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NSCS: Drive to End Hunger Extends Partnership with Hendrick Motosports, Jeff Gordon

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CONCORD, N.C. — AARP and Hendrick Motorsports announced Friday that the familiar AARP Drive to End Hunger colors will return to the No. 24 Chevrolet of Jeff Gordon for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

AARP colors will be featured on the No. 24 Chevrolet as a primary sponsor for a total of 13 races during the 2015 Sprint Cup Series season. The first race you will see the colors on the car will be the Daytona 500. They’ll also be featured throughout the year as an associate sponsor. The 2015 season will mark the company’s fifth season on-board the iconic No. 24.

“Hunger is a hidden problem that millions of older Americans are battling silently. We are excited to keep building on the great work of these last four years to help the nearly 9 million older Americans who face the threat of hunger,” said Lisa Marsh Ryerson, AARP Foundation president. “With Jeff Gordon and Rick Hendrick, we have committed champions behind the wheel on and off the track. Together we will make the most of this unprecedented opportunity to end the struggle that so many older Americans have with hunger.”

The Drive to End Hunger sponsorship program has been utilized to raise awareness to those who are fighting hunger. It is supported through donations from corporations, individuals and other non-profit groups.

Drive to End Hunger has served around 30 million meals since the program came into existence in February of 2011. They had a total of 23 organization sponsorships and supporters jump on board with the initiative in 2013.

“What’s been accomplished by Drive to End Hunger in a relatively short time is absolutely inspiring,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “At the beginning, we felt the program would ultimately be judged on how many lives it impacted. There’s no question it’s been successful by that measure, but we still have much more to do. Our team is proud to continue the effort alongside our friends at AARP and AARP Foundation and with the incredible support of the NASCAR community.”

Gordan is certainly one of the most respected drivers in the history of NASCAR. With four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, he also has a total of 90 victories in the series. He goes into Watkins Glen leading the points with two wins, seven top-five, 15 top-10 finishes in 2014.

“NASCAR fans have been such a big part of the success of Drive to End Hunger, and we’re really grateful for that,” said Gordon, 43, who has a lifetime contract with Hendrick Motorsports. “I’ve seen them packing meals, texting donations and getting involved in their communities. AARP and AARP Foundation are incredible partners to be involved with, and I’m very happy to continue our work together. It’s been an extremely rewarding and humbling experience for me personally.”

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About Brett Winningham

Brett Winningham is a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department at Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter at @NASCAR_BRETT. A native of Joplin, Missouri, Winningham covers multiple NASCAR events in the midwest each season.

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