|William Byron, driver of the No. 24 Hertz Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, will be available to members of the media during a special presentation on Friday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m. local time in the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center.
NO. 24 TEAM WELCOMES HERTZ: On Wednesday, Hendrick Motorsports announced a new partner for William Byron and the No. 24 team. The Hertz Corporation, one of the world’s largest vehicle rental companies, has joined 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of Byron and his iconic No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team beginning in 2018. As part of the two-year agreement, Hertz will be primary sponsor of the No. 24 team in four points-paying Cup Series races in both 2018 and 2019 and an associate-level partner in all other events. Additionally, Hertz will sponsor Byron for the upcoming NASCAR All-Star Race weekend events at the driver’s hometown track of Charlotte Motor Speedway.
HERTZ SCHEME: The yellow and black No. 24 Hertz Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will debut this weekend as Byron attempts to race his way into the All-Star Race on Saturday night. The Hertz Corporation operates three leading rental car brands – Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty – each dedicated to supporting travelers with top-rated vehicles and exceptional customer service. Hertz offers an array of products and services, including the award-winning Gold Plus Rewards® loyalty program, which provides a fast and seamless rental experience, as well as Ultimate Choice®, which allows customers at more than 55 top U.S. airports to choose the car that is right for them. Hertz also has a large and diverse fleet featuring a mix of vehicles from the company’s Adrenaline, Dream Car, Green Traveler and Prestige collections. Click here to see the Hertz scheme.
VOTE FOR BYRON: As a Cup rookie, Byron isn’t locked into the All-Star Race … yet. The Charlotte, North Carolina, native has three chances to race his way in from the Open qualifying race by winning one of the three stages, and another opportunity by receiving the fan vote. Fans can vote once per day and votes shared via Facebook or Twitter count double, making sharing on social media a key component. Fans can vote for Byron at NASCAR.com/fanvote until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, May 18. The winner will be announced immediately following the conclusion of the Open qualifying race on Saturday, May 19.
CHARLOTTEAN: In two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Byron earned finishes of 14th and 16th. In the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Byron earned the pole and finished 10th at Charlotte. He began his racing career in Charlotte when his father took Byron to visit the U.S. Legend Cars International headquarters in Harrisburg, North Carolina, in the summer of 2012 to learn about a way to begin racing. Byron began competing in the U.S. Legend Young Lion Division in 2013, a year in which he won nearly half of the 69 legend car events he raced across the United States. All totaled, he earned 33 victories en route to the 2013 U.S. Legend Young Lions National Championship and the 2013 Thursday Thunder Young Lions championship at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After enjoying success in legend cars, Byron was ready to move up to full-size cars in 2014 and he hasn’t looked back.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING: This weekend marks Byron’s first attempt to make the All-Star Race. The two youngest winners of the Open drove for Hendrick Motorsports – Jeff Gordon in 1994 at age 22, and Brian Vickers in 2005 at age 21. Byron, 20, could add his name to that list on Saturday night. Two drivers won the All-Star Race as rookies – Ryan Newman in 2002 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2005. Rookie-of-the-year standings leader Byron is also in good company with drivers who won the event before their first points-paying win, a feat both Newman and Michael Waltrip accomplished.
AXALTA ANNOUNCEMENT: Byron will join Jeff Gordon and renowned motor sports artist Sam Bass to make an exciting announcement on Friday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m. local time in the Charlotte Motor Speedway media center. Media credentials will be required to attend the special presentation.
NO. 24 PIT CREW: The five athletes serving on the No. 24 over-the-wall pit crew are front-tire changer Austin Dickey, 27, from Ashtabula, Ohio, who is a seven-year veteran at Hendrick Motorsports; tire carrier/jackman Eric Ludwig, 31, from Burlington, North Carolina, who played football for Elon University; jackman/tire carrier Scott Riddle, 29, from Ramseur, North Carolina, who played both football and baseball at Elon; rear-tire changer Johnny Roberts, 29, from Titusville, Florida, whose background is surfing; and fueler Landon Walker, 29, from North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, who played football at Clemson University.
HOME TRACK: In addition to Charlotte Motor Speedway serving as the home track for Byron, who was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, several other members of the No. 24 team claim the track as their home base, including race engineer Michael Oxendine, who hails from Lumberton; engineer Matt Piercy, from Conover; and three members of the pit crew – Ludwig, Riddle and Walker.
AUTOGRAPH SIGNING: Byron will be signing autographs for fans as part of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s all-star pre-race activities on Saturday, May 19, at 3 p.m. local time. Charlotte Motor Speedway will distribute 100 wristbands for each half-hour session at 2 p.m. at the Trackside Live stage on pit road. Wristbands are first-come, first-serve. Fans must have a pre-race pit pass to access the stage and obtain a wristband for autographs at Saturday’s session. For more information about the autograph sessions, click here.