CONCORD, N.C. – Former Hendrick Motorsports driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Driven to Give Gloves campaign is back in 2019, centered around this weekend’s race at Kentucky Speedway.
Fifty-five drivers from multiple organizations across the NASCAR Xfinity Series and Cup Series – including all four Hendrick Motorsports teammates – will sport the skeleton-themed racing gloves that became Earnhardt’s signature this Saturday at the track.
Once the race is concluded, each driver will sign one glove and Earnhardt will sign the other before they will be auctioned off to benefit the Dale and Amy Earnhardt fund at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, which champions pediatric injury rehabilitation, research and prevention.
The gloves are set to be auctioned on July 12 on The NASCAR Foundation’s website.
The program has raised over $150,000 in just three seasons. Adding to the cause, Hendrick Motorsports driver Alex Bowman will not only sport the gloves during the race weekend but will also pilot a Nationwide Children’s Hospital paint scheme.
Austin (17), Brooklyn (7), and Emma Grace (11) are all part of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champion program, and the children and their families will be guests of Bowman and the No. 88 team for Saturday’s race.
“Last year, we expanded the Driven to Give gloves program to more than 30 drivers, and this year we’ll nearly double that thanks to all the support we have received from the drivers and teams,” Earnhardt said. “Helping Nationwide Children’s Hospital in its quest to offer fantastic, cutting-edge care and treatment to chronically ill children is a very worthy cause and one we plan to support for many years to come.”