CONCORD, N.C. & ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M will join 11-time Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports
beginning with the 2015 NASCAR season when it will become a primary
sponsor of driver Jeff Gordon and his No. 24 Chevrolet SS team.
The new relationship will feature 3M as a primary sponsor in 11 Sprint
Cup races annually and as an associate-level partner in all other
events. The agreement covers the 2015, 2016 and 2017 NASCAR seasons.
All five of 3M's business units, which comprise more than $31 billion in
annual sales, will use the sponsorship in consumer promotions, product
launches and business-to-business opportunities.
“At 3M, we play to win, and we push hard every day to do just that,”
said Jesse Singh, senior vice president, 3M Global Sales and Marketing.
“With this deal, we align with champion driver Jeff Gordon and an
organization at the top of its game in Hendrick Motorsports. What they
do in the garage and on the track exemplifies what we’re all about in
our labs, plants and business teams around the world.”
With more than 65 of its products used in the construction and
maintenance of Sprint Cup Series race cars, 3M for decades has played a
key role in the success of NASCAR teams. The company manufactures more
than 80,000 different products and has been an official NASCAR partner
across several categories since 1995.
“The range of 3M’s business is just incredible,” said Rick Hendrick,
owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “It’s an amazingly diverse company that
spends billions in research and development to continue rolling out new
and innovative products. We’re already using many of them throughout the
organization, and when you consider the potential for both consumer and
business-to-business programs connected to our sport, the possibilities
One of the most accomplished drivers in NASCAR history, Gordon is a
four-time Cup Series champion, and his 90 victories rank third on the
all-time wins list. Currently second in points, he has two victories,
one pole position, seven top-five finishes and 15 top-10s in 22 Sprint
Cup races this season.
“Innovation is what 3M is known for,” said Gordon, 43, who has a
lifetime contract with Hendrick Motorsports. “We’ve seen that approach
throughout their involvement in NASCAR, and it’s a terrific fit for what
we do at Hendrick Motorsports and with the No. 24 team. I’m personally
excited about the opportunities and thrilled to represent a company
that’s so passionately supported auto racing for such a long time.”
3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms
them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative
collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies
that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops
inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide
and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information,
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ABOUT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS:
Founded by Rick Hendrick in
1984, Hendrick Motorsports has earned more than 200 race victories and a
record 11 car owner championships in NASCAR's premier division, the
Sprint Cup Series. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2014, the
organization fields four full-time Chevrolet teams on the Sprint Cup
circuit with drivers Kasey Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale
Earnhardt Jr. Headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, Hendrick
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