National Guard to serve as primary sponsor for 20 races in 2014
Dale Earnhardt Jr. will carry primary sponsorship from the Army National Guard for 20 races in 2014, including the Daytona 500, Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday in a press release.
The National Guard will also serve as an associate sponsor for the remaining 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. The organization said in the release that additional sponsorship would be announced at a later date.
"It's an incredible privilege to work with and represent the Guard," Earnhardt Jr. said. "We have the opportunity to interact with those who serve our country and many who are considering military careers. I'm personally in awe of their sacrifices and feel a tremendous amount of pride in our relationship with them. The entire No. 88 team is looking forward to another season together."
Currently in sixth place in the point standings, Junior has seven top-fives and 18 top-10s this season in his No. 88 Chevrolet. He sported a National Guard paint scheme during his runner-up finish in February's Daytona 500.
In fact, Junior's Chevrolet had National Guard colors in six of his seven top-fives -- at Phoenix and Fontana early this season, at Pocono twice and in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover in September.
"We've been honored to partner with the National Guard since 2007," team owner Rick Hendrick said. "Sports affiliations drive engagement, and we know citizen soldiers are especially likely to engage with NASCAR specifically. The Guard has recognized the opportunities, and Dale Jr. has been a terrific spokesperson. We're proud to continue what's been an effective and impactful program."