‘Drive for Teal & Gold’ Campaign kicks off at Darlington

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by Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

As September begins, the second annual “Driver for Teal & Gold” campaign kicks off for the Martin Truex Jr. (MTJ) Foundation. The goal of the campaign is to raise funds and awareness for those who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

This cause is important to Truex and his longtime girlfriend, Sherry Pollex. In 2014, Pollex was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer and survived. The foundation was rebranded in 2015 to focus on supporting childhood and ovarian cancers.

Through the month of September, 28 drivers across all three NASCAR national divisions will sport teal and gold steering wheels customized from Max Papis Innovations (MPI). MPI will in turn donate 25 percent of each steering wheel purpose to the MTJ Foundation. Ryan Newman, one of the drivers participating in the campaign, will use customized gloves in addition to the steering wheel.  When the month ends, all the steering wheels will be auctioned off to benefit the MTJ foundation.

“Yeah, for our foundation in general, it’s been amazing and 28 steering wheels out there this month and here at Darlington, so can’t thank everybody enough for their support. I know everybody that’s met Sherry in the garage and everybody that knows her, she’s a big part of the reason why everybody is willing to do it,” said Truex at Darlington. “They know what kind of person she is and that she would do it for them as well. It just so happens my name is on our foundation and I think it makes this special for me as well, but I know in my heart it’s for her and that’s a really cool thing for me.”

Here is the list of drivers participating:

Cup

1. Clint Bowyer

2. Ty Dillon

3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.

4. Chase Elliott

5. Kevin Harvick

6. Jimmie Johnson

7. Erik Jones

8. Kasey Kahne

9. Matt Kenseth

10. Brad Keslowski

11. Joey Logano

12. Michael McDowell

13. Jamie McMurray

14. Paul Menard

15. Ryan Newman

16. Danica Patrick

17. David Ragan

18. Ricky Stenhouse

19. Daniel Suarez

20. Martin Truex Jr.

21. Cole Whitt

XFINITY

1. Justin Allgaier

2. William Byron

CAMPING WORLD TRUCK

1. Todd Gilliland

2. John Hunter Nemechek

3. Ben Rhodes

4. Myatt Snider

5. Ryan Truex

 

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