Richard Petty Motorsports and the U.S. Air Force to continue partnership in 2020

Photo By: Nigel Kinrade Photography / NKP

By Sarah Handy, Staff Writer

For the 12th consecutive season Richard Petty Motorsports and the U.S. Air Force will once again join forces during the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

The U.S. Air Force recruiting with the mission to inspire, engage and recruit future Airmen, will continue their partnership with the No. 43 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE driven by Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr.

“The U.S. Air Force is excited to continue its partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports. The partnership provides a strategic platform to generate public awareness about the U.S. Air Force’s core values and mission,” Major Ross McKnight, Chief, Air Force National Events Branch at Air Force Recruiting Service, said.

“It showcases the similarities between the U.S. Air Force and NASCAR, which include strong teamwork, technology, engineering, and speed. It also shows how young Americans can turn their hobbies and interests into a career in the U.S. Air Force.”

Richard Petty Motorsports and the U.S. Air Force’s 2020 partnership will begin in the season opener DAYTONA 500. The No. 43 will once again display the iconic teeth of the A-10 Warthog for the second consecutive year.

“I have really enjoyed our partnership with the U. S. Air Force,” Wallace said. “It is incredible what they do each and every day, around the world to protect our country. I am proud to do my part in assisting in the mission to inspire and recruit the best and brightest Airmen.

“To have this partnership include the DAYTONA 500 this year is awesome.” The 26-year old said. “Not to mention the “Warthog” is my favorite paint scheme. It is awesome.”

The U.S. Air Force will remain an associate partner on the No. 43 for the entire 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

It’s important to note that Wallace’s entry into Daytona will differ this year. While Wallace normally enters the infield of Daytona International Speedway through Turn 4 or the Turn 1 tunnel, this year the U.S. Air Force will deliver Wallace to his third full-time season in the series.

Wallace will tandem jump with the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blues on Thursday, February 13 into the infield of the ‘World Center of Racing’ from a jumping height of 10,000 feet.

In his two previous starts in the Great American Race, Wallace has finishes of second and an unfortunate 38th place result last season due to a crash.

However, his second place finish in the 2018 DAYTONA 500 is the highest finish by a NASCAR Cup Series rookie to date in the prestigious race.

Additionally, it is also the best finish of an African American driver in the DAYTONA 500.

Overall, in Cup Series competition at the famed superspeedway, Wallace has one top-five, one top-10 and four top-15 finishes in five starts.

The NASCAR Cup Series season opener DAYTONA 500 will take place on Sunday February 16 at 2:30 p.m. live on Fox.

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