NASCAR JOINS BEYOND THE SPORT – NASCAR officials announced Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway that it would join Beyond The Sport, a global organization that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to create positive social change.

“We’re obviously very honored to be a part of what’s going on at Beyond Sport,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “The idea is that teams, leagues, athletes come together to share best practices of what they’re doing. It puts us on a big stage, which we’re excited about. And frankly, it matches perfectly with directionally where we’re going. We’re investing a lot with kids. We’re certainly focused on the environment and giving back to different communities.”

NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya also attended the announcement.

“Pretty much every driver has a foundation or does something to support other charities and other drivers’ foundations,” said Johnson, who created the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, which exists to help children, families and communities in need. “This is a perfect fit. I’m very proud of the effort and the work the Jimmie Johnson Foundation has done, and I look forward to sharing our best practices and just trying to give back. There’s a huge void out there, and if it wasn’t for the nonprofit world, there would be even a larger gap.”

McDOWELL SPONSOR – Presbyterian Healthcare announced it will partner with Michael McDowell, driver of the No. 98 Ford Fusion, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

As part of the sponsorship, McDowell's car will exclusively sport the Presbyterian Healthcare logo during the Coca-Cola 600 race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway beginning Thursday, May 24. Presbyterian is using the partnership as an opportunity to promote to a wide audience the importance of regular health screenings to save lives.

The back of McDowell's car will publicize a Presbyterian website ( The site helps people better understand which screenings they should have based on their ages and health history and how to access the screenings through Presbyterian Healthcare/Novant Health's programs.

To formally announce the partnership, Presbyterian Healthcare, Phil Parsons Racing and Michael McDowell will host a news conference with a show car unveiling on May 21 at 1 p.m. at Presbyterian Hospital. After the news conference, McDowell will visit children at Presbyterian's Hemby Children's Hospital. The community can view the car at Presbyterian Hospital from 2-7 p.m.