Air Force Continues With Petty & Wallace


RANDOLPH, Texas — The Air Force and Richard Petty Motorsports will work together for the 11th consecutive Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

The Air Force will continue to be a two-race primary sponsor of the famed No. 43 with driver Bubba Wallace, as well as a major associate throughout the season.

“The Air Force continues to see benefits from our partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports and driver, Bubba Wallace,” said Major Ross McKnight, chief, Air Force National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service. “Wallace Jr. and his personality align well with our target audience’s interests and the Air Force’s commitment to teamwork and technology.”

As a partner of the No. 43 Chevrolet team, the Air Force colors will again be featured during the two most patriotic race weekends of the year: July 4 weekend at Daytona (Florida) Int’l Speedway and Veterans Day weekend at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Ariz.

“The combination of Bubba Wallace and the iconic No. 43 provides a continuing sponsorship opportunity that reflects our Air Force core values of Integrity, Service and Excellence, as well as has a positive impact on generating public awareness about the U.S. Air Force, our people and our mission,” McKnight said. “Like NASCAR, much of our work is based on science, technology, engineering and math principles combined with teamwork and training. This sponsorship is a great way to highlight that connection.”

In his first year partnering with the Air Force, Wallace engaged with current Airmen and aspiring recruits, visiting four different Air Force bases.

“I was really impressed with all the different aspects of the Air Force and the different opportunities they offer,” said Wallace Jr. “I was able to visit different bases and see the Airmen in action and actually participate myself. That gets me excited and then I’m able to talk to inspiring students who are looking at a career in the Air Force. I’m pretty humbled to represent the Air Force.”