(USA TODAY) -- Remember that Pepsi Max viral video from 24 hours ago in which Jeff Gordon took a car salesman out for a wild test drive that included audacious spinouts, and NASCAR-like speeds? Turns out that's it not real!
Shoot, I shouldn't have revealed that news before telling you to sit down first. Don't want anyone passing out from the shock that a major corporation didn't actually have a major sports star take an illegal, litigious joyride around empty parking lots as part of an advertising campaign.
Aside from looking, feeling and seeming completely fake, the video was broken down by the car experts at Jalopnik. They found numerous signs of phoniness, among them:
• The car sticker says the car is a 2009, even though the new Camaros didn't come out until 2010.
• There's a cupholder where there is no cupholder.
• A newspaper in North Carolina says another driver performed the stunts, which is why there's no solid shot of Gordon driving the vehicle during the
When the video was released, I texted a lawyer buddy of mine to ask whether Gordon or Pepsi would have been liable for injuries inflicted upon the "car salesman" if there had been an accident.
"Stop bothering me while i'm at work," he responded.
The Independent Tribune of Concord, N.C. says the video was filmed by Will Ferrell's Funny or Die website. The salesman is an actor, as are all the other participants in the video.
Oh, and Kobe Bryant didn't jump over that Aston Martin either.