Aric Almirola's No. 43 Ford will once again partner with the United States Air Force for the upcoming 2013 season. Richard Petty Motorsports has announced that the U.S. Air Force will be the primary sponsor on Almirola’s No. 43 Ford during the Memorial Day Weekend race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and during the Fourth of July race at Daytona International Speedway. The Air Force will serve as an associate sponsor during the rest of the season.
The Air Force will also continue its NASCAR tradition of holding swear-in ceremonies of Airmen in the Delayed Entry Program at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It’s a special moment for family and race fans as they get an up-close and personal look at the moment when young Americans commit themselves to serving their country in the Air Force.
It’s a special connection between Richard Petty Motorsports and the Air Force that Almirola holds close to his heart. Almirola was born on Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and his father served in the Air Force.
"I'm really proud of how Richard Petty Motorsports helps connect the Air Force with race fans," Almirola said. "We go out to the Air Force display and the swear-ins at the track, and it's great to see people lined up wanting to learn about the technology and the opportunities available. It's a perfect partnership, especially for me, having a life-long history with the Air Force."
According to Richard Petty Motorsports this is the 13th season the Air Force has been associated with NASCAR, and the fifth year as a partner with Richard Petty Motorsports. The organization is well known for its commitment to the military and veteran community. Team owner Richard Petty said the commitment to the Air Force and all of the men and women that choose to serve the country is motivation to get to Victory Lane.
"We were so proud to accept the Pole Award last Memorial Day weekend with the Air Force car behind us in Victory Lane," team owner Richard Petty said. "This year we plan to go back there - with a win. We're going to make them proud."
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