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First Look at 20th Anniversary Car to Commemorate NASCAR’s Longest Running Sponsor Partnership
Wilmington, Del., May 31, 2012 – Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon helped DuPont unveil a new 20th Anniversary paint scheme on his No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet this morning at the headquarters of DuPont Performance Coatings during the 2012 DuPont NASCAR Day celebration. Gordon, a NASCAR legend, will drive the new Hot Hues™ Cosmic Dust Silver Metallic No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet in the season finale at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida this November marking his famous long-standing partnership with DuPont.
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|2012 DuPont NASCAR Day celebration speakers were (L-R): John McCool, president of DuPont Performance Coatings, Jeff Gordon, Sam Bass, NASCAR artist, Scott Coleman, DuPont chief marketing and sales officer|
|2012 DuPont NASCAR Day celebration - fans enjoyed beautiful weather as they gathered to see Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet|
|Jeff Gordon and DuPont unveil the "20 Years Celebratory Chevrolet" #24 DuPont car on May 31, 2012 in Wilmington, Delaware. The Hall of Fame driver will race this paint scheme one time during the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida this November.|
|NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon stands next to the "20 Years Chevrolet" #24 DuPont Chevrolet. Gordon is currently racing this #24 Chevrolet in the 2012 NASCAR season.|
|Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon with "Fire Storm" #24 DuPont Chevrolet. Gordon raced this paint scheme from 2009-2011.|
|Jeff Gordon poses with #24 DuPont Chevrolet, "Fire & Flames". Gordon raced with this paint scheme from 2001-2008.|
Gordon’s historic NASCAR Cup Series career started 20 years ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway as the young driver burst onto scene in the rainbow-colored Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet. The following season, Gordon started to take the motorsports world by storm. Now, 20 years later with four championships and 85 career victories under his belt, Gordon will race the commemorative No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet only one time at the last race of the 2012 season. Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports and DuPont are celebrating their 20th full season together - the longest current running driver/owner/sponsor partnership in NASCAR.
“I’m very fortunate to have an incredible sponsor like DuPont that has invested so much in me and this No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team. To stick with one driver and one team and to still be here with us today celebrating our 20th full season, is really incredible,” said Gordon.
DuPont Performance Coatings products have been a constant during the storied career of Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports. The new paint scheme uses the popular DuPont™ ChromaPremier® Pro high performance paint finishes and was designed by NASCAR’s first officially licensed artist Sam Bass.
“We are proud to have our DuPont™ ChromaPremier® Pro paint on the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet with one of NASCAR’s all-time greats,” said John McCool, president of DuPont Performance Coatings. “Twenty years is a unique relationship in NASCAR and it shows that the business of racing has been good business for DuPont and our customers.”
DuPont, a global Fortune 500 company best known for brands such as DuPont™ Kevlar®, Nomex®, Teflon® and Tyvek®, took a chance on a young, unproven rookie driver to showcase its automotive finishes in brilliant fashion. Over 20 years of sponsorship, Gordon has been recognized by DuPont as a valuable corporate asset and spokesman.
“Jeff Gordon has been the ideal ambassador for the DuPont brand for nearly two decades,” said Scott Coleman, chief marketing and sales officer for DuPont. “He is a consummate professional and a true champion both on and off the track.”
Gordon has his sights set on one thing when racing the 20th Anniversary paint scheme on the No. 24 Chevrolet later this year – winning.
“I’m looking forward to hopefully taking this special DuPont 20 Years paint scheme to Victory Lane in November to thank all of the amazing DuPont employees and customers who I’ve come to know like family and who have supported me loyally over the past two decades,” continued Gordon.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.
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