Aflac Partners with Roush Fenway Racing to Sponsor NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series Races Aflac Duck paint scheme to premier July 1 Columbus, Ga. - June 15, 2007 - With a successful acting career in television commercials and even movies, the...
Aflac Partners with Roush Fenway Racing to Sponsor NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
and Busch Series Races
Aflac Duck paint scheme to premier July 1
Columbus, Ga. - June 15, 2007 - With a successful acting career in television commercials and even movies, the Aflac Duck has added yet another role to its already impressive repertoire - race-car driving. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) today announced that it is partnering with Roush Fenway Racing to sponsor eight NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series races in the 2007 season.
Greg Biffle will drive the No. 16 Aflac Ford for its debut at the NEXTEL Cup race on July 1 at New Hampshire International Speedway for a total of four races. Aflac is also sponsoring four Busch Series races with drivers Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Jamie McMurray.
"We look forward to working with a world-class team like Roush Fenway Racing to bring the Aflac brand closer to NASCAR fans," said Paul S. Amos II, president, Aflac; COO, U.S. Operations. "In addition to uniting with another great brand and working with these exciting drivers, this sponsorship will be a useful platform to build additional awareness of how our products can help consumers in their quest to balance everyday living expenses with out-of-pocket health care costs not covered by their existing major medical insurance."
Aflac's Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Jeff Herbert added: "We believe the marketing opportunities that will result as a part of our sponsorship with this great motorsports leader will help grow our business and reach our broad consumer base."
"I am extremely excited to work with Aflac, with its reputation as a solid, strong business leader and innovative company," said Jack Roush, Roush Fenway Racing team owner. "Aflac is a welcome addition to our team, and to racing."
"Aflac is certainly a household name, whether people are familiar with their service or just their commercials," added NASCAR Driver Biffle. "I've been fortunate to have several high profile national sponsors - and now Aflac - that the average race fan is familiar with and has likely had a good experience with their service or product. I know Aflac has been involved with the NASCAR broadcasts but I am excited to debut their paint scheme at New Hampshire next month."
The paint scheme was unveiled today at Michigan International Speedway and can be viewed at aflacracing.com. The Aflac Racing schedule below is also available on the Web site.
Greg Biffle - No. 16 Aflac Ford, NEXTEL Cup Series
* July 1, New Hampshire International Speedway
* July 15, Chicagoland Speedway
* Sept. 2, California Speedway
* Sept. 30, Kansas Speedway
Carl Edwards - No. 60 Aflac Ford, Busch Series
* July 6, Daytona International Speedway
Matt Kenseth - No. 17 Aflac Ford, Busch Series
* Aug. 11, Watkins Glen International
Jamie McMurray - No. 26 Aflac Ford, Busch Series
* Aug. 24, Bristol Motor Speedway
* Sept. 7, Richmond International Raceway
For more than 50 years, Aflac products have given policyholders the opportunity to direct cash where it is needed most when a life-interrupting medical event causes financial challenges. Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the number one insurance company in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Our insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide. Aflac has been included in Fortune magazine's listing of America's Most Admired Companies for seven consecutive years and in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for nine consecutive years. Aflac has also been recognized three times by both Fortune magazine's listing of the Top 50 Employers for Minorities and Working Mother magazine's listing of the 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR's largest team operating 14 motorsports teams, five in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; five in the Busch Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Todd Kluever, Michel Jourdain Jr. and Danny O'Quinn Jr.; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Edwards, Peter Shepherd, Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell and T.J. Bell; and one in the ARCA/REMAX Series with Colin Braun and Darnell. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto www.RoushFenway.com.