National Guard pulls sponsorship for NASCAR and IndyCar drivers

In this May 17, 2014 photo, Graham Rahal poses for a photo after his qualification run on the first day of qualifications for Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. No single driver or team has risen to the top this season. And with so much attention on Kurt Busch, who will become just the fourth driver in history to compete in both the 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, so many other elements of this magical race at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been somewhat overlooked. "I don't know that there's a favorite at all this year," said Rahal. "I feel like it is extremely wide open at this point, even as a driver myself, I couldn't even tell you who I would pick. I have no clue." (AP Photo/Dave Parker)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The National Guard says it will end its sponsorship of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, Junior and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal.

A statement posted on Rahal-Letterman-Lanigan Racing says in part:

“We will continue to work hard to uphold the honor and integrity of the National Guard throughout the remainder of the season.”

The Guard also released a statement saying it spent $32,000 on its NASCAR sponsorship this year, and $12-million on IndyCar.

Missouri Senator Clair McCaskill led a push in Congress to end military sponsorships calling the funding a waste of money.

Panther Racing had held the National Guard contract previously until 2008 when Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing took over. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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