DISCUSSIONS

U.S. Army's Involvement in Motorsports
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Ryan Newman

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Statesville NC

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
 
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Tell your Congressperson you support the U.S. Army's involvement in motorsports: http://bit.ly/4yLnaI

What makes U.S. Army's motorsports initiatives successful?

The U.S. Army registers positive perception changes among fans, event attendees and those aware of the Army sponsorship. In a 2009 study among fans nationwide, 37% feel more positive about the Army due to its involvement in motorsports.

Last year alone, the U.S. Army's motorsports programs generated more than 46,000 qualified leads, more than 1,300 pledges of support from key business and community leaders, and more than 484 million media impressions (34 million of which offered specific Army recruiting messages).

Motorsports is one of the few areas where both prospects and influencers share a high degree of interest. For more than a decade, these sponsorships have allowed the Army access to schools, venues and influencers that the organization has been unable to penetrate on the same scale through any other effort.

The U.S. Army offers more scholarships than any other organization in America. The Army offers young Americans wonderful opportunities to pursue their education, to develop leadership skills, and to pursue training in more than 150 career fields.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Consider it done!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011
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Well put!

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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I think it's great that the Army serves as a sponsor in motorsports - NASCAR, NHRA, whatever it might be. Beyond the tool for recruiting, I think it gives an extra public awareness about the brave men and women who protect our freedom and keep our nation safe. God Bless America!

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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  • June
  • Sioux Falls SD

This will not affect only Ryan, the National Guard is one of Jr's main sponsors. I think many Congressmen & women will be hearing about this.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Did yesterday when Stewart Haas posted the link on Twitter !!

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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  • Rose
  • Near Atlanta GA

I wrote to my congressman!

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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I will be sending an email today. The Army offers many benefits and should be allowed to use any method available to get it's message out.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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I look at it as money well spent, there are not to many sponsorship or advertising opportunities that can reach as many people as NASCAR can.

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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  • Doug
  • Rotonda West FL

Here's the message I just sent my Congressman, Paul Gosar in Arizona.
"Congressman Gosar: I am contacting you in an effort to let you know that I fully support the US Army and other branches of the militaries involvement in motor sports. In this day and age a strong military is important as terrorists the world over make the world a bit of a crazy place. Having military branding on motor sports vehicle provides a positive message for the youth of this country and promotes the military. Please, if this issue comes before congress vote to support military spending on motor sports. " Please contact your congressman and spread the word!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Emailed my Congressman!! And got a reply shortly thereafter!!! Thanks for all the Tweets, Ryan! Thanks for keeping us informed!

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Done! Texas this year in November had an Armed Forces thingie, we had about 200 of them from Texas at the track, folks stood, clapped and cheered for over an hour for them! It was totally awesome! They were so happy!

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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Will do Ryan

Thursday, February 17, 2011
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I was curious if it ever was a problem with getting the money to fund teams with military sponsors not only in NASCAR, but NHRA as well. Until now with Ryan being in a Army car am I interested now, I hope they aren't forced to pull out. I doubt it though, Ryan represents his brands well and shows he does have the kind soul of compassion for the troops.

Friday, February 18, 2011
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On Fox news tonight they interviewed the head of the Army recruiting. This bill did not pass. He was explaining that racing is only a small part of the recruiting budget. Out of 150,000 leads for last year, 49,000 came from racing. So the portion of the money spent was well worth the leads. It was nice to hear the stats on it.

Friday, February 18, 2011
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Be it motorsports sponsorships or other advertising, the military has been at an all time high for new recruits for a few years now. I'd say the dollars are working.

Saturday, February 19, 2011
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As both a soldier and race fan, I can certify that the Army's recruiting efforts through NASCAR pay off great dividends. Yes, the Army has a small budget to try and do a lot with--that is why they only award their contracts a year at a time. Still, it has been worth it over and over again and I see the positive responce from both the soldiers at work and the fans at the track. Keep it up Ryan!

Saturday, February 19, 2011
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  • Jim
  • Somersworth NH

The good news is the bill was defeated and therefore the Army funding is safe for now. You will note that Republican's overwhemlingly voted against cutting the funding (209-30) and the Democrats voted to ban the funding (118-72).



A good scenedaily.com article is at:

http://www.scenedaily.com/news/articles/sprintcupseries/Armys_74_million_NASCAR_sponsorship_safe_after_proposed_ban_fails_in_US_House.html

Sunday, February 20, 2011
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Im glad to hear the bill was defeated...Army is a great sponsor that allows us nascar fans to cheer for all the service men and women...and Ryan is a great driver that the Army can be proud of.

Sunday, February 20, 2011
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Margie, Fairless Hills PA

I am so proud of Ryan and the way he represents our Army and all our military. I also get chills when I see the Army car running on the track. I was at Daytona this weekend and heard a lot of people in the stands cheering on Ryan during the race. I was glad to be wearing the Army #39 colors that day. Go Ryan!!!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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I am also proud of how Ryan represents our Army and Military!! My father and I have been a fan of Ryan's starting with his rookie year of Nascar! My father who is an Army vet was very excited when he found out that Ryan would be racing with the army. I went and bought him several Army-#39 shirts, hats, jackets etc. as well as for my self. We went to the Indy 400 wearing those items and my father had several people ask him if he was in the Army and he proudly said yes and that he was honered to have fought for his country so that every one in it would be safe!! He even met some other Army vets and current Army soldiers who talked to him for hours about where they were stationed at and what they did during there time in the army. . Every time my father sees Ryan Race the Army car it brings a huge smile to his face. On the way home that weekend he told me it was one of the best race weekends that he has ever had in his 63 years and he has been to a lot of races. He was also very happy to see his daughter and wife wearing Army clothes!! Now when I wear my army shirts to the races and in my every day life I know that I am not only supporting Ryan, but I am also showing my support and thanks to my Father and all the other soldiers in the military who fight every day to keep me and our wonderful country safe and free!!! Thank-you to Ryan, the Army and Every one who fights for our country!!!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011
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Received a return e-mail from my Congreeman....amendment failed! Vote was 241 to 148!!! Looks like we get to keep our ARMY colors!!!

Friday, February 25, 2011
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Every single year, my students and I participate in the US NHRA nationals at Englishtown, compliments of the US ARMY and AYES. The army allows teh students to get up close to the funny and top fuel cars, meet the "Sarge," and even compete against each other in tech challenges to show off their skills and speed! on top of it all, they offer a look into what it takes to serve and to participate in the motorsports programs across the nation! My students beg to go back year in and year out! Keep up the great work! Thank you to all our service men and women!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011