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#24 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Team News

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Hendrick Motorsports
William Byron

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Liberty University (12 races)
Axalta Coating Systems (10 races/2018; 13/2019)(2022)
Axalta Racing
UniFirst (3 races)
Hertz (4+1 races)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
Valvoline (2022)
Team Valvoline
Siemens (2024)
Ricoh (2020)

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Team Hendrick - Twitter
Hendrick Motorsports - Facebook
Hendrick Motorsports - YouTube
William Byron - Twitter
William Byron - Facebook
William Byron - Instagram
William Byron - YouTube

STATISTICS
William Byron - ESPN
William Byron - Racing-Reference.info

MORE INFO
2018 #24 Paint Schemes
2017 #24 Paint Schemes (Chase Elliott)
2017 #5 Paint Scheme page (Kasey Kahne)
2016 #24 Paint Schemes
2016 #5 Paint Scheme page
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact

Liberty University [12] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at these 2018 races:
Atlanta - 2/25
Martinsville - 3/25
Texas - 4/8
Talladega - 4/29
Kansas - 5/12
Charlotte - 5/27
Michigan - 6/10
Sonoma - 6/24
Daytona - 7/7
Kentucky - 7/14
Bristol - 8/18
Indianapolis - 9/9
Richmond - 9/22

Axalta [10] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at these 2018 races:
Daytona - 2/18
Las Vegas - 3/4
Phoenix - 3/11
Auto Club - 3/18
Bristol - 4/15
Richmond - 4/21
Dover - 5/6
New Hampshire - 7/22
Pocono - 7/29, Imron
Darlington - 9/2
Las Vegas - 9/16

UniFirst [3? races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor for these 2018 races:
Pocono - 6/3
Chicago - 7/1
Charlotte - 9/30
Kansas - 10/21

Hertz [4+1 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor for these 2018 races:
Charlotte - 5/19, Open/All-Star
Watkins Glen - 8/5
the rest TBA

No sponsor listed yet to be the primary sponsor for these 2018 races:
Michigan - 8/12
Dover - 10/7
Talladega - 10/14
Martinsville - 10/28
Texas - 11/4
Phoenix - 11/11
Homestead - 11/18

Contact Status: Driver: 2018; Sponsors: Axalta 2022; Liberty University 2018; UniFirst 2023; Hertz 2019


changed from #5 to #24 for the 2018 season with William Byron driving

#24 Team / Driver News

Special Axalta scheme for Byron at Pocono: This weekend at Pocono Raceway, Axalta returns as the primary partner of the #24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, but with a special new scheme. The #24 Axalta/Imron Chevy is reminiscent of the #9 Axalta Chevrolet that William Byron drove in the NASCAR Xfinity Series last year, with a gray base and neon yellow accents. [More](7-25-2018)

Byron to pilot throwback rainbow ride at Darlington: When the Southern 500 rolls around this September, fans certainly won't have a hard time picking William Byron's paint scheme from the bunch. The rookie will pilot a throwback No. 24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 paying homage to one of the most famous No. 24 paint schemes of all time - Jeff Gordon's iconic rainbow-colored ride from the 1990s.[More](5-18-2018)

Hertz joins Hendrick Motorsports as primary sponsor of William Byron: The Hertz Corporation, one of the world's largest vehicle rental companies, has joined 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of leading rookie of the year contender William Byron and his iconic No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team beginning in 2018. As part of the two-year agreement, Hertz will be primary sponsor of the No. 24 team in four points-paying Cup Series races in both 2018 and 2019 and an associate-level partner in all other events. Additionally, Hertz will sponsor Byron in the non-points 2018 NASCAR All-Star Race weekend events at the driver's hometown track of Charlotte Motor Speedway. [More](5-16-2018)

Axalta, Hendrick extend partnership: Axalta (NYSE: AXTA), a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, and 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have agreed to a four-year contract extension that will take one of the most enduring sponsorships in NASCAR through 2022. Beginning in 2018 and throughout the new 2019-2022 agreement, Axalta will be featured as a 25-race primary sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports' Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams competing in the Cup Series. Over the next two years, Axalta will be a primary sponsor of Hendrick Motorsports drivers Alex Bowman (15 races in 2018 and 12 races in 2019) and William Byron (10 races in 2018 and 13 races in 2019). Schedules for the 2020-2022 seasons will be announced at a later date.[More](3-23-2018)

New look for Byron's Liberty University Chevy: The No. 24 Liberty University paint scheme has been updated since its debut at Atlanta, with the number color changing from red to white in order to increase visibility.[More](3-21-2018)

Step up in class has been an eye-opener for William Byron: To call William Byron's initiation into the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series a baptism by fire wouldn't be giving enough credit to the fire. To say the least, the 20-year-old Liberty University sophomore has had a rough debut in his first three races at NASCAR's highest level, but not for a lack of grit or effort.[More](3-7-2018)

Drivers council gets new members: Reigning Cup champion Martin Truex Jr. and youngsters Ty Dillon and William Byron are the newest members of the Drivers Council, NBC Sports has confirmed. They replace Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon and Chase Elliott.[More](2-15-2018)

Byron suddenly a familiar face as he readies for Daytona 500 debut: William Byron's face brightened and he laughed a bit talking about his new high-definition reality as a member of the championship Hendrick Motorsports team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The 20-year old rookie got his first taste of stardom earlier this week and said he was a little taken aback when he unexpectedly got "recognized" having dinner at an Outback Steakhouse near Daytona International Speedway.[More](2-14-2018)

Doug Douchardt named COO at Chip Ganassi Racing: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted to Managing Director of the team's NASCAR Operation joining Mike Hull, Managing Director of the team's INDYCAR and IMSA Operations. Additionally, a newly formed Corporate Office will include Team Owner and CEO Chip Ganassi, President Steve Lauletta, COO Duchardt, CFO Chuck Gottschalk and Vice President of Human Resources Rob Wilder. The Corporate Office will oversee all of CGR's racing and commercial activities globally.[More](1-3-2018)

Darian Grubb named crew chief for William Byron: Hendrick Motorsports has named veteran crew chief Darian Grubb to lead the #24 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 team of driver William Byron, who will make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2018 and compete for rookie of the year honors.[More](11-1-2017)

Liftmaster will not renew sponsorship with Hendrick: The company sponsored Kasey Kahne in three races this season on the #5 Chevy.[More](10-12-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports unveils 2018 paint schemes: Thursday evening, Hendrick Motorsports ushered in a new era with the reveal of its four primary Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 paint schemes for the 2018 Daytona 500. The thrilling event, held in uptown Charlotte, not only featured all four of the organization's 2018 drivers - Chase Elliott, William Byron, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman - but also saw Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick, four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon, 14-time most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 1988 Cup champion Bill Elliott supporting them on stage.[More](10-5-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports 2018 car reveal Thursday at NHOF On Oct. 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will reveal the 2018 Daytona 500 primary paint schemes for all four of its Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 teams. It will mark the first time Hendrick Motorsports has unveiled all four of its Daytona 500 cars together and the first official appearance of the team's 2018 driver lineup:
- Chase Elliott and the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- William Byron and the #24 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Jimmie Johnson and the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- Alex Bowman and the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The event is open to fans via the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Information on how fans can attend is available at the NHOF website. The event will also be streamed live on NASCAR.com and the Hendrick Motorsports Facebook page.(Hendrick Motorsports / NASCAR Hall of Fame)[Read More Here](10-3-2017)

Kahne to drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2018: Leavine Family Racing (LFR) has announced that Kasey Kahne will pilot the #95 Chevrolet Camaro for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season. Kahne, who has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since 2012, has signed on to be LFR's primary driver for the 2018 season.[More](9-19-2017)

Darian Grubb named crew chief of the #5 Chevy Hendrick Motorsports has named Darian Grubb crew chief of the #5 Chevrolet SS team and driver Kasey Kahne for the remaining nine playoff races of the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season. He will be atop the pit box for Sunday's event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Grubb replaces Keith Rodden, who was the team's crew chief for 99 races. Rodden remains under contract to Hendrick Motorsports through the end of the 2017 season and will be assigned other responsibilities. The team's crew chief for the 2018 season has not been determined.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Read More Here](9-18-2017)

Liberty University sponsoring Byron for 12 races: Liberty University and 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have reached a two-year agreement that will make the world's largest Christian university a primary sponsor of the #24 Chevrolet Camaro driven by William Byron. Byron, 19, will carry primary sponsorship from Liberty University in 12 Cup Series races in both 2018 and 2019.[More](8-30-2017)

Chase Elliott to drive the #9 in 2018; William Byron in the #24: In 2018, 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports will introduce the #9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro to its four-car team with Elliott in the driver's seat. The Dawsonville, Georgia, native raced the #9 to the 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series title, and his Hall of Fame father Bill Elliott memorably drove it to 38 Cup-level wins and the 1988 series championship. When Byron starts his first career Daytona 500 next year, it will be in the iconic #24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet made famous by four-time Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and his storied Rainbow Warriors team. Byron will begin his 2018 rookie season at the same age Gordon was (20) when he made his Cup debut in 1992.[More](8-29-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports announces several team promotions: Hendrick Motorsports has elevated eight senior leaders into new positions designed to strengthen the 12-time and defending NASCAR Cup Series champions and enhance the team's overall management structure. The eight executives, who will assume their new roles immediately, have more than 150 combined years of service with the organization.[More](8-15-2017)

Kahne talks about 2018: Kasey Kahne met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway and discussed his reaction to the announcement that he will not return to the #5 Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports in 2018, his thoughts on where he might race next season, and other topics.[More](8-11-2017)

Hendrick, Byron press conference transcript: William Byron and Rick Hendrick met with the media Wednesday to discuss the announcement that Byron will be piloting the #5 Chevrolet in 2018 for Hendrick Motorsports.[More](8-9-2017)

William Byron to compete in the NASCAR Cup Series for Hendrick Motorsports beginning in 2018: Record-breaking teenager William Byron will drive for 12-time NASCAR Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports beginning next season. He will debut at stock car racing's highest level in the 2018 Daytona 500 and compete for rookie of the year honors. Byron's #5 Chevrolet team will feature sponsorship from Axalta Coating Systems and Liberty University, which currently support the 19-year-old driver in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Beginning in 2018, the two primary sponsors will cover the majority of Byron's Cup races annually. Additional details of the multi-year partnerships will be announced at a later date.[More](8-9-2017)

Kahne released from Hendrick Motorsports: Hendrick Motorsports and Kasey Kahne will end their six-year run together following the 2017 NASCAR Cup Series season. The driver has been released from the final year of his contract, allowing him to immediately pursue opportunities for 2018.[More](8-7-2017)

Hendrick Motorsports GM Doug Duchardt leaving Hendrick Motorsports executive vice president and general manager Doug Duchardt will leave the organization later this summer. He will remain in his role through the end of June. Duchardt, 53, came to Hendrick Motorsports in January 2005 as vice president of development, a position in which he oversaw race car design, engineering and production. In July 2013, he was elevated to the newly created role of general manager, directing all racing operations for the team. Duchardt's responsibilities will be assigned to multiple team members, including Hendrick Motorsports president Marshall Carlson, chief financial officer Scott Lampe and vice president of competition Ken Howes. The organization does not plan to fill the general manager role.(Hendrick Motorsports)[Read More Here](6-6-2017)

Hendrick cars running Monster logos when required UPDATE: Car owner Rick Hendrick gave a short response to a question Friday about his cars not always displaying logos of Cup series sponsor Monster Energy when they are away from the track.

UPDATE: Monster Energy doesn't have a problem with Hendrick Motorpsorts taking steps to avoid using the Monster logo when its cars or drivers are not in the garage. [More](2-28-2017)

Forbes ranks NASCAR's most valuable teams: A dozen years ago, few leagues could match the popularity of NASCAR, which boasted record-high viewership and was going toe-to-toe with the NFL. But then few leagues suffered worse during the economic crash.[More](2-23-2017)

Liberty University partners with Hendrick Automotive Group on dealership management class: In the spring, Liberty University will pilot its first course in automotive dealership management, thanks to a partnership with Hendrick Automotive Group, the nation's largest privately held automotive retail organization. Liberty plans to offer a full specialization next fall, under its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Dan DeHass, executive general manager for Mall of Georgia Mazda, Mall of Georgia MINI and Rick Hendrick Buick GMC, said there is a "giant void" for educating students in automotive dealership management and that most college students may not realize the "unbelievable opportunities within the industry." Only two other colleges in the nation have these programs, even though the U.S. has the second-largest automotive industry in the world (behind China). Students will be trained in managing a dealership as well as how to adapt to technology in an ever-changing marketplace. "The purpose is building future owners of dealerships," Hicks said. "If we can get students to think like owners and to learn the business that well, they are going to make phenomenal employees and, potentially, owners." Hendrick Automotive Group is working with Liberty to develop the curriculum, and some of its employees will contribute to course instruction, including prerecorded and live videos. The North Carolina-based automotive company has an extensive training program in place, which will be incorporated into expanding Liberty's curriculum.(Liberty University)(11-28-2016)

Farmers to end sponsorship of #5 Hendrick team after 2017: Farmers Insurance and Hendrick Motorsports have both confirmed that the L.A.-based insurer will not renew its primary sponsorship of the NASCAR team's #5 Sprint Cup Chevy after its deal expires following the 2017 season. Farmers originally came aboard with HMS' #5 driven by Kasey Kahne in 2011 for 22 races in a deal that sources valued between $10-15M annually. Farmers, which is represented in motorsports by Just Marketing Int'l, eventually extended its deal in 2014 through the 2017 season, while reducing to 12 primary race sponsorships and serving as an associate sponsor for all other races. The deal with HMS represents Farmers' only play in NASCAR, and sources were not sure if the brand had plans to redirect resources in the sport or if the move indicated a total exit from NASCAR.(Sports Business Daily)(10-27-2016)

Hendrick announces new sponsor for Kahne and HMS: UniFirst and 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports have reached an eight-year agreement that will make the workwear and textile service company a primary sponsor of the #5 Chevy driven by Kasey Kahne. The contract runs through the year 2023. As the new Official Workwear Provider of Hendrick Motorsports, UniFirst will be a two-race primary sponsor in both 2016 and 2017, with the relationship increasing to three primary races annually from 2018-2023. In addition, UniFirst will be a full-season associate sponsor of the #5 team. UniFirst will make its Sprint Cup Series primary sponsorship debut later this season with back-to-back races Oct. 23 at Talladega and Oct. 30 at Martinsville.
"UniFirst is excited to be a primary sponsor of Kasey and Hendrick Motorsports," said Adam Soreff, director of marketing and communications for UniFirst. "This partnership is a great opportunity for our company because Hendrick Motorsports is one of the premier -- and most highly respected -- teams in professional auto racing. UniFirst's broad customer base, which includes 300,000 business locations across North America, employs thousands of enthusiastic NASCAR fans, so this relationship is a natural fit. We're extremely proud to have the UniFirst brand represented in such a dynamic atmosphere."
UniFirst is one of North America's largest workwear and textile service companies, providing managed uniform, protective clothing, custom corporate image apparel, and ancillary facility services programs to businesses in virtually all industries. As part of the new relationship, UniFirst will supply work clothing and uniforms to Hendrick Motorsports and sister company Hendrick Automotive Group, which is the largest privately held retail automotive organization in the United States.
"When a sponsor feels strongly enough to commit for eight years, it sends a clear message," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "There's tremendous excitement about the opportunities our team and our sport present for UniFirst. They have a reputation for world-class service, the highest quality products and services, and having incredible people. We share a similar mindset and culture, and we're looking forward to working together across our entire organization."
Since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, Kahne, 36, has earned three Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berths and five race wins with the #5 team. The Enumclaw, Washington, native has 17 career victories, 27 pole positions and 166 top-10 finishes in NASCAR's top division. "UniFirst will be a great addition to our partners at Hendrick Motorsports," Kahne said. "They're a reliable company that we've worked with at Kasey Kahne Racing for a long time, so I was happy to hear they are coming on board. I'm looking forward to having them as part of the #5 team and working with them in the years to come."(HMS), see image of the scheme on the #5 Team Schemes page (10-6-2016)


Martin holds record for wins in a season for the #5 car: Mark Martin made 2009 the most successful season ever [in term of wins] for the #5 car in terms of wins, Martin won five races in 2009, the most ever by the #5 car. The car #5 has won a total of 39 races in 1277 starts. Below are the top four seasons for wins by the #5 car.
Year, Driver, Wins
2009, Mark Martin, 5
1995, Terry Labonte, 3
1994, Terry Labonte, 3
1984, Geoff Bodine. 3
Most Wins in car #5: Terry Labonte with 12
BUT Terry Labonte won the 1996 Sprint Cup Championship running the #5 car, winning 2 races.(ESPN and Racing Reference)(11-27-2009)

Drivers who have won with the #5 at Hendrick Motorsports [1984-current]:
Terry Labonte 12 (1996 champ)
Geoff Bodine, 7
Kasey Kahne, 6
Martin Martin, 5
Ricky Rudd, 4
Kyle Busch, 4
38 wins for the #5 under Hendrick Motorsports ownership and 7 by other drivers with different owners for 44 wins by the car #5.
Wins by other drivers with other drivers running the #5.
Cotton Owens, 3
Neil Bonnett, 2
Morgan Shepherd, 1
Bobby Johns, 1
(11-18-2017)

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