Aflac makes NASCAR deal official

It's official.

Columbus-based supplemental insurance company Aflac will be teaming up with Office Depot to sponsor Nextel Cup driver Carl Edwards next season.

"We're all doing back flips," Aflac President Paul Amos said.

Amos was referring to Edwards' signature back flip when he wins a race. He is currently in the top five in the Nextel Cup (it will be the Sprint Cup next season) standings and on track to win the Bush Series title.

Aflac will be an associate sponsor on Edwards' Roush Fenway Ford the entire season. As part of that deal Aflac will be the primary sponsor for eight races, including July races at Daytona International Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Aflac ventured into the sport this year, sponsoring four races by Roush Fenway driver Greg Biffle, including a September victory at Kansas Speedway. Biffle will be sponsored by 3M next season.

Amos would not comment on terms of the deal. He called it a "complicated transaction" because NASCAR, Roush Fenway, Edwards and Office Depot all had to be in on the deal.

With Aflac, Office Depot found a sponsor that was willing to share the expense of sponsoring a championship caliber team.

“I’m very excited to have the support of Office Depot and Aflac, two of the best sponsors out there,” said Edwards in a news release.