For Aric Almirola; driver of the No.43 Smithfield Foods/United States Air Force/STP Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports, you can say honoring the military is in his blood. Almirola was born at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida some 28 years ago.
The Petty family has a long history of supporting our nation’s heroes. At the Brickyard 400 this weekend with the help of driver Aric Almirola, the team will once again take time to honor America’s military families with team partner Eckrich. This summer, Eckrich, part of the John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, has partnered with Operation Homefront to support military families.
The company has already donated $200,000 to Operation Homefront through the contribution of five cents from each purchase of specially marked products from May 1 through July 4. It has also partnered with Operation Homefront and Richard Petty Motorsports to honor a military family at the track during its three primary race events, including this weekend at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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