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Jasper Motorsports set to aim high at Atlanta Motor Speedway Team to display flag and decals representing support for United States Air Force and the Air National Guard Mooresville, NC --Flags are raised every day across America, but few will...

Jasper Motorsports set to aim high at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Team to display flag and decals representing support for United States Air Force and the Air National Guard

Mooresville, NC --Flags are raised every day across America, but few will be prouder to fly their colors than the No. 77 Jasper Engines and Transmissions Racing Team when they arrive at Atlanta Motor Speedway later this week.

On Thursday, October 23, 2003, the team along with driver, Dave Blaney, and team co-owner, Mark Harrah, will land at Robins Air force Base to attend a ceremony where they will receive a flag that was flown during Operation Iraqi Freedom in April and express their gratitude to Air Force and the Air National Guard for their services in support of the ground force troops.

Prior to the flag presentation from Colonel James Jones, Commander, 116th Operations Group, Harrah and Blaney will unveil the No. 77 Jasper Engines and Transmissions Ford Taurus the team plans to run at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The deck lid of the car will boast special decals honoring the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and 116th Air Control Wing logos on the trunk.

"It is an honor to represent the United States Military in this fashion," said Harrah. "It is because of the men and woman who protect our nation that we are afforded the freedom to live the way we do and that we have the luxuries we have, like racing."

The ceremony will take place in front of the E-8C aircraft, also known as the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (J-STARS). JSTARS is the airborne battlefield management and peacekeeping system.

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, JSTARS flew more than 50 missions in the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Media members interested in attending the ceremony should meet at Robins Air Force Base Visitor's Center no later than 2:30pm on Thursday.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dave Blaney