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Behold the patriotic America Israel Racing paint scheme

Jay Busbee
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Courtesy America Israel Racing

Racing and politics generally don't get along too well, so credit America Israel Racing for bringing foreign-policy concerns right to NASCAR's doorstep. The No. 49 Robinson-Blakeney Racing Toyota will run in the Daytona 500, with JJ Yeley behind the wheel.

The paint scheme, as you can see above, blends both the U.S. and Israeli flags, in accordance with AIR's mission to promote America's continued support of Israel. No idea how well that's going to play amid the cacophony of sound and fury that is the Daytona 500, but give AIR credit for taking a stand where others haven't.

From a symbolic perspective, you'll note that the eagle looks like he's ready to swoop right down on you, but he's also clutching an olive branch, the symbol of peace, in his beak. So there you have it. For more on America Israel Racing, check out their Facebook page right here. The team hopes to continue racing after Daytona, but as yet has announced no future plans.

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