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Case Summary

DuPont NASCAR Marketing

Case Number: 5-107-014, Year Published: 2007

HBS Number: KEL166

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Authors: Mark Jeffery; Justin Williams

Key Concepts

Sponsorship Marketing, Return on Investment (ROI), Campaign Management, Measurement, Metrics, Campaign Planning, Campaign Strategy, Marketing Efficacy, Internet Marketing


In 1992, Joe Jackson, former manager of DuPont Motorsports for twelve years, was angling to get the paint business at Rick Hendrick’s sixty-five automotive dealerships across the United States. In order to win the Hendrick car dealership paint contract, Jackson and Hendrick met to discuss the possibility of sponsoring Hendrick’s new team and rookie NASCAR driver—Jeff Gordon. As a result of that meeting, DuPont signed on to be the primary sponsor. By 2006 Gordon was a NASCAR superstar and the DuPont logo—viewed by millions—was a household brand. While this level of exposure was exciting for the company, executives at DuPont could not help but wonder if they were fully leveraging this tremendous marketing opportunity. Gordon was on fire—but was DuPont maximizing the heat? The DuPont-NASCAR case tasks students and executives with designing a creative marketing campaign to activate the NASCAR sponsorship opportunity and maximize value beyond conventional sponsorship marketing. This open-ended challenge encourages students and executives to think outside of the traditional marketing tactics typically employed by business-to-consumer (B2C) NASCAR sponsors. Additionally, the nature of DuPont creates the need to develop a multi-dimensional plan that caters to a breadth of brands. Beyond designing a new marketing campaign, a key objective of the case is to focus students and executives on designing metrics for measurement of the return on investment (ROI) into a campaign plan. As a first step, it is important to clearly articulate the campaign and business strategy, and key business objectives mapped to the strategy.

Number of Pages: 26

Extended Case Information

Teaching Areas: Management, Marketing

Geographic: Global

Industry: Apparel/Automotive/Agriculture/Construction

Organization Name: DuPont

Organization Department: Marketing and Motorsports

Organization Size: Large

Decision Maker Position: Manager of DuPont Motorsports

Decision Maker Gender: Male

Year of Case: 2007