CONCORD, N.C. – Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick’s love of cars is well-documented.

This week, he added a very special car to his collection – for a very special cause.

At Barrett-Jackson, General Motors and Chevrolet offered two first retail production Corvette models for auction.

Hendrick purchased the Corvette ZR1 – the fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever built. The auction proceeds will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its work supporting wounded veterans through the Building for America’s Bravest program.

The other model – the Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe signed by President George W. Bush – was purchased by Chevrolet dealer John Staluppi with the proceeds benefiting the Bush Center’s Military Service Initiative.

“GM and Chevrolet are proud to honor and support the brave men and women of our armed forces,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. Sales and Service. “Thanks to the generosity of two of our dealers, John Staluppi and Rick Hendrick, we will be able to offer additional support to some of our most severely wounded veterans through the Bush Center Military Service Initiative and the Siller Foundation Building for America’s Bravest effort – both extremely worthy organizations.”

GM and Chevrolet were proud to help support the organizations, as more than 6,000 veterans are employed at GM and there are more than 50,000 GM retirees who are veterans.