|Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Patriotic Chevrolet SS, will visit the Daytona International Speedway media center at 2:15 p.m. local time on Thursday, June 29.
NAPA PATRIOTIC: NAPA AUTO PARTS returns to the hood of Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet, this time with a new look. The No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Patriotic Chevrolet SS dons a red, white and blue scheme that also features stars and stripes. The scheme will help to kick off NAPA’s “Get Back and Give Back” effort while boosting awareness for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF).
INTREPID FALLEN HEROES FUND: NAPA AUTO PARTS has a long history of supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families. In March, the company announced that it had raised more than $2.5 million in 2016 for the IFHF through its annual “Get Back and Give Back” campaign. The campaign kicked off in 2012 and gives NAPA AUTO PARTS patrons the opportunity to contribute to the IFHF by purchasing T-shirts at NAPAonline.com. In addition, customers may purchase an IFHF bucket for $3.99 and get 20 percent off three more items that fit inside, with NAPA donating $1 to the IFHF for every bucket sold. The company also donates $1 for each redeemed mail-in rebate for batteries, alternators and starters purchased in July. Customers also have the ability to donate all or a portion of their mail-in rebates directly to the IFHF. One hundred percent of the donation goes to the IFHF’s mission of building nine Intrepid Spirit centers around the country that will provide the most advanced care possible to military personnel suffering from traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions.
DAYTONA STATS: Elliott is set to make his fourth NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona this weekend. In his first three appearances at the 2.5-mile speedway, Elliott has led 42 laps and averages a starting position of 8.7 and finishing position of 27.7. Elliott has also earned back-to-back Daytona 500 pole awards, becoming the youngest driver (20 years, 2 months and 17 days) to land the top spot in NASCAR’s biggest race in 2016 with a speed of 196.314 mph.
FAST FEET: In celebration of Independence Day, Elliott will be wearing a pair of “Support Our Troops” camouflage racing shoes that complement the special stars and stripes scheme featured on the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Patriotic Chevrolet SS. Following the race, the Chase Elliott Foundation is putting the racing shoes up for auction through the NASCAR Foundation’s online auctions site. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to the IFHF.
ELLIOTT INKS EXTENSION: Today, it was announced that Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports agreed to a contract extension through 2022. The four-year contract extension will keep the 2016 Cup Series rookie of the year with the No. 24 Chevrolet SS team through the end of the 2022 racing season. Elliott, who signed with Hendrick Motorsports in February 2011 as a 15-year-old high school freshman, has emerged as one of NASCAR’s rising stars. In 2016, he earned a Cup playoff berth and was the series’ top rookie after posting 10 top-five finishes, 17 top-10s and two pole positions, including the season-opening Daytona 500. Through 16 points races of his sophomore season, he is sixth in the Cup standings.
HOME SWEET HOME: No. 24 team crew chief Alan Gustafson grew up just down the road from Daytona International Speedway in Ormond Beach, Florida, the “Birthplace of Speed.” After graduating from Seabreeze High School, he enrolled at nearby Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to study mechanical engineering. Gustafson now leads the No. 24 team piloted by the 21-year-old driver.
SONOMA REWIND: Elliott started the 110-lap event at Sonoma Raceway last weekend in eighth despite having to use a backup car after an accident in Friday’s final practice session. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native and the No. 24 Kelley Blue Book team registered the second-year driver’s first career top-10 finish on a road course with an eighth-place run.
SEE CHASE IN DAYTONA: Elliott will appear at the Sunoco Injector on Saturday, July 1, at 4:55 p.m. local time as well as the Team Chevy Stage at 5:20 p.m. local time for question-and-answer sessions.