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Air Force returns as sponsor for Almirola

February 04, 2013, Staff report,

Air Force to be primary sponsor for two races, associate sponsor all season

The U.S. Air Force will once again partner with Richard Petty Motorsports as a primary sponsor for Aric Almirola's No. 43 Ford Fusion for two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, while being an associate sponsor of the car for the entire season.

The star-studded U.S. Air Force paint scheme will adorn the car for the Memorial Day weekend race at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Fourth of July weekend race at Daytona International Speedway.

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 Air Force will also continue its experiential marketing activities at NASCAR events, air shows and festivals throughout the year, taking the No. 43 U.S. Air Force Ford show car and "Hangar 43" interactive display to environments where recruiters can connect with young adults. It will also continue to hold swear-in ceremonies of Airmen in the Delayed Entry Program at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

Almirola, who was born on Elgin (Fla.) Air Force base and whose father served in the Air Force, will take part in the at-track swear-in ceremonies.

"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 lifelong history with the Air Force."