Columbus, Ga. – July 25, 2008 – Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) unveiled its sleek new look for Roush Fenway Racing’s No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion driven by NASCAR star Carl Edwards. Beginning next season, Edwards, who has a multi-year primary sponsorship with Aflac, will race in one of the most formidable-looking cars in 2009. With the main color jet black and the secondary colors shades of green and blue, this ride will be hard to miss – even at speeds of 200 mph. Aflac revealed the new color scheme during a circuit stop in Indiana with Edwards present.
“Aflac is excited about its sponsorship of the Number 99 and Carl Edwards, and we wanted to make sure that showed through with the car design in 2009,” said Paul S. Amos II, president, Aflac; COO, U.S. Operations. “The new paint scheme exudes tremendous energy, speed and stealth, and showcases the Aflac Duck and signature feather design. We anticipate the new design to be a fan-favorite.”
“It’s great to be back racing with the Aflac Duck for many more years,” said Edwards, a three-time winner this season and fourth in Sprint Cup Series points. “Black on a racecar is always intimidating and it will be hard to miss us on the track. The Aflac Duck and I look forward to bringing the checkered flag home many times over the next few seasons."
“We are thrilled to be more involved with Aflac for several more years,” added Jack Roush, Roush Fenway Racing team owner. “It is exciting to be associated with a sponsor who loves the sport as much as we do and actively participates in their sponsorship. They have been an outstanding sponsor and we’re pleased that Aflac will be a bigger part of our team. Seeing the new paint scheme gets me fired up for next season, and I look forward to seeing it in Victory Lane often.”
The new paint scheme will debut in February 2009 at Daytona International Speedway. For more information, including images of the new paint scheme, please visit www.AflacRacing.com.
Racing fans can visit www.AflacRacing.com for exclusive videos, track analysis, promotions, screen savers and other features. Racing fans can also watch Edwards and the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion at the following upcoming races:
July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Aug. 31 at Auto Club Speedway
Oct. 11 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway
Aflac is an official sponsor of NASCAR and the official supplemental insurance company for Carl Edwards and Roush Fenway Racing. In 2007, Aflac became an official sponsor of Roush Fenway Racing and NASCAR, sponsoring four drivers for eight races. In 2008, Aflac continued its sponsorship, but chose to run exclusively with Edwards and have already taken home one checkered flag. With Edwards’ personal focus on health and wellness coupled with Aflac’s ability to pay cash benefits promptly to help policyholders with bills, this expanded relationship promises to be a win on and off the track. Some of Aflac’s insurance policies provide a Wellness Benefit for routine covered examinations and other preventive tests, such as screenings for different illnesses and conditions.
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 years and in Fortune magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for ten 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 www.aflac.com.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun and Joey Clanton; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.