Yesterday, Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, members of the Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) pit crew, and Credit One Bank executives surprised Meeting Street Academy (MSA) students with a trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Credit One Bank and the NASCAR Foundation also donated a custom-designed school bus to Meeting Street Academy.
The students had the field trip of a lifetime consisting of a STEM-focused tour of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, followed by a surprise reveal of a new, custom-designed school bus, mirroring the design of Larson’s No. 42 Credit One Bank Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. MSA students got an up-close view of the new bus, complete with the Credit One Bank and Meeting Street Academy logos. The students piled in to pose for photos with Larson and the CGR team.
“It was great to get to spend some time with the students from Meeting Street Academy today, and a lot of fun surprising them with their new school bus,” said Larson. “A lot of the students here today I met a couple years ago when we first visited Meeting Street, so it’s neat to see them again, have some fun, and continue motivating and encouraging them to continue to work hard in school.”
“This is a once in a lifetime experience for these kids, and we were so excited to see Kyle Larson surprise them all,” said Dirk Bedford, Principal of Meeting Street Academy. “Through the donation and experiences such as today, we hope to inspire the students about learning and their future.”
After the bus reveal, the CGR pit crew addressed the students about how teamwork and life lessons learned through racing apply to their current studies.
“Credit One Bank is proud to be part of Meeting Street Academy’s mission in empowering young students from underserved communities,” said John Coombe, senior vice president of communications, Credit One Bank. “We’re delighted to utilize our partnerships with Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR to create unique opportunities for the students like this.”
Before taking time to work with MSA in Charlotte, N.C., Larson raced to victory and a $1 million prize in the Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 18. Larson raced his way into the prestigious event with a win in the Monster Energy Open, which took place just prior to the All-Star Race. Larson is only the second driver to win both the Open and All-Star Race in the same night.