Axalta which currently sponsors the No. 24 Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon will move over to the No. 88 Chevrolet of Hendrick Motorspots teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the 2016 season.
An official announcement was made by Hendrick Motorpots on Tuesday. Axalta will sponsor Earnhardt in 13 races next season, 10 more than they sponsored Jeff Gordon this season.
“We began a journey 23 years ago with Hendrick Motorsports and a young driver named Jeff Gordon. Eighty poles, 92 wins and four championships later, we are proud of the run we’ve had with Jeff,” said Nigel Budden, Axalta vice president and head of its North America business. “Now, we are delighted to continue our relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and to adorn the hood of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Chevy SS with the Axalta logo in 2016. As our slogan says, ‘We Paint Winners,’ and by joining Dale we will continue to do so for years to come.”
Axalta and Hendrick Motorsports have been partners for 23 seasons during which Jeff Gordon has won four Sprint Cup Series titles and 92 races.
“Axalta and Hendrick Motorsports have an incredible story,” Earnhardt said. “For me, it’s meaningful to work with a sponsor that’s been so committed to our sport and has such a rich history in NASCAR. Continuing the partnership is special for all of us, and I’m already excited about what the car will look like. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.”