Getty Chase Elliott waits on the starting grid at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
When the defending NASCAR Cup Series champion heads to Darlington for the start of the playoffs, he will be sporting an all-new NAPA livery. Chase Elliott has joined forces with his longtime sponsor and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to unveil a program focused on Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
According to a press release from Hendrick Motorsports, eight patients from the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s submitted designs for the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro. This collaborative effort led to the black-and-gold plan that Elliott will showcase when he goes to Darlington for the Cook Out Southern 500. In addition, the defending champion will wear a special fire suit, gloves, helmet and shoes designed by the patients.
“As some of you may know, September is childhood cancer awareness month,” Elliott said in a video on Wednesday, Aug. 18. “In honor of that, the Chase Elliott Foundation NAPA Auto Parts and Hendrick Motorsports have decided to [No.] 9 car a brand new look for the race weekend at Darlington on September 5.
“Some brave kids helped us sketch some amazing artwork to give us this fresh new look. And many of these items that will be used over the race weekend will be auctioned off to help Children’s continue to take good care of their patients, as they have done for many years now.”
All four Hendrick Drivers will participate in the initiative
Chase Elliott’s Darlington plan to promote his foundation’s initiative, where he will auction shoes worn by drivers, as well as his shoes and other uniforms/gear. Designed by eight patients ages 6-15 from Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. pic.twitter.com/mcOtEjjTK7
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpokrass) August 18, 2021
Elliott won’t be the only member of the organization to make an effort to get the “DESI9N TO DRIVE” campaign off to a good start. Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson and William Byron will all star. They will wear special shoes designed by Children’s patients. These limited edition kicks will then hit the auction block to raise money for those in need.
“I appreciate my teammates being a part and open to help our cause,” Elliott added in the release of HMS. “It’s been a good deal. Every year we have done it, it has been a success and people have enjoyed it. Their contribution has made it bigger and I have always been grateful for that.”
All four sets of shoes, as well as Elliott’s full outfit from the Darlington race, will appear on the NASCAR Foundation’s auction page on eBay beginning September 2. Fans can bid on the limited edition items until September 8. proceeds from the auction will go to the Chase Elliott Foundation to benefit the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s.
Elliott has made a significant impact on Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta since starting his “DESI9N TO DRIVE” campaign. This initiative has raised more than $160,000 in donations in the four years since its launch.
There are two races left until the playoffs and the schedule debut
While Elliott and HMS unveiled the special schedule on August 18, it was just a digital plague. Fans won’t be able to see the stock car in action until the regular season comes to an end.
Elliott must first complete races at Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway as he battles to collect as many points as possible. He’s already secured a spot in the playoffs thanks to victories at Circuit of the Americas and Road America, but he still needs to rack up some points before the playoffs officially begin.
Once the chase begins, all 16 drivers will have their baseline points reset to 2,000. NASCAR then adds any bonus points earned from race or stage wins to this total. According to the current forecast, Elliott will start the playoffs with 2,017 points, fourth in the Cup Series. Larson is expected to have 2,052 points, while Martin Truex Jr. is expected to have 2,024 points. Kyle Busch enters the playoffs with an expected 2,022 points.
Elliott gets the chance to add more to his tally during the Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The FireKeepers Casino 400 takes place on Sunday, August 22 at 3:00 PM ET. NBC Sports Network broadcasts the action as the bubble riders battle for the remaining two playoff spots.
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