U.S. Army to exit NASCAR

July 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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WASHINGTON, July 10 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army will end its 10-year relationship with NASCAR, the racing organization's Web site announced Tuesday.

The Newman-Haas racing team said the Army would not be sponsoring its entry, driven by Ryan Newman, next year, citing a reallocation of the military's marketing budget.

The decision comes as two members of Congress, Reps. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) and Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) seek to disengage the military from a promotional presence in car racing, bass fishing and other sporting events.

The Representatives argue the sponsorships do not lead to increased recruitment, the Washington newspaper The Hill reported Tuesday.

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