CONCORD, N.C. (April 26, 2011) – Nautica, a part of VF Corporation and a leader in branded quality apparel, will serve as primary sponsor of Richard Petty Motorsports’ famed No. 43 Ford Fusion for Saturday evening’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.

“We feel good that an organization as well known as Nautica has decided to showcase its brand on the No. 43 Ford,” said team owner Richard Petty. “We welcome them to the RPM family and look forward to showing them everything the sport has to offer this weekend in Richmond. The No. 43 team has shown great promise this season and AJ is a force to be reckoned with every week. We’re excited to have Nautica here this weekend and we think NASCAR’s legions of fans will be enthusiastic as well.”

The No. 43 Ford Fusion will carry the familiar Nautica logo all weekend at the three-quarter-mile track, with qualifying set for Friday and the race scheduled for Saturday evening. Allmendinger has made eight starts at the track and posted his career best finish of eighth at the venue last fall after starting from the third position.

About Richard Petty Motorsports:
Known to many simply as “The King,” Richard Petty is the most decorated driver in the history of NASCAR racing, winning a record 200 races and seven NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships during his illustrious career. In late 2010, Petty partnered with Medallion Financial and DBG Investments to purchase the assets of Richard Petty Motorsports. Richard Petty Motorsports fields two teams in competition in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. AJ Allmendinger wheels the famous No. 43 Ford Fusion and Marcos Ambrose drives the No. 9 machine with sponsorship from Stanley and DEWALT. For additional information about the Concord, N.C.-based race team, please visit

About Nautica:
Founded in 1983, Nautica® is a leading global lifestyle brand ranging from men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories to a complete home collection. Nautica® products are refined casual classics inspired and energized by the water that are always crisp, clean and distinct. Today Nautica® is available in more than 60 countries with more than 200 Nautica® branded stores worldwide. In 2003, the Company was acquired by VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel with more than 30 brands, including Wranglerâ, The North Face, â Leeâ, Vansâ, Nautica, â 7 For All Mankindâ, Eagle Creekâ, Eastpakâ, Ella Mossâ, JanSportâ, lucyâ, John Varvatosâ, Kiplingâ, Majesticâ, Napapijriâ, Red Kapâ, Reefâ, Ridersâ and Splendidâ. For additional information, please go to and

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