National Guard pulls sponsorship for Earnhardt Jr. in NASCAR: PHOTOS

Yahoo Autos

After spending more than $40 million this season sponsoring Dale Earnhardt Jr. in NASCAR and Graham Rahal in IndyCar, while being unable to provide evidence that the taxpayers' funding has led to any rise in recruiting, the National Guard announced it will be ceasing its sponsorships starting next year.

Read our full report here:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) stands by his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) stands by his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) stands by his car during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Saturday, May 3, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) leads the pack during the NASCAR Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) leads the pack during the NASCAR Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Talladega, Ala
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) leads the pack during the NASCAR Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) gets a push from teammate Jeff Gordon (24) as Brad Keselowski (2) makes a run on a green flag restart on the next to last lap of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates take up three of the top-five spots in the Sprint Cup standings. Keselowski, who picked up his third win of the season last week, is ranked third and eager to make a run at another Sprint Cup championship. It's shaping up to be a Hendrick vs. Team Penske rivalry down to the wire. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Hendrick and Penske headed for tight title fight
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) gets a push from teammate Jeff Gordon (24) as Brad Keselowski (2) makes a run on a green flag restart on the next to last lap of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates take up three of the top-five spots in the Sprint Cup standings. Keselowski, who picked up his third win of the season last week, is ranked third and eager to make a run at another Sprint Cup championship. It's shaping up to be a Hendrick vs. Team Penske rivalry down to the wire. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., right, and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal talk to the soldiers at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., right, and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal talk to the soldiers at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., right, and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal talk to the soldiers at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. fires a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. fires a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. fires a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., talks with soldiers after firing a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., talks with soldiers after firing a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., talks with soldiers after firing a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits in the garage stall as his car is adjusted during a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Gordon shows he's contender in title chase
Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits in the garage stall as his car is adjusted during a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
National Guard to pull out of NASCAR and IndyCar
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) gets a push from teammate Jeff Gordon (24) as Brad Keselowski (2) makes a run on a green flag restart on the next to last lap of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates take up three of the top-five spots in the Sprint Cup standings. Keselowski, who picked up his third win of the season last week, is ranked third and eager to make a run at another Sprint Cup championship. It's shaping up to be a Hendrick vs. Team Penske rivalry down to the wire. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Hendrick and Penske headed for tight title fight
FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2014, file photo, Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) gets a push from teammate Jeff Gordon (24) as Brad Keselowski (2) makes a run on a green flag restart on the next to last lap of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. Gordon and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates take up three of the top-five spots in the Sprint Cup standings. Keselowski, who picked up his third win of the season last week, is ranked third and eager to make a run at another Sprint Cup championship. It's shaping up to be a Hendrick vs. Team Penske rivalry down to the wire. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., right, and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal talk to the soldiers at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., right, and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal talk to the soldiers at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., right, and IndyCar driver Graham Rahal talk to the soldiers at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. fires a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. fires a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. fires a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., talks with soldiers after firing a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., talks with soldiers after firing a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., talks with soldiers after firing a M4 Rifle at Camp Atterbury Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Edinburgh, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits in the garage stall as his car is adjusted during a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Gordon shows he's contender in title chase
Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits in the garage stall as his car is adjusted during a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
National Guard to pull out of NASCAR and IndyCar
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits in the garage stall as his car is adjusted during a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Gordon shows he's contender in title chase
Dale Earnhardt Jr. waits in the garage stall as his car is adjusted during a practice session for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
National Guard to pull out of NASCAR and IndyCar
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Long Pond, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

What to Read Next