"RPM's strong legacy in NASCAR and Almirola's
values and character are a great fit for the Air
Force and the type of recruits that we look to
attract through the sponsorship,” said Col.
Marcus Johnson, chief of the Strategic Marketing
Division at Air Force Recruiting Service.
"Our association with NASCAR and RPM is helping
us achieve our strategic goal of connecting with
the patriotic fan base and recruiting
technically inclined youth."
The Air Force is both a primary and associate
sponsor of the No. 43 car, driven by Almirola, a
28-year-old driver who was born on Eglin Air
Force Base, Fla., and whose father served in the
Air Force. As a primary sponsor, the car will
feature the Air Force paint scheme in two of 36
NASCAR points races this season.
"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, really,
especially for me, having a life-long history
with the Air Force."