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CONCORD, N.C. -- SunEnergy1, one of the world’s largest privately held solar energy companies, has joined 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions Hendrick Motorsports as a primary sponsor of rookie of the year contender Chase Elliott.

With a three-year contract, SunEnergy1 will be a primary sponsor of Elliott’s No. 24 Chevrolet SS team for four Sprint Cup races annually. The agreement, which covers the 2016, 2017 and 2018 NASCAR seasons, also includes associate-level sponsorship.

“We at SunEnergy1 are more than thrilled to be joining Hendrick Motorsports for several years,” said Kenny Habul, founder and CEO of SunEnergy1. “It is a privilege to be on the No. 24 Chevrolet and support a driver like Chase Elliott, one of NASCAR’s rising stars. The Hendrick Motorsports family is a symbol of excellence and integrity. There is no better fit for SunEnergy1 in the sport.”

In 2016, SunEnergy1 will be featured as a primary sponsor July 2 at Daytona International Speedway, Aug. 7 at Watkins Glen International, Oct. 16 at Kansas Speedway and Nov. 13 at Phoenix International Raceway.

“SunEnergy1 has an incredible team with a clear vision for the company,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “Kenny has a passion for our sport and sees the opportunity for racing to help grow business. They’re leaders in an innovative industry, and it’s a great fit to pair them with a tremendous young talent in Chase Elliott. We’re committed to building this program together.”

At 20 years old, Elliott already has earned five NASCAR national series race victories. In 2014, the Dawsonville, Georgia, native won the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) championship while earning rookie of the year honors. Last season, he scored a series-best 27 top-10 finishes in NXS competition and started five points-paying Sprint Cup races.

“SunEnergy1 is on the cutting edge of the renewable energy industry,” said Elliott, who was voted by fans as NXS most popular driver in 2014 and 2015. “In the XFINITY Series, I raced against Kenny on the road courses. He’s a great competitor, and it will be fun to build this relationship with him and SunEnergy1. I’m looking forward to having them as a partner, and our whole team is focused on making the program a success.”

SunEnergy1 joins primary partners NAPA AUTO PARTS (24 races), 3M (five races), Kelley Blue Book (two races) and Mountain Dew (two races) to complete Elliott’s 37-race 2016 Sprint Cup schedule.