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Posted: Thursday October 4, 2012 7:27PM ; Updated: Thursday October 4, 2012 7:27PM

Gordon's sponsor inks 1-year contract extension

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Jeff Gordon has helped raise more than $17 million through corporate and individual supprt.
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TALLDEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports announced a contract extension Thursday through 2014 with sponsor AARP and AARP Foundation.

The AARP Foundation signed a three-year deal in 2011 with its "Drive to End Hunger'' campaign to be Gordon's primary sponsor. It became the first cause-related sponsorship to sign on as primary sponsor for a major race team.

The one-year extension gives Drive to End Hunger the opportunity to continue addressing hunger issues among elder Americans.

"We are excited to build on the great work of these last two years to help the nearly nine million older Americans who face the threat of hunger.

Gordon, a four-time NASCAR champion, has helped deliver food to food banks and actively supported the cause since partnering with the campaign. The initiative has led to the donation of more than 13 million meals to hungry older Americans and raised more than $17 million through corporate and individual support.

"It has been an honor and a pleasure to be part of Drive to End Hunger these last two seasons, and I'm excited to keep pushing in the fight against older adult hunger,'' Gordon said. "Going around the country -- especially during race weeks -- I have been constantly reminded about the generosity of NASCAR fans.

"I got to see race fans reaching for their wallets, packaging meals for local food banks, and texting donations to help millions of older Americans who face the threat of hunger every day. I can't wait to see what we can do the next two years.''

Drive to End Hunger is the primary sponsor of Gordon's No. 24 Chevrolet in 22 Sprint Cup Series races.

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