And now, another NASCAR team owner, Rick Hendrick, is stepping up.
He announced that he’s donating $200,000 to the Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief efforts in Ukraine, in addition to an extra $2,000 for every lap that one of his four cars leads this Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, saying:
“Like the rest of the world, our family has watched the worsening crisis in Ukraine with shock and sadness.
We’ve been especially struck by the needless suffering inflicted on innocent children. We cannot ignore the disaster that is unfolding.”
He believes he has a moral duty to help, especially considering the large platform and name recognition he has in the world of motorsports:
“NASCAR provides us with an incredibly powerful platform, and I believe we have a moral obligation to use it to help people in need.”
According to their website, it would more than double his original donation if team Hendrick (the former home of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon) could match the total laps they led at the same race last season:
“If the team equals its total of 150 laps led from last season’s event, the additional contribution would be $300,000.”
The current four Cup Series driver on team Hendrick include Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson (who won last weekends race in California and was the 2021 NASCAR champion), William Byron and Alex Bowman.
I think it’s safe to say we’re all rooting for a Hendrick car this weekend.
NASCAR also announced recently that they will allow teams to show support for Ukraine on their paint schemes, as well. Kyle Larson’s car will feature a Samaritan’s Purse logo to help promote its efforts.
NASCAR will allow teams to show support for Ukraine on the cars (as with any scheme, wording/context still requires the OK) …