This surprise is part of the ongoing efforts of Eckrich, part of the John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, and Operation Homefront to support and thank military men and women and their families. Earlier this year the Operation Inspiration campaign was launched to thank, honor and support military families, the heroes behind our heroes. The campaign includes the Operation Inspiration TV special hosted by Al Roker which debuted in June and will air in syndication in markets across the country throughout the summer.
"As Aric mentioned, our new commercial is a lot of fun, and we wanted to re-create that experience, while also giving back to our military families," said Chuck Gitkin, vice president, marketing, innovation and R&D for the John Morrell Food Group. "We are proud to work alongside Operation Homefront and Richard Petty Motorsports to thank and support these very important people like we did today."
Almirola and the No. 43 Eckrich Ford will race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 28. Television coverage will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.
To learn more about Operation Inspiration, please click here.About Eckrich Founded by Peter Eckrich in 1894, Eckrich has a rich heritage starting from a small meat market in Fort Wayne, Ind. Through it all, Eckrich meats have been recognized for their great taste and supreme quality, craftsmanship, care and pride. For more information, visit www.eckrich.com or www.facebook.com/EckrichMeats
About John Morrell Food Group With over a century and a half of experience, John Morrell Food Group brands have become respected and well known for providing premium-quality meat products to families across the United States. With products ranging from lunchmeat and franks to smoked sausage, bacon and pepperoni, the John Morrell Food Group is an important part of consumers' mealtimes. The John Morrell Food Group offers several national and regional brands including Armour ®, Eckrich ®, John Morrell ®, Curly's ®, Patrick Cudahy ®, Carando ®, Healthy Ones ®, Margherita ® Kretschmar ® and LunchMakers ®.