AARP to return with Jeff Gordon in 2015, but in fewer races

AARP plans to sponsor Jeff Gordon in 13 races next year.

Hendrick Motorsports is just a couple days removed from the Army National Guard announcing that they are pulling their sponsorship of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the No. 88 team. Today, it became known that AARP plans to return with Jeff Gordon in 2015, but their presence on the car has been reduced.

What’s been accomplished by Drive to End Hunger in a relatively short time is absolutely inspiring

Rick Hendrick

AARP and The Drive To End Hunger campaign will be showcased on the No. 24 in 13 races next year, including the 57th annual Daytona 500. In comparison, they are featured on the No. 24 in 23 of the 36 races on the schedule this year.

"It's been so rewarding working with AARP and The Drive To End Hunger," said Gordon. "To get the chance to do that again next year is fantastic." Gordon went on to say that his favorite part about working with AARP is the volunteering. He admitted that with his own foundation, he doesn't get the chance to do a lot of that.

"This has really encouraged me to get out there and get with other volunteers." It's been phenomenal and I really do enjoy it whether we're delivering meals or sorting through can goods and dry foods. This program is amazing and it really makes a big difference in so many people's lives.

"What’s been accomplished by Drive to End Hunger in a relatively short time is absolutely inspiring," said team owner Rick Hendrick. He then added, "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."

Gordon has won twice this season, but both were with Axalta Coatings as the primary sponsor. There are still 11 races left unsponsored for Gordon in 2015 despite AARP, Axalta, Panasonic, and Pepsi all on board with the team.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon
Teams Hendrick Motorsports
Article type Breaking news