Inside Track

  • Updated: March 3, 2008 - 9:13 AM

In NASCAR, sponsorship is everything. This season, NASCAR fans are going to see a new logo on the Target-sponsored cars in the Sprint Cup and IndyCar series. Polaroid has entered into a partnership with Target to slap its name on the red Target cars, including those driven by Chip Ganassi Racing.

Polaroid will be displayed prominently on the Target cars throughout the 36-race NASCAR season and 16-race Indy calendar. Polaroid will be the primary sponsor of the cars for one race in each series.

Polaroid, a division of Twin Cities-based Petters Group Worldwide, hopes to showcase products such as its digital mobile instant photo printer.

Watergate revisited

Watergate 101 for lawyers is the next business-and-law forum at the University of St. Thomas.

The star-studded lineup features one of the most famous White House counsels in history: John Dean. Egil (Bud) Krogh Jr., who helped direct the White House "plumbers" unit, is also on the podium, as well as two prosecutors in the Watergate case: Charles Bryer, a current U.S. District Court judge; and Jill Wine-Banks, who handled the cross-examination of Nixon secretary Rose Mary Woods regarding the 18 1/2-minute gap in secret Oval Office recordings. The forum will discuss ethics and what lawyers did and did not learn from Watergate.

The event is at 4 p.m. April 2 in the Schulze Atrium at the St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis. Admission is $25 for the public and $75 for lawyers seeking continuing legal-education credit.

O'Hara TAGged

Travel Acquisitions Group, the Minneapolis-based  travel chain that was created in a management-led buyout of the Carlson Leisure Group this year, now has its principal buyer on the payroll in the form of Lehman Brothers investment banker J.D. O'Hara.

O'Hara will lead TAG's strategy of growth through expansion and acquisition using capital largely provided by outside investors.

TAG has annual sales of more than $6 billion, with 1,700 travel company-owned and franchised agency locations.

Less Wings

Famous Minnesota birdman Kenneth H. Dahlberg sold off a multimillion-dollar chunk of his wings this month.

The World War II fighter ace, Watergate figure and businessman sold about $12.3 million of shares held in Buffalo Wild Wings, the Minneapolis restaurant chain for which he serves as a director.

Dahlberg, the chairman of Carefree Capital Inc., held 1,040,220 shares of Wild Wings through Carefree at the start of the year. He whittled that to 519,007 in a series of trades Feb. 14-22. He also has 562,239 shares of the company in his name, according to Bloomberg.

Dahlberg was chairman of Buffalo Wild Wings from June 2003 until August 2007.

DAVID PHELPS, JANET MOORE, MATT MCKINNEY

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