Re: Airlines and NASCAR
If ever there was an airline to sponsor a NASCAR team, it was Winston-Salem based Piedmont Airlines.
NASCAR and Piedmont go back to the 1950s when Bill France and many team owners purchased private planes from Piedmont's General Aviation Division. The public became familiar with this connection when in 1982, Piedmont began sponsoring a NASCAR team.
NASCAR, Piedmont and former Winston Cup Sponsor, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company are North Carolina institutions. There partnership grew closer as R.J.R.s cigerette commercials were banned from television and Piedmont's route system coincided with much of NASCAR'S home territory.
This natural progression takes place in sports, science, entertainment, politics, etc.; that is, having precisely the right instrument at precisely the right moment of history and exactly the right place. A moment like this won't come for millennia.