The men and women of the United States Air Force answer their nation’s call each day by flying, fighting, and winning in air, space, and cyberspace through the development of airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. A guardian of justice, the Air Force possesses a tradition of honor and legacy of valor that has established it as the world’s finest aerospace power. From the campaigns in World War II when air power came of age in the European and Pacific theatres to today’s global power and engagement, the Air Force carries out its mission to protect American citizens and allies anywhere at any time.\r\n\r\nRichard Petty Motorsports and the U.S. Air Force are a natural partnership. Just as “The King” has inspired legions of fans through his winning tradition and commitment to community, the Air Force’s core values are integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all they do. This partnership not only shares the creed of speed, but it provides an opportunity to inspire young Americans to consider service in the Air Force as a rewarding career choice.\r\n\r\nThe U.S. Air Force is a long-standing sponsor of the NASCAR Nextel Cup series. In 2010, the Air Force partnered with Richard Petty Motorsports for the No. 19 car driven by Elliot Sadler. For 37 races, Sadler’s No. 19 featured the Air Force’s dark blue paint scheme.\r\n\r\nCol. Michael J. Tillema, the U.S. Air Force’s chief of strategic marketing and communications said of partnering with “The King,” “The Air Force is all about speed, agility, and pushing the boundaries of technology, and we believe those features align well with this great American sport and its fans.”\r\n\r\nIn 2012, the Air Force is continuing its partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and the No. 43 car with driver Aric Almirola for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Air Force will have flyovers, swear-ins with new enlistees, and has planned school recruiting visits with the No. 43 show car.\r\n\r\n”This is our tenth season in NASCAR and we look forward to competing and winning with the Richard Petty team,” said Brigadier General Balan Ayyar. “This is a high-performing atmosphere that aligns with the leadership, technology, and competitive spirit of our Airmen and Air Force-and we’re excited about NASCAR’s efforts to reach a broader audience. We certainly intend to go beyond the race track to reach supporters and fans and emphasize the speed, power, precision, and teamwork that is common to both NASCAR and the Air Force.”\r\n\r\nRichard Petty Motorsports and Richard Petty Driving Experience are proud to have the force of the nation’s finest with them on and off the track.\r\n\r\nVisit www.airforce.com for more information.