Though NASCAR is officially based in Daytona Beach, Florida, the geographic home of American stock car racing is in and around Charlotte, North Carolina, where most of the top NASCAR teams have their race shops. When the state senate voted unanimously to block internet auto sales in NC, since dealer franchise laws there already prevent Tesla from opening its own retail outlets the new legislation would have made it impossible for the company to sell cars there at all. Tesla, in response, has come up with a novel way to lobby lawmakers in a state known for its car enthusiasm: they gave legislators test drives in Tesla’s Model S.
“When you accelerate it, it was the same sort of feeling I got when I test-drove a Mustang Boss back when I was probably 23 years old,” North Carolina House Speaker Thomas Tillis, 53, a Republican, told the Raleigh News & Observer. (Read More…)