|NAPA AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET: This weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS will don the familiar blue-and-yellow NAPA AUTO PARTS paint scheme. The Atlanta-based company will serve as majority sponsor for Elliott and the No. 24 team for 24 NASCAR Cup Series races this year. Elliott most recently piloted the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet to an 11th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend.
INDY FAN FEST: On Friday at 5:15 p.m. local time, Elliott is scheduled to participate in a few interactive fan activities as part of Fan Fest on Main Street in Speedway, Indiana. Fan Fest will take place during the annual Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hauler Parade, which is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. local time. All activities – including a pit stop competition, relays and Minute to Win It games – are free and open to the public. Click here for more information.
BRICKYARD STATS: Elliott is set to make his third career Cup start at Indianapolis this weekend in the 24th running of the Brickyard 400. In the Dawsonville, Georgia, native’s previous two starts he averaged a starting position of 21.5 and finishing position of 16.5. Elliott also has two starts at the 2.5-mile speedway in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, collecting one top-10 finish and averaging a starting position of 9.0 and finishing position of 11.0.
ELLIOTT’S ‘ROAD TO RACE DAY’: The first installment of “Road to Race Day,” the eight-part docuseries about Hendrick Motorsports, premieres Wednesday on go90 and focuses on Elliott and the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS team. The episode was filmed during the lead-up to the Daytona 500 as the driver embarked on his 2016 Rookie of the Year campaign. The series is directed by Cynthia Hill (“A Chef’s Life,” “Private Violence”) and executive produced by Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights,” “Lone Survivor”).
ELLIOTT AT CHEVY STAGE: Elliott will appear on the Team Chevy Stage on Saturday, July 22, at 1 p.m. local time for a question-and-answer session.
NEW HAMPSHIRE REWIND: Elliott began last Sunday’s race in 11th, picking up a position to finish Stage 1 in 10th. He continued knocking on the door of the top 10 in Stage 2, finishing the segment 12th. When the final segment began, Elliott lined up 12th and began working his way forward. With 100 laps remaining, he was running ninth. Following a cycle of green-flag pit stops, quick work by the No. 24 team allowed Elliott to advance up to sixth with 50 laps to go. Following a trip to pit road during a caution, he was running 13th with 28 laps remaining, looking to push forward once again. He did just that, picking up two more positions to finish just outside of the top 10 in 11th.
GET BACK AND GIVE BACK CAMPAIGN: 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 Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (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 can purchase an IFHF bucket for $3.99 and receive 20 percent off three or more items that fit inside with NAPA donating $1 to the IFHF for every bucket sold. The company will also donate $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.
HOME SWEET HOME: No. 24 team engineer Tom Gray hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. Gray attended Purdue University and majored in mechanical engineering technology.