It seemed like a good idea to Sarah Fisher, a driver in the Indy 500. Show her support for Hillary Clinton at 220 mph! They both ran into a snag today:

"Hillary” won’t be crossing the finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indy Series driver Sarah Fisher is backing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential race and she had planned to surprise the candidate this morning by putting the campaign’s "Hillary” logo on the team’s powder-blue race car.

Minutes before Clinton arrived at Fisher’s garage on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the panels bearing the logo were taken off and whisked out of sight.

It turns out that a free advertisement on an IndyCar car meets the definition of a corporate donation, and that isn’t allowed under federal campaign finance laws.

Racing teams charge sponsors, from oil companies to pharmaceutical manufacturers, millions of dollars a season to put their names on cars that run in front of the thousands of fans who watch in the stands and on television. Giving that advertising space to Clinton would amount to an illegal gift.

Fisher had planned to run the car around the track during practice today in Clinton’s honor. She took the decals off at the campaign’s request, said Klint Briney, Fisher’s spokesman.

"She was really excited to show her support at 220 miles per hour,” Briney said. Fisher "understands the situation” and wasn’t disappointed. "Some of this stuff gets pretty sticky,” he said.

Fisher, who will try to qualify for her seventh Indianapolis 500 this month, gave Clinton a racing helmet instead of the free campaign ad, and the candidate posed for pictures with the team owner and her crew.

"We need to get on the track in America,” Clinton, 60, said, testing out automotive metaphors. "If you want to go forward, you put it in D. If you want to go backward, you put it in R.”

Fisher, 27, who lives in Indianapolis, said she voted for Clinton this morning, and gave the candidate a little lesson in racing.

"Just so you know, we don’t have reverse in this car,” Fisher said.

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