Originally written on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 6/16/12

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 15: Dale Earnhardt Jr., speaks with the media during NASCAR Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway on January 15, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)

 

Maybe an awesomely cool paint scheme is all Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs to find his way back to Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway, the site of his last Cup victory four years ago.

Dale Jr. will be driving a special No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew/“The Dark Knight Rises”-inspired Chevrolet in Sunday’s race, and tested at the two-mile track before going alongside Batman’s iconic Tumbler during demonstration laps around the speedway on Thursday.

“I’m excited to finally get the No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew ‘The Dark Knight Rises’-inspired Chevrolet out on the track,” said Earnhardt, driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. “And it was cool to draft with the Dark Knight Tumbler.”

Earnhardt asked DEW Crew members in May to vote on one of four paint schemes inspired by this summer’s most-anticipated blockbuster and third installment of the Dark Knight trilogy, “The Dark Knight Rises.” The winning design – for which Earnhardt provided creative input — features the Bat Shield on the hood and the faces of the film’s two leading characters, Batman and Bane, on either side.

Thirsty for more? Mountain Dew is hosting ultimate “The Dark Knight Rises” fan experiences both on and offline:

  • Starting now, a new limited-time-only flavor, Mtn Dew Dark Berry inspired by “The Dark Knight Rises” is available nationwide for eight weeks.
  • Select 16-oz cans of DEW will use thermochromic ink to feature the Bat Symbol that transforms to a distinctive green color of DEW when chilled. The limited-time 16 oz. cans are now on shelves.
  • Mountain Dew will unlock DEWGothamCity.com on Monday, June 18, providing fans with unprecedented access into a virtual Gotham City.
  • Fans that participate in the DEWGothamCity.com experience and enter product codes from specially marked packages of DEW and Fountain Cups will earn points to redeem for DEW or “The Dark Knight Rises” gear, or for sweepstakes entries for a chance to win exclusive prizes.

Launched earlier this season, the DEW Crew gives Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans access to exclusive No. 88 team-related content and the chance to vote on potential paint schemes, fire suits, and activities in races throughout the year. The term, originally used in the 1980s to describe the pit crew working on Darrell Waltrip’s No. 11 Mountain Dew Buick, has now evolved to encompass both Earnhardt’s pit crew as well as JR Nation. Fans can join the DEW Crew at www.dewcrew.com.

For more information on Mountain Dew and “The Dark Knight Rises,” including details on how to enter for a chance to win tickets to the film’s July 16 premiere in New York City, go to facebook.com/mountaindew or follow @mtn_dew on Twitter.

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