NASCAR Goes Metrosexual

A trendy hair-care line linked with the high-testosterone sport

Ten years ago, a trendy, fragrant hair-care line and a gritty, testosterone-infused sport like NASCAR would have mixed as well as water and motor oil. But last week Garnier Fructis signed on to sponsor hot young driver Brian Vickers, following deals inked last fall that paired Elizabeth Arden scent Halston Z-14 with icon Jeff Gordon and Avon with phenom Kasey Kahne. Women make up 40% of NASCAR's 75 million viewers, but they aren't the prime target. The new marketers are going after the increasing number of urban and urbane male fans who gel and spritz--and might be swayed by racing's coolest...

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