The U.S. Army has extended its sponsorship relationship with Stewart-Haas Racing and driver Ryan Newman. The military branch will be the primary sponsor for 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup races next season on the No. 39 Chevrolet.

In addition, it will continue as a primary sponsor with Don Schumacher Racing in the NHRA.

"Ryan Newman, Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown and their race crews continue to demonstrate our Army values and exhibit the mental, emotional and physical strength which are the hallmark of our Army Strong Soldiers," said Lt. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, Commanding General U.S. Army Accessions Command. "Their passion for the Army and their willingness to serve as strong advocates for the great men and women who serve our country is a tremendous asset.

"We are extremely pleased to continue our participation in the National Hot Rod Association and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and we will use the opportunities those relationships present to tell our Soldiers' stories and connect with Americans all across our nation."

The 2011 NASCAR season will be the Army's ninth as a primary car sponsor in NASCAR and its third teamed up with Newman and Stewart-Haas Racing.

"It's been an awesome responsibility and honor to represent more than one million Army strong soldiers," said Newman. "The Army branding on our Chevrolet and uniforms inspires every individual on the No. 39 team. I can't think of having better teammates than our brave Soldiers who have dedicated their lives to preserve our freedom. There is nothing we want more than to drive the Soldiers' car to victory lane."

In addition to serving as the primary sponsor for 15 races, including the Daytona 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 Memorial Day weekend event at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, the U.S. Army will serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 39 car for the remaining races.

The U.S. Army also will serve as an associate sponsor on Tony Stewart's No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet.