Diageo's Crown Royal whisky brand is expanding its “Your Name Here” NASCAR promotion in the US to honour “all of the nation's heroes” next year.

The company said yesterday (28 July) that the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will include the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 race. The brand has sponsored the race since 2010, but called it "Your Name Here", aimed at recognising US service personnel.

Next year, however, the sponsorship will expand to “recognise all of the unsung heroes who make a difference in our communities, from firefighters and police officers to local volunteers and military members”, Diageo said.

The Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 will be the marquee event of the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard, which also will feature a NASCAR Nationwide Series event, two GRAND-AM road races and Nationwide practice.