Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea is to become the first vodka to sponsor a NASCAR car since the sport lifted its ban on spirits sponsors at the beginning of the 2005 season.

The brand will be the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Roush Fenway Ford Fusion driven by Jamie McMurray.

"In its first ever major sponsorship, Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea is thrilled to utilise NASCAR as a platform to extend its Southern ideals and traditions to the millions of fans who follow the sport," said Judd Zusel, director of innovation, Diageo. "Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea sees a clear opportunity to elevate the brand even further by connecting with adult consumers that have an undying passion for the sport they love, and encourage them to enjoy our sweet tea vodka responsibly throughout the weekend's race festivities."

Jeremiah Weed Southern Style Sweet Tea earlier this year became the official sponsor of air in the stock car tires.