The Chase Elliott Foundation announced that it has joined forces with NAPA Auto Parts and Hendrick Motorsports to expand the fifth edition of its “DESI9N TO DRIVE” art collaboration with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to include a full design makeover of Chase Elliott’s driver uniform and No. 9 race car for the upcoming Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this coming Sunday.
According to the team, the sketched designs are by Children’s cancer patients and will be depicted on Elliott’s racing suit, gloves, shoes and helmet in addition to a full paint out of the No. 9 NAPA Auto Part Chevrolet. Plus, similar to previous DESI9N TO DRIVE collaborations, the Alpinestars racing shoes of Elliott’s three Hendrick Motorsports teammates—Kyle Larson, William Byron and Alex Bowman—will also feature one-of-a-kind sketched designs by Children’s patients. The adapted designs were submitted by eight patients at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s in Atlanta, ranging in age from six to 15 years old.
The first designed element to be released is the paint scheme of Chase’s race car designed by 15-year-old Mary Frances Webb of Athens, Ga. Images of the other designed elements will be released prior to Darlington race weekend via social media.
Chase met with the media via Zoom on Monday to talk more about the project and the start of the NASCAR playoffs this weekend in Darlington. He also took a moment to discuss one of his other passions, the Georgia Bulldogs. Chase hopes to catch Saturday’s football game between Georgia and Clemson saying the contest in Charlotte, “kinda crept up on us. Hard to believe it’s already that time of year. I love this time of year. I’ll be watching somehow, someway, somewhere.”