Santorum to sponsor Daytona 500 ride

The Rick Santorum for President campaign will sponsor Front Row Motorsports’ No. 26 Ford and driver Tony Raines in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

The Republican candidate’s campaign messaging will be on the hood and quarter panels of the car for the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

According to a news release, “the former U.S. Senator looks to draw more attention to his Made-in-the-USA platform as he heads into the Feb. 28 Michigan primary election.”

"NASCAR and the Daytona 500 are about as American as you can get – and it’s great to have my campaign represented by one of these incredible machines," Santorum said. "The race weekend is a wonderful tradition that we’re excited to be a part of as we spread our message. I like how Tony Raines turned some heads last weekend with his qualifying run and we’d like to keep turning heads, too. I think we’re both looking for a win in the end."

With the Santorum campaign coming aboard the No. 26 Ford, Front Row Motorsports will have three sponsored entries in Sunday’s Daytona 500, with coverage beginning at noon ET on FOX.

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