custom headsets, keyboards, DEW merch and more. The series launches on May 31st and will publish weekly until June 19, when the gaming PC will be completed. Each session will be hosted by DEW’s Twitch Game Fuel host David Miller and will last two hours. Even better, DEW will give the PC away to one lucky Twitch user once it’s done (est. value of $50K)!

Captain Morgan Hangs With The Rock For Baywatch Movie Premiere

This past weekend Captain Morgan traveled to Miami to meet the cast and crew of Baywatch at the official red carpet premiere. Select stars and producers were seen sipping the newest addition of the Captain Morgan family – Captain Morgan LocoNut, a delicious coconut shot – while fans watched the red carpet action on the beach.

The red carpet and VIP tent served LocoNut cocktails in real coconuts to the cast and crew, which many enjoyed in between their takes down the red carpet. At the VIP after-party, guests could also enjoy LocoNut shots and Morgan Mule cocktails.

Captain Morgan LocoNut is making a big splash this summer, just like the long-awaited release of the Baywatch movie. The stars were excited about the bottle, which is shaped and smells like a coconut, and the delicious taste that’s basically summer in a bottle.

Locojito

1½ oz. Captain Morgan LocoNut

6 Fresh Mint Leaves, plus 1 sprig to garnish

3 oz. Coconut Water

Muddle mint in the bottom of a tall glass. Add coconut water and LocoNut and stir to combine. Add ice to fill and garnish with a sprig of mint.

Red Suit Ready

1½ oz LocoNut

1½ oz Coconut Water

¾ oz Captain Morgan White Rum

1½ oz Strawberry Daiquiri Mix

¾ oz Water

Combine LocoNut and coconut water. Stir to combine. Separately, combine Captain Morgan White Rum, strawberry daiquiri mix, and water. Stir to combine. Fill a plastic freezie sleeve halfway up with strawberry daiquiri mixture. Top with LocoNut mixture and freeze overnight before serving.

MTN DEW And Dale Jr Team Up For A Cool Looking Ride

Some cool news coming from the racing world. To celebrate America’s favorite summer holidays, Mtn Dew is teaming up with decade-long partner Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his final racing season to celebrate America and introduce a new flavor that is sure to be the go-to drink for any summer gathering: DEW-S-A.

To celebrate DEW fans’ flavor-mixing experiments on social media, DEW-S-A was created from a combination of three fan favorite flavors: Code Red, White Out and Voltage to make it a red, white and blue summer across America. What better way to promote this new product than with an infomercial starring “pitchman” Dale Jr.– and a fully functioning 1800 call-in number – 1-877-DEWSA-88 – for fans to purchase the product!

Coming up this weekend at Kansas Speedway on May 13, there will be a special Mtn Dew DEW-S-A paintout on Earnhardt’s No. 88 Chevrolet SS. Red, white and blue in-store displays across the country will feature the same bold star-spangled graphics, but will be easier for fans to see than the paintout on Earnhardt’s Hendrick Motorsports car as it zooms by at nearly 200 mph.

Budweiser Salutes Derek Jeter

Many Yankee fans are looking to go Sunday’s game in the Bronx as the Yankees retire Derek Jeter’s number. To celebrate and honor one of America’s most beloved baseball players, Budweiser, the official beer of MLB, created a tribute video in advance of Sunday’s ceremony to raise a cold one to Jeter’s iconic number.

The emotive video, titled “This Bud’s For 2,”portrays how New York City is forever changed because of Jeter’s commitment to the game, the city and its fans. The 2-minute long video takes baseball fans and New Yorkers alike on a journey to experience what the city would look like with the number two missing from iconic landmarks and back drops (think the clock on the Flatiron building, the 2 train, 2nd Avenue, etc.).

After Jeter watched the Bud video, he noted: “I’m honored MLB and Budweiser chose to celebrate my jersey retirement this way, and I’m really looking forward to being back at Yankee Stadium this weekend.”

Things Are Heating Up In The Dew NBA 3X

Sure the NBA Playoffs are still going on, but we all need more basketball in our life. Thankfully the NBA and Mountain Dew will tip off the second iteration of Dew NBA 3X – a national elite 3×3 basketball competition tour – on Saturday, May 13 in Chicago.  This year’s basketball competition tour will feature some of FIBA’s top 100 globally ranked players and make stops in six NBA markets throughout the summer – with the winning teams from each city qualifying for the 2018 USA Basketball 3×3 National Tournament.

The tour builds on the growing excitement for the 3×3 platform, which will soon be evaluated for inclusion in the next Summer Olympics.

Following Chicago, Dew NBA 3X will visit Miami (June), New York City (June), Washington D.C. (July), San Francisco (Aug.) and finally, Los Angeles (Sept.), where local market winners will compete in the tour’s championship rounds.