NASCAR driver Ken Schrader's show car races to museum
By Rob Bardua, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
/ Published September 20, 2006
DAYTON, Ohio -- Linking the worlds of auto racing and Air Force aerodynamics, a NASCAR show car bearing the Air Force logo and embodying a partnership between the service and Wood Brothers Racing will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from June 28 through July 1.
The car, which will be on display outside of the museum, is representative of the one scheduled to be driven by Ken Schrader on July 1 at the Pepsi 400 in Daytona, Fla., and selected other 2006 Nextel Cup series races.
The No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion is a fully functional racecar, built to NASCAR Nextel Cup Series basic specifications. The car boasts more than 750 horsepower and can reach speeds above 200 miles per hour.
The car will be on display from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day, except for Friday, June 30. On June 30, the car will be on display from 12-5 p.m. outside of the museum, and from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the museum's back field as part of the Freedom's Call Military Tattoo pre-show events.
By advertising with the team, the Air Force seeks to leverage NASCAR's popularity with young and technically and mechanically inclined audiences as part of the service's intensified recruiting strategy.
The Air Force's growing partnership with NASCAR traces back to 1999, when the service sought creative ways to boost recruiting and recognized the mutual characteristics defining auto racing and the Air Force, such as speed, power and teamwork, along with the fact that many NASCAR fans happen to be enthusiastic supporters of the U.S. military.
The National Museum of the United States Air Force is located on Springfield Pike, six miles northeast of downtown Dayton. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day). Admission and parking are free.
NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, contact the National Museum of the United States Air Force Public Affairs Division at (937) 255-4704, ext. 330 or 333.