Winning the good race

I learned early in my career, that being in the limelight is less about taking and more about giving back.

As NASCAR drivers, we have to be inspiring and responsible role models, or else we are only fulfilling 50% of our potential.

I have been lucky enough to work with and support a number of nonprofits throughout my career and I am proud to continue to do so.

Back when I was racing, I always leaned heavily to supporting racing-oriented causes such as the Victory Junction Gang Camp, founded by Adam, Austin, Montgomery Lee, Pattie and Kyle Petty, The Jimmie Johnson Foundation, the Jeff Gordon Foundation, The T. Wayne Robertson Memorial Fund, the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Clot Connect and the Hendrick Marrow Program.

However, as I left the race track and entered into other fields, I started to look into other causes that I could bring to the attention of my fans, friends, colleagues and the general public.

Through various events in my life and meeting really interesting people doing really amazing work I found new passions in completely different fields.

I am proud to be currently supporting the following charities

Quick Quote

"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

- Albert Einstein

I love to work with charities that are close to my heart.

Justice and prison reform are very important to my wife and I. We have both been wrongfully accused of things in our personal and professional life before, so this always resonated for us. Even outside of the justice system, in general, I would say that society’s shift towards a mentality of “guilty until proven innocent” is wrong and very dangerous. You see this sometimes inside the justice system but the justice system also has other systemic problems.

In addition to criminal justice reform, I have recently started working with a brilliant friend, Steve Kuhn, on his foundation for immigration reform in America. It’s called IDEAL Immigration. I really like where his head is at on this. I think it has a real shot of happening and making a very positive difference for our country.

There is more to come.

I am committed to using my public profile and dedication to further great causes. I have always tried to do things that have a positive impact, but I really got the bug when I did some work with the Victory Junction Gang Camp in honor of my old friend Adam Petty who passed away. That was really cool for many reasons and really gave me the inspiration to be engaged in so many great causes over the years, including most recently with the Sunny Center, Innocence Project and Bail Project. It has been really special to see how it has impacted peoples’ lives. To spend time with someone who was released from prison after 15 years of being wrongfully accused of a crime they didn’t commit is heart wrenching and inspiring. To witness their positive attitude, feel their gratitude and watch how they pay it forward and go on to do great things is truly amazing!