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AdventHealth, one of the nation’s largest faith-based health systems, will expand its relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) and team up with Kyle Larson on the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the 2019 Monster Energy Open, as the team looks to earn a spot in the Monster Energy All-Star Race. This will be the first time AdventHealth will be featured on the No. 42 car.
Later in the season, AdventHealth will return to the track with Kurt Busch, a former NASCAR Cup Series champion, on the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for the Oct. 20 playoff race at Kansas Speedway.
A partner with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) since 2016, AdventHealth served as a primary partner on the No.1 car with Jamie McMurray behind the wheel and sponsored his entry in this year’s Clash at DAYTONA and the DAYTONA 500.
Additionally, AdventHealth helped develop a robust Human Innovation and Development Lab (HIDL) at the Chip Ganassi Racing shop in Concord, N.C., earlier this year. The HIDL features tools and technology to improve the performance of CGR’s pit crews and drivers, focusing on unique activities to help prepare the drivers and crew both mentally and physically.
With nearly 50 hospitals in almost a dozen states, there is a racetrack within a few hours of almost every AdventHealth market, including AdventHealth Shawnee Mission, AdventHealth Lenexa, AdventHealth South Overland Park and AdventHealth Ottawa in Kansas; AdventHealth Daytona Beach in Florida; and AdventHealth Gordon in Georgia.
In addition to the race team sponsorship, AdventHealth has had a relationship with the Daytona International Speedway since 2014. As the Official Healthcare Partner of Daytona International Speedway, AdventHealth cares for more than 1,000 patients each year on site. In the event of an emergency, there are 11 AdventHealth ambulances, two care centers and nine first aid stations standing ready to care for drivers and fans alike. The AdventHealth injector – or gate entrance – at the Daytona Beach, Florida track is a 20,000-plus-square-foot oasis within a concrete jungle. The hospital system’s injector features messages of health, well-being and wholeness, as well as interactive games that naturally tie the sport of racing to health and wellness, testing race fans’ hand-eye coordination – a vital skill on the racetrack.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
• Kansas Playoff Plans – Busch, who is in his 20th season racing in the Cup series, has been somewhat of a fixture in the NASCAR playoffs, earning a spot in the postseason in all but three of the 15 seasons in which the playoff system has been in place. This season Kansas will again serve as the cutoff race for the second round of the Playoffs, with the top-eight drivers advancing to the next round.
• David Banks, Chief Strategy Officer, AdventHealth: We are excited to further expand our partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing to include markets outside the state of Florida. The race team partnership provides us with an excellent platform to be able to reach the communities we serve, inspiring consumers to take control of their health and live their best life. To be able to be a small part of the Chip Ganassi Racing story and success, as a health care partner and sponsor of the HIDL, is something our 80,000 team members can celebrate.
• Kyle Larson, Driver No. 42 AdventHealth Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: “I am excited to have AdventHealth on our car for the All-Star weekend. I have had the chance to meet them over the last few years and hope we can show them a great time with the 42 team. Our team does a great job on and off the track working with our partners and to have AdventHealth on the 42 car for the first time is a great example of that work. We’ll have some work to do to get into the All-Star race, but I’m looking forward to the challenge of racing into the main event.”
• Kurt Busch, Driver No. 1 AdventHealth Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: “I am thrilled to have AdventHealth onboard for our playoff push in Kansas later this season. I was first introduced to AdventHealth this year through the work they do at the Human Innovation and Development Lab at Chip Ganassi Racing. It is motivating to see how they work with our trainers to help our team feel whole while performing at our highest level every weekend. I am thankful that AdventHealth is continuing their partnership with CGR and look forward to delivering the results they deserve in Kansas this fall.”
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