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    Ryan Newman Gives National Guard 300 NASCAR Tickets

    Ryan Newman Gives National Guard 300 NASCAR Tickets

    Photo By Sgt. Edward Balaban | NASCAR driver Ryan Newman signs an autograph for Arizona Army National Guard Capt....... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Kelly Anne Beck 

    Arizona National Guard Public Affairs

    PHOENIX - NASCAR driver Ryan Newman donated 300 NASCAR tickets to National Guard Soldiers as a tribute to the troops at Papago Park Military Reservation Oct. 6.

    More than 200 National Guard soldiers attended the event and were given posters, Ryan Newman hats, NASCAR tickets and free lunch catered by Famous Daves. Sen. John Kyle, Bryan Sperber, the Phoenix International Raceway president, Col. Matthew Brown, the director of the Arizona Army National Guard and a representative for Gov. Janice Brewer were all distinguished visitors at the event.

    “It’s good for soldiers to be recognized like this,” said Sgt. 1st Class William Robinson, the non-commissioned officer in charge of the Arizona marketing team. “Events like this are a salute to troops and a thank you. For all they do, they don’t hear it enough.”

    Newman, who drives the U.S. Army sponsored car, showed his appreciation for the troops by spending a couple of hours speaking with soldiers, signing autographs and posing for pictures.

    “It’s an honor to represent the Army during NASCAR, I appreciate and respect what every branch of the military does,” said Newman. “There’s a great deal of pride that goes along with driving this car.”

    The soldiers at the event didn’t take for granted all the time and support that was given to them during the event.

    “It’s a great event that really shows we are appreciated and supported,” said Maria Amarillas, the Yellow Ribbon Youth program assistant. “It’s nice to finally get to meet and put a face to the U.S. Army car.”



    Date Taken: 10.06.2010
    Date Posted: 10.14.2010 18:45
    Story ID: 58150
    Location: PHOENIX, ARIZONA, US

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