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New Ads Provide Glimpse Into Unique Friendship Between Aflac Duck and Carl Edwards
Date:2/11/2009

NASCAR-themed Television Commercials Demonstrate Deepening Relationship

Between Edwards and Primary Sponsor with Humor

COLUMBUS, Ga., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Aflac is kicking off its first year as primary sponsor of Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Ford Fusion in a big way with the launch of its latest television spots, "Monster Tires" and "Joyride." The 15-second commercials, slated to air during the national broadcast of the Feb. 15 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, reveal the competitive but friendly relationship growing between Edwards and Aflac's iconic Duck.

"These latest commercials are another example of Aflac's commitment to the sport of NASCAR, Roush Racing and our driver Carl Edwards," said Paul Amos, COO of Aflac. "It seems Carl and the Aflac Duck have formed a special bond together which we hope will excite fans and lead to a successful 2009 season."

The first spot, "Monster Tires," opens with the Aflac Duck furiously pumping up the tires on the No. 99 car to monstrous proportions. A confused Edwards enters and questions the Duck's actions. He soon understands as the spot ends with Edwards and the Duck cruising through traffic-filled streets raised above a crowd of screaming fans, bouncing on the No. 99 car's oversized tires.

The "Joyride" spot opens with Edwards running into the Aflac Racing garage, only to find his car missing. He realizes that it's been stolen by his fowl friend after seeing flaming tire marks leading outside the garage and a feather that was left behind. It is then revealed that the Aflac Duck has taken the car on a joyride on a windy mountain road, with a female companion in the passenger seat. The car reaches top speed as the pair ride away into the sunset laughing.

With the Daytona 500, Aflac begins its three-year agreement as primary sponsor of Edwards and the No. 99 Ford Fusion. Since 2007, Aflac has been NASCAR's Officia
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